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Give King, Lincoln and Washington their due

When I was in school, we celebrated Abraham Lincoln's and George Washington's birthdays separately in February, with the 12th off for Lincoln and 22nd for Washington.

Along comes Martin Luther King Jr., whose birthday is Jan. 15th, and the federal government feels the necessity to celebrate his birthday by closing schools and government offices in his honor. But to do that without adding another school holiday the Lincoln and Washington birthdays have been combined into a single "Presidents Day."

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So King gets his own day, and two of our greatest presidents don't. To top it all off, February is declared Black History Month, which is not even the same month as King's birthday.

January should have been Black History Month, to be celebrated along with King's birthday, and February should be given back to Lincoln and Washington individually.

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Craig Garfield, Ellicott City

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