The idea to eliminate the observance of Thomas Jefferson’s birthday (“City considers nixing Jefferson’s birthday,” The Daily Progress, June 5) is a really bad one.

Like most of our Founding Fathers, as well as all of us today, Jefferson was a flawed individual. The fact that he was a slaveholder should not obscure the enormous good he did as the author of the Declaration of Independence, founder of the University of Virginia, and president of our country.

We seem to be in an era when parts of our history are being expunged. Unless this trend is curtailed, those growing up in the future will not have a balanced view of our country’s past. When we don’t know our history, we may end up with no history at all. We need to take the good with the bad, as every country needs to do.

Stuart Watterson, Albemarle County

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