Given a choice, would you vote for a turkey?

Tri-City HeraldNovember 5, 2012 

Would you vote for a turkey? That's a question opposing political parties may be asking right now — and the answer depends on one's perspective.

The voting results may ruffle feathers Tuesday, but the majority will have spoken. It happens time and again.

Back in 1782, at least two birds were in the running for a prestigious position. The future promised appearances on gold and silver coins, recognition as the symbol of freedom and a portrait on the U.S. National Seal of America.

Given a choice, would you vote for a turkey?

That's the question that came before the early Congress when Benjamin Franklin nominated a wild turkey to be the official U.S. state bird and another committee member submitted a naturalist's drawing of an American bald eagle. In the end, the eagle was chosen as our national centerpiece — and the turkey now decorates our table.

This choice ruffled Franklin's feathers, and he voiced his annoyance in a letter to his daughter. Nevertheless, to this day, the majestic eagle represents freedom in America, courage and the ability to soar to new heights.

Looking at these two photos taken by my friend, Mel Mashman, would you have voted for a turkey? Tell me our forefathers made the right choice!

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