On a warm September day in 1787, Benjamin Franklin emerged from Independence Hall in Philadelphia. Franklin was leaving what has come to be known as The Constitutional Convention. Originally it was simply the Philadelphia Convention, which was intended solely to improve upon the Articles of Confederation, the prevailing government of the time. As legend has it, a man approached him and demanded, What have you wrought? to which Franklin succinctly replied, A Republic, if you can keep it.
Several years ago, I had a shoulder injury, and the doctor told me I might need surgery to fix the small tear in my rotator cuff. So, I asked, “Doctor, if I have this surgery, about how much will it cost?”
I never thought I would write this, but the publisher of The New York Times, A.G. Sulzberger, is right.
Prosecutors dropped the charges against the man, and Metro promised to investigate the weekend incident at U Street station.