I am a history buff and believe that if we don’t learn from history we will repeat it.

I hear a lot of people talking about fear, and I am reminded of the use of fear in 1936 and also how President Franklin Delano Roosevelt said, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”

We have in place in this country checks and balances, purposely placed in our Constitution. When Congress questions the executive branch or when the judicial branch questions Congress, each is compelled to answer these questions or be considered as breaking the law. We have to be extremely concerned when one branch of government oversteps its boundaries and ignores the requests of other branches.

Germany in the 1930s was overcome by hunger and fear and gladly listened to someone who promised to make life better. However, when that person decided he was above the law with the way he interpreted law and order in order to save people from their hunger and fear, it actually brought great disaster upon everyone who put their trust in his promises.

We don’t need to make scapegoats of people such as immigrants and political parties, because that is thinking with emotion rather than logic. Our system of government (as imperfect as it is) is based on logic and proven facts.

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The Bible tells us that when someone shares his dreams and predictions, it is most important to see what his life and actions have been and are. That is what history is about.

I believe this country of ours is made up of many logical, thinking citizens who will make good decisions based on clear reasoning and after weighing facts — no matter what that decision may be. Wisdom is a God-given gift; fear is not.

Maureen Franz

Duluth