It is dangerous for the leader of a country to spew angry rhetoric in a speech to instill hate and justify action. My father and others of the greatest generation had to respond to the result of another leader who stirred a legacy of hate and antisemitic furor. Yes, the Nazis approved of Hitler's violent verbal attacks against the Jews, but there were German citizens who suffered, or fled the destruction of their own country and way of life. Donald Trump's spiteful rhetoric against anyone who disagrees with him, particularly four congresswomen, is reaching a frightening level. Send her home? She is an American citizen! Send the Jews out of Germany? Well, we know where many Jews ended up in World War II. I fear for repercussions against people who came to this country leaving violence and persecution. I fear for people whose religion requires a different type of dress. I am afraid of people who act without thinking. Unless you are a Native American, you are here because someone in your family left another country for religious freedom, for a better life, for independence, or for a chance at a better life for themselves and their families.

Penny Goodsell


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