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Letters, Nov. 7

You, too, will be canceled

Let’s imagine that you’ve lived a noble life — by early 21st century standards — and become a person of historical note. But early in the 22nd century, a panel convenes to reevaluate your legacy.

They note that even in a climate crisis, you continued to operate internal combustion vehicles. The sucking in of air through the pursed lips of panelists is audible.

Your rap sheet of abominations continues. Your reproductive footprint furthered population overshoot. You feasted on the flesh of other sentient life forms. You plumbed potable water into your home and defecated in it.

Members of the panel slowly shake their heads as they ponder your footloose moral turpitude. What on earth were you thinking?

Among the many sanctimonies of cancel-culture enthusiasts, none is more offensive than the conviction that we have ascended some pinnacle of ethical clarity in the 2020s — a position we believe grants us expansive purview to review and revise the lives of historical figures who, like us, were merely guilty of reflecting the prevailing orthodoxy of their day.

But we, too, will be weighed in the balance of future ethics and be found wanting. How will you measure up to tomorrow’s critics?

Steve Bismarck


Bring back Armistice Day

In 1938 Congress set aside Nov. 11 as Armistice Day, a day dedicated to world peace. It recognized the horror of World War I, “the war to end all wars,” and the desire to not repeat that ever again.

Sadly, in 1954 the idea of peace was expunged, deemed out of step with a growing nationalistic war culture. A day set aside to remember the horror of was replaced with celebrations prominently pushing the concept of war as part of American exceptionalism and our role in world politics.

What is the consequence? Endless wars, countless military veterans asked to risk their lives for political and economic ends. Another generation cursed with PTSD, drug abuse, broken homes and lost dreams. Trillions of dollars that could be used to uplift our nation wasted.

Bring back Armistice Day, a day for peace. Honor veterans on Memorial Day. Please contact all your representatives, state and nationally. If you have a bell, are a member of a church or organization, I ask you to ring that bell 11 times at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. For years those sounds were heard in towns across this nation. Bring it back.

Ken Gosling