One of the questions I ask of myself these days when political figures use "fear" to get votes and usurp the Constitution is: Why did "fear" not play as big a role in the decisions of the pioneers who came West? Perhaps it was because they faced it every day and had a better grasp on what was "real" and what was "unreal." Perhaps they were more protective of their rights regardless of the threats. Perhaps they were just grateful to survive for another day.

We, as a nation, have been through a lot worse than what is happening in the world today. Today, imagined threats to our safety are used to herd us like sheep and give power to a select group that uses that power to enhance its position.

Eugene Trousdale

Salt Lake City