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To the editor:
Your community is fortunate to have a librarian, Mary Kathryn Gepner, willing to re-educate us all when it comes to war history.
Her Letter to the Editor in the April 7, 2022 edition was a shocker for me.
My father served in WWII and much of the history I know about those tumultuous world years, 1940-1945, came from my Mom. Mary Kathryn’s detailed and researched information made me chastise myself for not having more knowledge about such important times in history. In a world of five-word headlines, most of us doomscroll but never read the news content.
The opinions we automatically form can be harmful, inaccurate and unfortunately lead to popular opinion.
Elected officials must often take policy action on this popular opinion instead of doing the true work of governing. “We the people…,” is more than a declaration. If you live in America, it is an assignment.
Know the past and learn from it. Read up on history after you have read today’s news. Show respect for those who have a wealth of knowledge surrounding them at the workplace…at your library. I left a message for Mary Kathryn today. I hope to hear back. I intend to thank her, and ask for her help in choosing a good book or two so I can better understand the current Russia/Ukraine tragedy.
Knowledge can ruffle feathers. Be kind to your librarian.