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There are some statements in recent articles in the Tribune that give us a strong hint as to what is wrong with our society.

When a state official complains about county or township control of issues because that eliminates efficient, central control but says that the federal government has too much central control, it is fair to assume that official just wants all the power because uniform, central control is either a good thing or it isn’t.

When a gun rights advocate complains that the police will always “err on the side of caution” when it comes to taking guns away from potentially dangerous individuals, it is fair to conclude that person would rather protect his guns than our children because the only other side to err on would be on danger’s side.

When an African-American columnist says that the African-American community would be better served with private-pay schools, it is fair to say that columnist doesn’t care about her own people because private-pay schools will take the best teachers and resources away from the poorest schools and concentrate them in the wealthiest schools.

When a president says that immigrants are dangerous individuals but hires large numbers of immigrants to work at his businesses, it is fair to say he lied because he wouldn’t put himself or his customers at risk if immigrants were that dangerous.

Reality is simply accepting that none of us is safe until all of us are safe. If we allow anything to come before the welfare of our neighbors, we put ourselves and our families at risk. Anyone who tells us that something is more important than society’s welfare has an agenda that doesn’t include our family’s welfare. Either learn to recognize a liar or prepare to be taken advantage of.

Eric Thompson, Bismarck

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