Letters to the editor published on Sunday, May 2, 2021.

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“And every time the Takers stamp out a Leaver culture, a wisdom ultimately tested since the birth of mankind disappears from the world beyond recall,” says novelist Daniel Quinn. Takers seek absolute and abusive control. Leavers desire only to live in harmony with all of nature — to live and let live. Which one are you?

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Industry in general, and the gun industry in particular, manipulates their advertisements based on this psychology. For example, the subliminally embedding of childhood struggles, such as "mine is bigger than yours," into the advertising and sales of more powerful and dangerous guns. Euphemizing assault weapons as "modern sporting rifles" and calling weapons "inert" to minimize their inherent dangerousness also comes to mind.

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In the 1980s, weather forecasters were ordered by their networks to stop mentioning the effects of a few degrees of temperature change on the jet stream flow pattern. The reasons given were that it was too “political” to report that development and will only “upset” the average American.

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