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Change is frightening.

As the clock ticked through midnight on Jan. 1, marking the change between 2020 and 2021, for a lot of us, there was a great deal of anxiety mixed with optimism about what the coming year would bring.

History is history and we can’t change that. What we can change is including the painful facts of history so that history doesn’t repeat itself. But in today’s polarized political climate, even the teaching of history is divisive.

While the spring may have been colder than normal, the summer, so far, has been anything but. With several days of temperatures in the 80s and 90s so far, it doesn’t appear there’s going to be any change in trend at this point.