The news has been filled with so many "America is going to hell!" stories over the past year that I wish someone would just ask everyone to step back and take a deep breath. Something else that has been happening are retrospectives of what was happening in America 50 years ago. Look at all of the milestones! 1st man on the Moon! Stonewall! Woodstock! And something for allaboutweather...Hurricane Camille. Oh no! Our climate is getting worse! Sure, but 50 years ago we had a Cat 5 slam into the Gulf Coast killing hundreds. Race relations are terrible today! Yes, but whole cities are not in flames like back then. Gun violence is terrible now! And next year will be the anniversary of soldiers killing unarmed students. Do us guys fear that we're going to be drafted and sent halfway around the world to fight in a meaningless war? I know folks have a limited interest in history, but perhaps we should put today's situation in the context of how things were. We have always been an evolving nation. We go through bad periods and good. Stop running around like Chicken Little proclaiming the sky is falling. There will always be growing pains. We all need to come together and fight fear and hate. Knowledge is power. Common sense is strength. It might seem that there's not a lot of that out there, but it exists. Maybe it's time to stop blaming Russia for all of our problems. Maybe Pogo said it best, "We have met the enemy and he is us."