I applaud Franz Schneider (Mailbag, Sept. 3) for having the courage to expose modern parallels to Nazism. I expect that Schneider’s letter will elicit the usual invective from local right-wing minions, who start screaming whenever such comparisons are made. Some apologists (like Robert Gilbert, Mailbag, Feb. 14) even deny that fascism and Nazism were right-wing movements. Republicans are now in charge of all branches of our federal government, and creeping ever-closer towards a totalitarian regime.

It is worth noting Trump’s recent steps to militarize our police will and should evoke memories of the Brownshirts and Nazi SS. Our current president doesn’t seem to comprehend that encouraging or condoning police brutality will not make us safer. And, his pardon of racist Sheriff Joe Arpaio is yet another implied encouragement for white supremacists.

As for George Will, it saddens me that he uses his obvious intelligence not to enlighten, but to provide cover and camouflage for right-wing power mongers.

Mitch Scheele

Albany (Sept. 3)

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