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Why the past matters

Why the past matters

Although time seems to go much faster as we age, in order to assure the best possible future, it is important to remember — and to learn from — our past. Fortunately, we have many books, films and our own experiences to remind us (if we want to be reminded).

A good example to help us remember is the movie, “Vice,” which was nominated for several Oscars (and won for best makeup). While my contemporaries and I clearly remember Vice President Dick Chaney practically running our country and conspiring to get the U.S. into phony wars, along with opening Guantanamo and advocating torture, young people today need to be reminded of the perils of misinformation.

The old saying “history...