The current economic situation brings out the best and worst in people. The nightly news is featuring stories about people who are rising to the occasion of this recession and unselfishly taking pay cuts and putting off raises to help their employer keep people working. Unfortunately, for some the frustration of looking for employment forces them into the murky waters of prejudice and selfishness. “How come that person has a job and I can’t find one?” When “that person” has an accent or disability or is a different color the risk is run of sliding down the slippery slope of prejudice. The United States may not be in the same position as Depression Era Germany—yet—but we are seeing and hearing the sort of frustrations that hateful people used to acquire power. For some the fear is so great that they cannot see beyond their own needs. I’m reading and hearing things that disturb me. I believe that we are in this lifeboat together. If you’re interested in what I’m seeing in our little corner of the South Sound read more.