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Just finished rereading the novel “1984,” and George Orwell’s vision seems to have chilling parallels with our lives now.

If Orwell were writing “1984” today, along with Big Brother slogans like “War is peace” and “Freedom is slavery,” he might add, “Lies are truth and truth is fake news.”

In the 2016 election, only about 60 percent of eligible voters found their way to a ballot, even facing the most bizarre, significant presidential race in recent history.

One percent of Americans have something like 80 percent of American wealth, and the new tax bill will further widen the gap between rich and poor.

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Language is changing rapidly as numerous internet abbreviations and acronyms are becoming vital parts of communication. Surely the internet threatens meaningful human contacts.

Our country has become perhaps irrevocably divided, not necessarily a “1984” factor but still worrisome.

Don’t get me started on climate change and war rumors.

Not a complete listing of troublesome matters, but enough to raise eyebrows and generate conversations. I don’t want to be right, but, remember, being paranoid doesn’t necessarily mean you are wrong.

Richard W. Swanson, Federal Way