To the editor: Mark Kurlansky, the author of the books “Salt” and “Cod,” has also written the lesser read “The Basque History of the World.”

In the latter book, he quotes Joseba Sarrionaindia, “In people’s lives and in social history there is always a first mistake, a little mistake, which happens almost imperceptibly, a momentary slip-up, but this first mistake creates others, and these mistakes follow each other accumulating little by little, one on top of another. Eventually, this creates a growing and fateful error.”

The question is when historians look back on Jan. 6, 2021, will that be an initial mistake or the fateful error?

Bill Anderson

Chestertown

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