Letter to the Editor RTSA

Truth is most often used to mean “being in accord with fact or reality”.

Where do we find it locally? Our best source is our local papers. Why? Reporters have the mission of getting the facts and editors verify those facts. When the facts are reported, if they find an error, they print a correction.

Their accountability is to their neighbors whom they serve. Newspapers usually state their source of information along with the persons’ name or the group who reported the information. Letters to the editors are a good example. A writer must state who they are and are held accountable. When not, rebuttals must and do occur. Sorting for the truth or real facts requires work. If we lose our local papers, where will we find our local truth?

Most people have values and beliefs, along with life experiences that they hold as their standard. Some of us become so biased, we go to war over other’s opinions. 

“Everyone has an opinion, verify the source.” Who are the honest ones and who are the deceivers?

The micro doses of information such as TV, smart phones and computers, offer very limited information with little follow up. These are very limited sources of truth.

Trust is very difficult for us to learn and requires good judgment and discernment. Trust must be earned an inch at a time, and can be lost in less than a minute by just one lie, half-truth, or total deception. Beware of half-truths. You know not what half you know.

Rich Allan


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