Letter: The truth remains essential to our democracy

Posted 10/23/20

Two weeks ago, you wrote an editorial on a very important point in the guarantee of citizens maintaining their freedoms. Not only the significance to voting, but of “being informed” …

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Letter: The truth remains essential to our democracy

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Two weeks ago, you wrote an editorial on a very important point in the guarantee of citizens maintaining their freedoms. Not only the significance to voting, but of “being informed” before they vote — whether it be on a candidate or an issue.

The amount  of information is landsliding, and the ease of acquisition of this information prohibits just about everyone from hiding behind the age old line: “I didn't know anything about that.” Print, radio, television, internet — each have broadened the audience … and if somehow we “missed it,” we have email, cell phone, text, Facebook — so as even our friends can keep us informed, further removing from our arsenal of excuses: “I didn't know about that.”

But, however, although, just the same, the ONE ingredient which to me is the most significant and challenging, is determining that of all you read and heard in your effort and willingness to be informed, which or what is the Truth?

While yes it requires an effort, isn’t the result of preserving our democracy worth it?

Owen E. Trainor III 
Bristol

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