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Dear Editor,

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

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 customers/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. I have found there are always three sides to all stories or points of view. 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 stand strongly for those beliefs. From my old tool bag “Everyone has an opinion, verify the source.” Who are the honest ones and who are the deceivers?

The micro doses of information (burps) such as TV, smart phones and computers, offer very limited information with little follow up. I have never heard any of these sources use a correction follow up. These are very limited sources of truth.

Trust is a very difficult concept for us to learn and requires good judgment and discernment. Trust defined means to have a firm belief in honesty and reliability. It 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 do not know what half you know.

Truth can be elusive. One must search hard for it. In today’s’ society, wrong is accepted as right, and lies are accepted as truth. Be cautious.

If you have a strong faith and believe in the Bible as Gods truth, some would say there is no other truth. Truth is freeing, and we need to protect it as it assures our freedoms. Support our truth tellers.

Rich and Nancy Hess, Trade Lake