Letter: Let's learn the difference between truth and lies
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To the editor:
Hello dear neighbors,
My brother was a kind, fun, generous guy until the angry, divisive lies and misinformation from politicians and media took over his world. As I drove him to medical appointments near and far I listened to him rage with anger and threaten others. He developed a short, angry temper. He hated cops because they made him wear a seat-belt. Then he hated and threatened doctors, women, and all politicians. I learned he had amassed over fifty guns. With concern, I contacted our Sheriff. I was assured by the Deputy that he had all the right permits. I contacted his doctor who helped to arrange to move him quickly into assisted living. Later I learned that he also had large bombs. My brother has since passed but there are others in our communities who have become similarly disaffected.
The divisive, misinformation, lies, and false accusations we hear from many of our politicians and media are causing fear, violence, and division in our communities and nation. They have learned that the angry messaging and lies make good money and increase their power. They are destroying America.
Do we need gun control? How long do we wait? Do we need our politicians and media to present facts without angry emotion? Yes.
Could we come together in our community libraries and coffee shops to listen and talk about what we really want our Government to do for us rather than feel like we need to respond to everything they and the media throw at us? Can we learn techniques to tell the difference between truth and lies? Can we live together in our communities in peace and understanding? Let's learn.
In peace, thanks for listening.
Grey Eagle, MN