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Pursuing truth

To the Editor:

Re: “Down to last pill,” by Donald Allen (It’s Your Write, Aug. 31).

It is unfortunate that the stories Mr. Allen has read have caused him so much distress and anger that medication is necessary. I suggest a more holistic approach that will lead to less need for anger management. The approach is summed up nicely by Abraham Lincoln: “ I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts.”

Start at the beginning – cross-check what is presented to you as fact. Take the case of Fisker, the Finnish-based company with plans to build an electric car in the U.S. – yes, in the U.S. There is far more to this story than Mr. Allen recognizes, and the same is true for the Solyndra case.

Everyone should review these issues at sites such as factcheck.org and politifact.org. And if still unsure or suspicious, take the step to pursue references cited therein. However, stay away from chain emails.

If you are not pursuing independent sources of information, then at best you have lost all legitimate claim to being informed enough to cast a ballot, and at worst you run the risk of being a stooge for self-interested parties by spreading lies contrary to the national good.

One last thought, from Buddha: “In a controversy, the instant we feel anger we have already ceased striving for the truth, and have begun striving for ourselves.”

Robert Miller

Cary

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