Letter to the Editor

Use your head

Monday, October 5, 2020

As the November election draws nearer, there will be a constant stream of ads and stories in the newspaper and our TVs, computers and mobile devices. It might be easier if we could trust what we read or hear. But that's impossible in this era of fake news, false information and conspiracy theories. Our only defense is to use our heads when it comes to whether or not to take it seriously.

It's said there's a sucker born every minute. But we don't have to be among them. Instead we can pay attention to the source of the information in order to determine how reliable it is. We can be skeptical of so-called "experts" who have no real training or expertise in what they're talking about. And, whenever an ad quotes something someone has said, we can remember how easy it is to take a statement out of context and turn it into the opposite of what was intended.

When in doubt about something that sounds either too good or too bad to be true, we can keep from being bamboozled into believing false and erroneous information. Instead we can do a little fact checking at PolitiFact.com, FastCheck.org or Snopes.com.

This November's election is crucial for the wellbeing of our country. More than ever before it's of utmost importance that we exercise our right to vote and to vote carefully and intelligently.

Trisha Keninger Day

Spencer High School, Class of 1963

Oregon, Wisconsin