I partially agree with Mr. Florez. We should have respect for the opinions of
others. We should listen. We should evaluate. What he seems to discount is
that with the Internet, we can check facts in a matter of seconds. No one can
"get away" with anything when intelligent people check facts. Most of
us use that capability. We know immediately when someone tries to "pull the
wool over our eyes".Maybe what we should do is to listen, but
then to verify. Honest people don't try to "pull a fast one", but
some people just are not trustworthy.
AgreeI believe society and individually we are better off if we
approach life with open minds--and hearts. I don't think one side has all
the answers, or all the knowledge. It seems increasingly we've become
entrenched in our self-selected spheres where we surround ourselves with
sameness. Even in my extended and immediate family I've noticed differing
degrees of openness.It is sad that we've allowed the tools of
demonization and fear-mongering take over what could/should be thoughtful,
careful, and respectful examination of issues, using facts, not fables.I just wonder how the Deseret News fits in with the need to listen to each
other. It is disappointing that mostly one side is presented on these pages.
For example, there are only conservative op-eds and columnists. Usually when
one proclaims political neutrality there is an attempt to include a variety of
articles with differing points of view.