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One person's opinion

Sulphur, Ind.

After reading Mr. Cable's column in last weeks' paper, I felt moved to respond. I'm not one who likes controversy, but for the sake of balance, felt that some things need to be said. I felt many things after reading this column but none of them were gullible, uninformed or lazy. One thing I did feel was that this column should be titled "One Man's Opinion," so unaware readers would not mistake all the statements in the column as totally acceptable, or good advice.

I believe the columnist believes what he is writing, but I'm not sure a weekly column such as this is the place for a piece with such strong political statements. It sounds like a political ad; we're just not told that at the beginning, or the end.

I agree citizens need to be informed and I commend Mr. Cable on his efforts to do this. I also agree that nightly news should not be your total source for information; there are too many biases usually involved with "reporting the news". (The usual exception is news on PBS stations which seem to be more straight forward reporting.) When it comes to newspapers as new sources, we should remember that these are written by other people, sometimes with strong opinions, which happen to reflect in their reporting. I'm all for reading the news I'm just not sure everything is always factual, unless it's the obituaries.

If you are a television watcher, and have cable or the Dish Network, I suggest you watch C-Span. It shows government at work. Although we do not see everything, we can witness the events before us.

If you have the opportunity, speak with government leaders. Some congressmen have an occasional "town meeting" you could attend or you might encounter them as they're campaigning for the office. Listen to what they are saying and ask questions to see how they feel about issues important to you. Look up their voting record to see if they really support what they say they do.

The more sources you have, the more likely you are to get a clear picture of what is happening in this country. The Internet has a wealth of information. News magazines can offer information, as well as the newspapers. We just have to weigh what we're told against other news sources to try to find the most accurate information.

Suggesting that Michael Moore is hated by conservatives does not make him a reliable source of information, even if one considers himself liberal. (Suggesting conservatives are hateful doesn't make that true either, but that's another issue.) I, myself do not hate Mr. Moore; I just don't believe everything he says. Anyone can have an opinion and some may make a film to support that opinion. Gather all the items you can to support your belief and "voila," a documentary. The facts? Maybe, maybe not.

The main thing I want to suggest is that you don't let a columnist pull you around by the nose. Inform yourself, but try to find information that is accurate and has a reputation for being reliable.

After doing all your homework, if you want guidance on who to vote for, pray about it. If you want absolute truth, read your Bible. (I'm sure these statements are not politically correct, but that's not my goal.) And that, after staying informed, is my opinion.

L.A. Timberlake
June 17, 2008

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