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Common sense, politics

July 12, 2017
Lehigh Acres Citizen

To the editor:

Liberal spin, conservative spin, media spinning, Russian spin, Chicken Little spin. Who to believe? The polarized nature of our current society has led to an unrealistic belief in an individual's political leaning as being the only believable belief. "Don't confuse me with the facts, my mind's made up."

If you're a conservative, you don't listen to the liberal media or an elected member of the liberal party - you cover your ears and hummmm loudly. Vice versa for liberals. What we should be doing is listening to all opinions and then use our God-given common sense to realistically wring out what is real and what is a stretch. Neither political party, or person, has the answer for everything and we should be careful not to be further confused with ill-intentioned commentary that would steer us in a wrong direction or to a wrong conclusion.

Where is the truth? Just because it seems to fit your general philosophy of how we want to be governed, it may not represent an acceptable reality. Before the bombardment of the 24 hour news cycle and the inter-mixing of straight reporting with the hype of self-serving commentary, we depended on good old common sense. Or, as an old boss once told me, "Use the 'tummy test' - if doesn't feel right, think twice."

There's too much information and varied sources for the average voter to digest and, consequently, the reaction may be to just fall in line with the party line and vote accordingly. Well, don't! Use common sense and the "tummy test." Vote the way you shop - "read the labels." If it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is.

It's not our elected politicians that are the problem; it's the voters who send them there, you and me.

Ron Lueth




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