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Re: The Truth and Nothing but the Truth

Every day I have more respect for newspapers like The Marietta Times, mainstream media, NPR and all reporters that seek the truth and educate the rest of us so that we can make informed decisions. When they “get it wrong,” they immediately let us know and correct it. The problem is that more and more newspapers and media are owned by and come under the influence of fewer people employing fewer reporters so that our sources of truthful and unbiased information is thereby diminished.

I agree with President Jimmy Carter. I believe that Russia and social media helped elect Donald Trump president and are poised to do so again. (It now looks like Russia also interfered in Britain’s Brexit vote.) Despite all the evidence, our government refuses to make the effort necessary to make sure it never happens again and President Trump continues to invite foreign help as he runs for reelection. Mr. Zuckerberg at Facebook says he will have no restraint on false information so it will be easy for Russia and misinformation on Facebook to once more help elect the next President of the United States.

It is most troubling when our president does not understand how government works, how the three branches of government are separate but equal and a check on each other. And while Mr. Trump admires and seeks the approval of the dictators of the world, that is not what the United States is all about. Equally troubling is how the president lies to get what he wants with the backing of the Republicans who go along to get what they want and to avoid the wrath of the president. I shudder to think of the damage Mr. Trump can do to our democracy, to the health and wellbeing of our people and to the planet with one more year in office – let alone four.

I hope everyone takes the time to listen to the testimony of our State Department officials who have spent a lifetime in diplomatic service to our country. They have come forward to testify at great personal and financial risk. The least we can do is to listen and try to discern what is true and what is not true and then we will be able to make better decisions in the voting booth.

Carol Lazear Mitchell

Marietta