Pearce Godwin’s letter “Listen first, vote second,” on Nov. 3, the day before election day, was a breath of fresh air in a season of political clamor and babel. How can anyone disagree with the tenet “if people with different viewpoints, listened to and considered the other side first, it would make a major or huge impact on our politics and society?”
As a professional social worker and then a Realtor (now retired), I learned that listening is the first and most important step in helping others reach their goals – sometime the only step.
But there is a corollary – check the facts. Too often, the internet and cable news, especially Fox News, contain unsubstantiated facts, opinions masked as facts, lies, misrepresentations, exaggerations and lots of hyperbole.
Fortunately, there are a few internet web sites devoted to checking facts such as PolitiFact.com, Factcheck.org and Snopes.com.
But one more corollary – don’t believe everything you hear, see or read including the fact-check web sites. They can also be selective, slanted and biased. Read their analysis and use your brain.
Lastly, don’t always read or watch the media station or web site that confirms your beliefs. Check alternative views and listen.
The writer lives in Little River.