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Sunday, April 17, 2011

The truth, the WHOLE truth, and nothing but the truth...

We've all heard that oath...the one witnesses state when they take the stand.

I'm sure most of us see the importance of stating the WHOLE truth whenever we speak. We have reputations to uphold...integrity to protect.

Most of us tell the WHOLE truth whenever we speak because it's the right thing to do.

Recently, the Troy Citizens United (TCU) held a 'town hall' meeting in which they shared their version of the truth. They had slick handouts, well-rehearsed presenters and some heavy political hitters in Oakland County to back up their claims that Troy is mismanaged.

The problem -- as is ALWAYS the problem with this group -- is that they weren't sharing the whole truth. They continue to cherry pick information, hold it up in comparison to things that are, at best, a stretch in terms of being comparable, and sensationalize issues that are actually quite common practice everywhere.

The danger, however -- as is ALWAYS the danger with this group -- is that they sound convincing enough that even those in the know begin to wonder if there's any truth to it.

There is, of course, some truth in some of what they say. But only enough to plant create an aura of mistrust in an electorate who is all too eager to glom on to seductive catch-phrases.

DON'T BE your homework. You owe it to your city to fact-check whatever TCU says before you act on that information at the ballot box.

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  1. Do you know how you know when some of these people are lying? Their lips are moving.

  2. Interesting post. Quite different from what you have said before, where you out and out claimed it was 'all a lie'. Now, you say, well, it isn't the 'whole truth'. What a hoot!...whatever suits your purpose for now. Very good 'wordsmithing' Sharon.

  3. Nice attempt to insult me, anon-who-is-afraid-to-give-your-name, but I didn't write this post.