John Florez: It behooves us all to listen more to each other

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  • Truthseeker SLO, CA
    Oct. 13, 2012 11:56 p.m.


    I believe society and individually we are better off if we approach life with open minds--and hearts. I don't think one side has all the answers, or all the knowledge. It seems increasingly we've become entrenched in our self-selected spheres where we surround ourselves with sameness. Even in my extended and immediate family I've noticed differing degrees of openness.

    It is sad that we've allowed the tools of demonization and fear-mongering take over what could/should be thoughtful, careful, and respectful examination of issues, using facts, not fables.

    I just wonder how the Deseret News fits in with the need to listen to each other. It is disappointing that mostly one side is presented on these pages. For example, there are only conservative op-eds and columnists. Usually when one proclaims political neutrality there is an attempt to include a variety of articles with differing points of view.

  • J Thompson SPRINGVILLE, UT
    Oct. 13, 2012 5:18 p.m.

    I partially agree with Mr. Florez. We should have respect for the opinions of others. We should listen. We should evaluate. What he seems to discount is that with the Internet, we can check facts in a matter of seconds. No one can "get away" with anything when intelligent people check facts. Most of us use that capability. We know immediately when someone tries to "pull the wool over our eyes".

    Maybe what we should do is to listen, but then to verify. Honest people don't try to "pull a fast one", but some people just are not trustworthy.