Fiction is not fact

Posted: Wednesday, April 17, 2002

The U.S. Constitution has wording to the effect that "all men are created equal." However, it doesn't say anything about all opinions being equal. The current hot topic in Juneau concerns development of the waterfront dock area. Discussions about this subject are necessary but participants need to be reminded that all opinions are not equal, and that they must separate fact from fiction.

A case in point is a recent editorial by a licensed marriage therapist referring to the downtown development as "repugnant." "Repugnant" may be a technical term used by a licensed therapist in describing marriage counseling, but "repugnant" is not the lexicon used by engineers and architects in developing a community project.

The long and short of this letter is that all opinions are not equal and that fiction is not fact. Do your own checking. What does the new development do? What does it not do? Don't weigh all opinions equally, do your own investigations, determine fact from fiction and make your own informed decision.

Lowell S. Barrick


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