In this day and age where communication can occur instantly from one part of the globe to another, problems aren’t solved in the same fashion. There is a method or process to resolving problems. We must identify the flaws and ask ourselves, Why did the flaws occur? The problem only gets resolved if we find the root cause. If not, the flaws in the system will only resurface again and again.
Allow me to set the record straight. It has been said throughout history, “He who tells the story or controls the narrative controls history or has the power.” While reading the newspaper in previous weeks, I have found that a certain reporter chooses to skew the vision of the reader by using terms such as “avoid,” “admit” and “dodge,” which sets a negative tone or casts a negative shadow on the individuals being referred to or quoted. I have spoken with the editor about this damning issue. Can we get articles without the reporter’s opinion? The Commonwealth has a section for that. It’s called “Opinions.”
OK, case in point. Printed in the Tuesday, March 26 issue (“Board to tackle unpaid garbage bills”), it reads:
“The discussion prompted District 2 Supervisor Reginald Moore to admit: ‘Two garbage bills come to my house, one for me and one for the lady who had previously lived there.’
“‘I don’t believe I would have told that,’ said District 1 Supervisor Sam Abraham.”
Come on now. Let’s see. Admit means “to confess.” I didn’t “confess” to anything What is there to confess to? What is there to hide about a flaw in the system? I candidly “pointed out” a major flaw in the system. If we don’t point out and identify the flaws, how are we ever going to fix them? We have to be open and honest to fix this problem, and we are going to fix this problem. Step one is to fix what is flawed, and then we can ramp up efforts on collection of fees.
The power of words: Words can inspire and words can destroy. Choose yours well.