It seems that no matter what I read about in our every day news, I get more than one comment on what is truth, and what isn't. Every time I think I have it figured out who is being honest, someone else says they're lying. Watching all the drama unfolding over the health care issue, I am at a point where I don't know what is fact, and what is fiction. I have always depended on my news suppliers to tell me truthfully, what the news is. This group says that group is lying, that group says this group is lying - how am I going to be an informed citizen, if I can't tell who is telling the truth? This is not a game show, this is real life, and I'm getting tired of hearing so many different sides to the same story. I don't have the time to sit down and read thousands of pages of documents, so I would like to find someone who I can depend on to tell me the straight news, without leanings to the left, or leanings to the right, without partiality or prejudice. I was watching the large crowd gathered outside the white house, and wondered if they have the real truth, or are they being lied to? When people are in danger of being hurt because of their beliefs, it would be comforting to know they're on the right track.
I read one article the other day, that said once we are on Social Security, we will have to attend a seminar, called " the end of life" seminar every five years. When I looked at comments, I was led to another article that said that wasn't true. I read that hospitals were going to be dictated (by the gov't) who to treat for cancer - by age. Then, another article said that wasn't true. I used to be smart - I could tell the difference between "tabloid" newspapers and decent newspapers, or TV news, but now, even my favorite news station has become more of a tabloid channel than a real, live up - to - date news station. I'm so sick of who's sleeping with who - there's people dying every day, yet we get blasted with "junk" news. I'm tired of Octomom, Casey Anthony or Tiger Woods.
How do I explain to teens, who are close to or already at the voting age, what the procedure is for getting all the right facts, so they can vote responsibly? This last election, a bunch (about a dozen) eighteen year olds were watching an election speech, and all voted for that person. When I asked them why they voted for him, they said, "I liked what he said". I asked them if they knew anything about his background - what did he do before running for president, they said no, they just liked him. Now, all these issues being voted on by our congressmen are going to affect these teens probably more than me, yet they know nothing about it, nor are they concerned. And that concerns me greatly.