Letter to the editor 1, March 10, 2016
Many classic stories start out with the words, “Once upon a time.” After that initial opening the magical fairy-tale begins and eventually ends with good defeating evil and evil perishing. These stories always finish with, “…and they lived happily ever after.”
To those living with strong religious beliefs these fairy-tales ring true. Good is ultimately rewarded with some form of Heaven and bad punished with some form of Hell.
Cynics like me, with no foundation in faith, find this fairy-tale hard to accept. Over my lifetime I’ve seen too many bad guys living the high life enjoying fame, prosperity and the unadulterated idolatry of the masses while good ones often suffer in silence. Ultimately all are rewarded with the same eternal sleep, the bad as well as the good.
In Galatians 6:7 the bible states, “Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” (Yes even an agnostic or atheist can quote the bible. After all it is one hell, or heaven, of a book).
Sometimes Justice does prevail, and the morally upright are vindicated. (Psalm 94:15)
More often than not, justice fails miserably and the morally upright are often condemned, sometimes in the court of law but mostly in the court of public opinion.
The court of public opinion is often fueled by mindless blogs, vicious Facebook postings, rumor, unfounded accusations, and cruel gossip.
In this wonderful small town of Hudson, I’ve seen the good, the bad, the ugly, the just and the unjust. I’ve witnessed the total destruction of the reputation a 66- year old woman, once of high standing in this community, as she pleaded guilty to six counts of fraud, breach of trust, and using forged documents. Sometimes justice does prevail.
I’ve also witnessed the after-effects of her arrest in the often malicious slander of elected officials due to public mistrust, frustration, and uncertainty.
Innocent until proven guilty, righteous until proven unrighteous, and good until proven evil seems to have little bearing in an atmosphere of paranoia.
Vicious blogs, Facebook attacks, and rumor mills are undermining our community and helping tear down what so many are trying to build up.
In the words of the recently deceased Nancy Reagan, “Just say NO.”
Say no to the flood of the negativity that’s out to wash away this beautiful town.