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Northwest Salmon



Reader urges fact checking

before forming an opinion

Dear Editor:

You know the “Mob Song” from Beauty and the Beast? Even as a kid that song made me mad.

“Gaston doesn’t even know!” I’d say to myself. “He just looked at one image, made judgments and is spreading lies and fear!”

I feel like that song is being sung all over this week. Here are a few tips to avoid Gaston-like behavior.

1) Research before you form an opinion. Before you state your thoughts on the vetting process for allowing refugees into the U.S., learn what the process is currently like. Your opinions may or may not change but at least your opinion will be an informed one.

2) Seek unbiased news sources and have more than one source. Fact check before you share.

3) Be kind. Words like “idiot” and “stupid” are not kind ways to describe others with different viewpoints. Remember, these problems that we’re concerned about are caused by unkind people. The world needs you to be a voice of kindness.

4) Some are making the comment that “we need to help Americans here at home first.” I have good news. You don’t have to wait for the government to make a difference in your community. There are lots of things you can do right now to help someone! Volunteer at a soup kitchen. Donate money to a women’s shelter. Spend time with that homeless person you see every morning. Invite your lonely elderly neighbor down the street to have dinner with you. There are so many ways for you to “help Americans here at home” right now! If everyone who made that statement actually helped someone, our country would be better for it.

5) See the humanity in others, including those who look different or speak a different language. You may find that you have more in common than you think.

There’s a line in the “Mob Song” that goes, “We don’t like what we don’t understand. In fact, it scares us, and this monster is mysterious at least.”

Please friends, educate yourselves. Once you take away the mystery, you may find that you’ll be less afraid.

Jenifer Jones,

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