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Practically Speaking

Kyle and her husband moved to Brookfield in 1986. She became active in local politics and started blogging in 2004. Her focus is primarily on local issues but often includes state and national topics, too. Kyle looks at things from the taxpayers' perspective in a creative, yet down to earth way, addressing them from a practical point of view.

What's happened to truth?

Truth

Telling the truth has taken a backseat to maintaining and attaining power. We are seeing this on all fronts.

Locally, we just approved taking 4 family's homes to build a fire station that did not need relocating and will not improve fire response times.

Regionally, our State Republicans are being branded as politicians deserving imprisonment for not yielding on an unreasonable state budget.

Nationally, the President is labeled as insensitive to children for vetoing a bill that would grant health insurance to "low income children" regardless of their family's real income level or age. (He is actually in favor of renewing that SCHIP program, just not expanding it to include 25yr olds, etc.)

A national talk show host is being vilified on the US Senate floor for saying something that an ABC news show also reported.

Globally, we are being told that we are causing global warming and must all reduce CO2 emissions to save the planet, when statistics show that temperature increases precede CO2 increases not CO2 increases causing warming. No matter that once our climate was warmer as evidenced by forests that once ranged further to the north in Canada than they do now.

What do all these things have in common? The basis for making these assumptions and accusations are not true.  Increasingly decisions are being made on the basis of emotion--not facts. If some untruth (we used to call those lies) fits a group's agenda, then the untruth will be touted to gain maximum shock value.

Al Gore today won the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to save the world from an Inconvenient Truth. Earlier this week, one Great Britain judge ruled that Al's movie could be shown to school children , but only IF "accompanied by teacher guidance notes balancing Gore's 'one-sided views'." That same judge also listed nine significant errors in the movie. I'm glad that judge dug a little deeper.

I implore you to dig deeper, think things through, and ask yourself who stands to lose and who stands to gain by a claim.

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