Three sides to every controversy

Published 12:04am Tuesday, May 28, 2013

To the editor:

In Wednesday’s paper a well-meaning gentleman admonished us, “Don’t believe everything you read in letters to the editor or emails you receive.  Seek out the facts.”  Excellent advice; well written!

Unfortunately, the only facts that are apparent to me in the letter are that the gentleman had talked to the accused commissioners and heard the facts and their statements “rang true:’” that the commissioners had not run Mr. Sprague out of town.  He has given us no facts except his unsupported statements, which would likely not stand up in a court of law or the court of public opinion.

My own experience has taught me that in every controversy, there are three sides to every question: my side, your side and the truth (or what really happened). From what little I have read, former commissioner McDermott so far has had a firmer grasp on trying to make facts public than anybody else involved. The gentleman – or the commissioners in question – might wish to make the facts known to all of us.

- Bill Holcomb, Tryon

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