Words from the Chamber - John Redding

Words from the Chamber author John Redding

In a conversation recently, I was asked by someone if the local Appomattox political system was corrupt. 

My reply was that I really had no intimate knowledge that could either allow me to support such an accusation or deny that it had any basis. I did add that I had witnessed one campaign where lies and misinformation had been used as a tactic, but that was the only case that I could cite and I had no reason to suspect deep rooted malfeasance.

Rather than proceed in a “where there is smoke, there is fire” direction, I would just like to caution all voters to be very judicious before digesting any negative campaigning. Avoid believing derogatory statements about a candidate unless you have ample evidence of their veracity. Furthermore, avoid passing on such claims unless you are absolutely certain of the truth.

In this era of social media, the tendency seems to be that many believe what they want to believe, even if it has only a sliver of truth to it. If a claim makes us feel good or supports our views, we often hit the “share” button without any significant research. Issues that in the past were universally agreed upon now often seem to gain political identity with opposing caucuses through the accelerated distribution of “information.”

There’s more to this in the current issue of the Times Virginian newspaper. Support local journalism by purchasing the issue at a local newsstand or subscribing at www.timesvirginian.com/subscriber_services to receive the print edition or view the full article in the e-edition version.