2018-01-10 / Editorial & Columns

Behind the Badge

Nothing ruins the truth like stretching it!
By Larry G. Spence

I want to talk a little this week about the truth. There has been a lot of discussion lately about "fake news, and the false stories we tell each other. False stories, are in reality, just lies. In our line of business, we unfortunately run into a lot of people telling lies. If you start telling lies then you have to remember what you've already told someone, or make up another lie to cover the first one. It's so much easier to tell the truth, it's easier to remember. Now I'm not trying to say that everybody lies, many people just exaggerate big. It's been said that a lie can travel halfway around the world, while the truth is still putting on its shoes.

Telling the truth is taken so lightly in today’s world. I can remember when a person's word was enough, prior to that deals used to be finalized with just a handshake. Today, after a handshake you better just check your hand to see if you're missing your ring. Honesty used to be a big issue, an honorable trait to have. I've sat in courtrooms and watch people, under oath, tell what I personally knew to be flat out lies. We remind our officers, beware of half-truths, and make sure you get both sides of the story, not just one side, then we will sort it out.

When in doubt, tell the truth, it will save you a lot of worry and problems later on. The world we live in these days is full of greedy people and people who look you in the face and lie to you. You don't believe me answer this question? "Why are the apples much larger on top of the basket than those down at the bottom?" It's contagious, traits of honesty and integrity are still out there but you have to look hard to find it, and that's our fault in part by allowing it to get this bad. One thing we can give and keep is our Word and we ought to practice doing that daily, and encourage others to do the same.

Always be truthful, it takes a fantastic memory to be a successful liar. (Had to pause and smile, someone just popped into my mind) remember, as stretching a rubber band weakens the rubber, so stretching the truth strengthens the truth! You remember that people called President Lincoln, "Honest Abe." What do they call you? What would you like them to call you? Seek and speak the truth. The truth will set you free! Have a good week. Be safe and be blessed!

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