To the Editor:

We’ve lost our way.

We have lapsed into a time where truth and facts are not valued. Many have adopted a situational truth that conforms to their politics. This concept has produced misinformation and self-described experts that challenge the efficacy of face coverings and the COVID vaccine.

They deny the oppressive systems that exist and specific aspects of U.S. history. Some have veiled their political ideology to garner support from unsuspecting community members.

The “big lie” is the impetus for new laws that restrict voting and prevent critical race theory from being discussed in schools. The suppression and misrepresentation of truth will only harm our community. It will be important for elected leaders, religious and community advocates to respond to this urgent matter.

The propaganda and the system that supports the denial of the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection is problematic. It hearkens back to the time that Pastor Martin Niemöller described in his confessional about the cowardice of the German scholars and the clergy who did nothing to address the rise of the Nazis. “Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it.”

Sven Lindqvist states, “It is not knowledge we lack. What is missing is the courage to understand what we know and to draw conclusions.”

Doing this requires courage. The Sankofa concept of gathering good lessons learned from the past to use them to achieve future goals could be a valuable resource in getting to a more perfect union.

Who and what organizations will emerge and demand that truth and facts become our standard for fairness, equity, and civility?

Everyone has the potential to be courageous and these times demand a high level of courage for “the truth” and accountability.

Philemon Brown

Leon Burch

Board members

Community Hands of Central Texas

(4) comments


When you control the levers of news dissemination, you control the narrative.

Control of the narrative = power

When you are blind, what do you see?

They want you DIVIDED.

DIVIDED by religion.

DIVIDED by race.

DIVIDED by sex.

DIVIDED by political affiliation.

DIVIDED by class.

When you are DIVIDED, and angry, and controlled, you target those ‘different’ from you, not those responsible [controllers].

DIVIDED you are weak.

DIVIDED you pose no threat to their control.

When ‘non-dogmatic’ information becomes FREE & TRANSPARENT it becomes a threat to those who attempt to control the narrative and/or stable [livestock kept – sheep].

When you are awake, you stand on the outside of the stable (‘group-think’ collective), and have ‘free thought’.

"Free thought" is a philosophical viewpoint which holds that positions regarding truth should be formed on the basis of logic, reason, and empiricism, rather than authority, tradition, revelation, or dogma.


Killeen patriot

writes the author, through the glasses of their deeply seated political view. So how is a letter written from a political perspective, about other political perspectives any different? ... it isn't. This letter is just the opportunity that one political progressive socialistic liberal took to send to the paper. Please dismiss it as the dribble it is.


Seems those who are whining about the big lie are the ones guilty of the big lie.

Wayne Jefferson

Probably won't figure this mess out because those who believe the hype consider us deniers. As long as the majority news organizations are source directed in their narrative. Soon enough fox news will go under.then we shall only have half truths to go on.

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