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Letter to the editor

By Staff | Apr 18, 2008

To the EDN:

The word trust is defined in the dictionary as “assured reliance on the character, strength, or truth of someone or something.”

I believe that trust is no longer alive in the community today. I have come to find this out the hard way. I have given my trust to many people, only to be slapped in the face with it. I guess that I am just a trusting person, who believes that everyone deserves a chance at trust.

Without trust there would be no relationship between friends, parents and their children or even husband and wife. Rarely can you find a person, anywhere, who you can bestow your trust upon these days.

Slander, on the other hand, is abundant in our little community. Slander is defined in the dictionary as “a false report maliciously uttered and tending to injure the reputation of a person.” Gossip is defined as “rumor or report of an intimate nature or a person who habitually reveals personal or sensational facts.”

There is a fine line between the two, but reread the definition of slander again and realize that it says “a false report maliciously uttered.” Slander is also illegal, but that does not seem to stop the chattering jaws here in our lovely town.

It never ceases to amaze me how much people in this town love to talk about all the other people. No matter if you are a hermit who never leaves your house, someone is sure to be talking about what you are doing. Even if you did something great, those chattering jaws would be sure to turn it around and make it into a story of what you did wrong. I would love to thank all of those people who keep chattering about all those things that are none of their business, because it made me realize that my trust is a prized commodity not to be handed out that easily.

Nikki Haukoos,

Estherville