The irrefutable truth as I see it

Let me be so bold as to state some things we can all agree on: someone is being lied to. Either you are being lied to, or I am being lied to. Nobody likes to be lied to.

We believe different things because we have different information. Based on what we know, we form conclusions about our current circumstances. The issue is that we have formed vastly different conclusions, based on the information we’ve ingested.

Thus, there is strong disagreement regarding the so called “facts” about what is really going on.

This is all part of being human, right? Is anything I said inaccurate or incorrect? I have spoken undeniable truth. Now I have a few honest questions: What do we do about it? How do we reconcile our differences? How do we live peacefully together? I suggest we walk the virtuous path of honesty, humility, and honor.

The simplest solution is to be honest about the diversity of opinion and perspective, be humble about the scope of our own understanding, and honor the complexity of personal choices.

Who really knows what is best for each individual and family?  The “experts” clearly do not agree. How could they? We assume experts are highly trained with specialized experience, but they are still just people projecting their own set of assumptions.

Let’s agree that people are going to disagree. Can we agree that experts, doctors, and scientists disagree as well? Again I ask, who knows what is best for everyone else? How many people have to agree on what’s best for you or me? What about if we disagree?

America was founded as a country of free individuals. Even though we may disagree, we do have common ground. Remember, it is the Constitution that enshrines justice and liberty for all. Liberty means we are each free to make our own decisions.

I will respect that right. Will you?

Luke Throop



The evidence is everywhere

Steve Johnston (“The only real heroes,” Letters, March 10) would like all the scientific information on the efficacy of face masks in preventing the transmission of coronavirus. The good news for Mr. Johnston is that it’s only two mouse clicks away on his computer. Google the National Library of Medicine website, Pub Med, and in the Search box, enter “face masks and coronavirus” (or other terms, if you prefer). As of this writing, he will receive citations for 1,501 studies done throughout the world. He can then read each report, learn the methods used, view the analysis, and discern for himself whether the investigator’s conclusions seem sound.

A nice little summary of the efficacy of face masks as a public health measure can also be found in the Journal of the American Medical Association, March 9 edition (published online at doi:10.1001/jama.2021.1505). Study populations reported in that review vary from 139 patrons exposed in a hair salon to analyses of virus transmission in Canada and in Denmark. Mask mandates reduced spread by around 70 percent. All of the details of how those conclusions were reached are available to the reader. In fact, if flaws are found, it is expected that you write a letter to the journal challenging the contents and asking for the investigator’s response.

I have searched each of the “very unbiased” (sic) sources of information that Mr. Johnston apparently uses and was unable to find any studies leading to his conclusion that there is no scientific proof to support restrictive measures. I would appreciate it if Mr. Johnston would help us find that information, especially now that he knows that there are hundreds of such reports in the scientific literature.

I do agree with Mr. Johnston’s assertion that he has “been lied to, misinformed and played for fools!”

Lloyd Olson

White Salmon



I’m proud to be a Democrat today.

Not one single Republican voted for:

  • direct payments to American families
  • child tax credits for parents to dramatically reduce poverty rate
  • public schools to re-open in person learning
  • vaccine production and distribution
  • childcare centers to stay open so parents can get back to work
  • direct relief for restaurants and other hospitality businesses
  • significantly lower ACA health premiums
  • extension of unemployment benefits and supplemental payment
  • subsidies to cover health care premiums for people who lost employer coverage
  • saving thousands of airline and transportation jobs
  • pension protection for union workers
  • and so much more.

The most significant legislation to help American families in a generation was 100 percent passed by Democrats.

Kirsten Dennis

White Salmon