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By Merissa Hatch

Stop rumors

Letter to the Editor


To the Editor:

We have all had rumors about us spread. We all know what it feels like. So why do we still spread them? According to, a rumor is: “A story or statement in general circulation without confirmation or certainty as to facts.”

A friend of mine recently pointed out to me that everyone who has ever spread a rumor or made uncertain statements about a person who was not present has a reason. They justify doing it by telling themselves, “Well, she spread lies about me.” Some justify this act by saying, “Well, if this is true, people should know so they can be protected and safe.” Still some know what they are doing could hurt others, they know it’s wron...

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Reader Comments

Genevieve writes:

Gossip truly is evil. It only causes misunderstandings, confusion and pain. It seems far more honorable to just say `I don't like him!` than to invent a lie. I try to remember that I will ultimately be held accountable for the words I say. It makes it a bit easier to avoid gossip.


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