There is no substitute for the truth when you are in the process of establishing an honest relationship
with people. If you want a lasting relationship, lying is a poor way to start.
You might start with just a little fib here and there, and wind up swallowing the bait thinking that these
lies are working so well, that you expand on them until they grow into whoppers. But truth eventually
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prevails, and you will find out the hard way that you should not have told or authorized others to tell
In the end, those lies will destroy not only those new relationships you have made, but also many of
your old ones. I believe that if you want a case study of this, you do not have to look further than the faltering
relationships of our president. Call them fibs or whoppers, but they are not what we need in Olympia. If
people only knew how much power we give our lawmakers, it is crucial that they be principled people
of integrity. I believe that Sen. Doug Ericksen is such a man.
Susan Blondell Kaplan