The "Bergdahl" incident has once again brought to public consciousness the phenomenon prevalent in our lives, the "tendency to rush to judgment."

The media thrives on controversy and fans the flames of passion without regard to reason and the facts.

If we wish to preserve this "freedom," we need to accept the responsibility that goes with it. We need to persist in exercising restraint, patience and pursuing facts. We may not be able to control the barrage of indiscriminate information that impacts our daily lives. The control we have is in how we respond to the impetuousness.

If we continue to allow ourselves to be seduced by an engaging narrative, a dramatic story without waiting for the evidence to emerge, we are risking losing a major pillar that supports our Democracy.

Respectfully submitted,

Yvonne Nyenhuis,