Balancing act.

Position:Reader Forum - Letter to the editor

Just the definitions of fact and truth are very challenging to communicate because most people aren't familiar with how to construct a logical argument. Auditors naturally prepare a list of facts (statements) and then make recommendations (claims, opinions, or conclusions). The factual statements should not be in dispute, although the recommendations may have lively debate with smart people disagreeing.

A fact can be independently verified and everyone should be able to agree on it. It merely exists and should not be conflated with "truth" as you said. If there is a dispute, it isn't a fact, it's something else.

In sum, either a fact exists or it doesn't. Opinions are either true or false, but we don't always know for sure. Facts and opinions have to be stated very precisely to allow...

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