Loretta A. Ragsdell asks:
"Well, it's kind of a Catch 22. In some cases, it is good to tell the truth and in others, it depends on what the truth is and who you're talking to. You have to be careful."
"No. I think people will understand you with the truth. So, I think it's best to just be honest with a person and truthful. If they're your friend, they'll understand. If you hurt their feelings, they'll get over it."
"No, you don't need to tell an occasional lie, because at the end of the day they still going to find out and then they will be looking at you saying, 'Why you lie? Why you couldn't tell me the truth? Why did somebody else have to come behind you and tell me the truth?' That make it look like you ain't nobody; you can't even tell the truth."
"No, it's not OK to tell an occasional lie. Regardless as to whether you hurt their feelings or not, find an easier, softer way to tell them; but I think they should know the truth. And, that's for everyone. Why lie? Lying is a sin. And if you're not telling whoever the truth, how are they going to know? You'll be keeping them in the dark, and that's not good."
"It depends on who the person is and what the lie is, and if you want to keep it going. If it's someone you love and you don't want to hurt their feeling, then I'll do it. But, if it's in their best interest and it's something they need to know, then tell the truth."
"It depends on what the lie entitles. If it's something that's detrimental - life and death - then I think you should tell the truth. But, if it's about hurting someone's feelings, I just think you should always tell the truth. Be a true friend and keep it honest."