Too much bad news

Too much bad news

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LyonelIf you want to stay positive these days, you almost have to avoid reading the news, listening to the radio and watching television.

Unfortunately, the nightly news is a steady stream of doom and gloom, which is so depressing. The good news is buried near the end of the broadcast or on a back page somewhere.

Sadly, bad news sells big time.

Television stations can’t wait to highlight all of the dreadful details of how a family was murdered, or how someone was abducted and tortured.

What good is this information other than to inform people of the evil that men and women do, and the accidents that befall others?

We already know about the despicable things that go on. We don’t need more depressing thoughts running through our heads.

The Chronicle receives a myriad of horrid news from police agencies every day telling us about the scum of the earth preying on the weak and vulnerable.

We’re still trying to wrap our heads around it. Is it really that much easier to cause someone pain than to help them out?

We are bombarded with negative news to the point we are nearly convinced that there’s more bad than good, which isn’t the case.

Some people call us and make disparaging remarks about others, expecting us to trash them in the newspaper. It basically ends up being a “he said, she said” war of words, which we tend to avoid getting mixed up in.

While we definitely report on controversial issues, we try not to dwell on the bad news.

A couple of people commented that they didn’t like the fact that we published a front page photo (on November 26) of the accident that killed Betty Anstey. That was a judgment call we made in the public interest; it was a warning to pedestrians and motorists to use extreme caution on our streets.

You have to wonder if an all-good-news television, radio or print publication would financially survive in this competitive marketplace. Would you advertise in or subscribe to any publication or broadcast that only reported good news?

If we continually surround ourselves with bad news, how can we be positive about the future?

One shop owner in Oliver said we should embrace the positive because there is far too much negativity in the world. It’s a nice thought as long we don’t become naïve and fail to learn from evil and tragedy.

What are your thoughts? Email editor@oliverchronicle.com and tell us how you feel.

We leave you with this thought:

We wish that all the wars in the world could somehow be placed inside an atom. Wouldn’t that be nice?

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