View Full Version : Here's the Good News

06-17-2007, 08:58 AM
16 June Chicago Tribune editorial - Here's the Good News (http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/chi-0616edit2jun16,0,1039353.story?coll=chi-newsopinion-hed).

... Contrary to popular opinion, however, most newspaper editors don't seek to highlight the negative. (Unlike some broadcast outlets, where the famous slogan is, "If it bleeds, it leads.") Newspapers scour the world every day and exclude most of the depressing stuff that happens. But it is kind of hard to ignore all death, destruction, war, famine, disease, terrorism, natural calamities ... uh, sorry. The list gets kind of long....

But our suspicion is that most other readers might tire of this endless stream of smiley-face reportage. The human being, in our view, isn't programmed for incessantly good news. The human being is wired to expect bad things to happen, eventually. Humanity didn't survive this far by cowering in caves and believing everything was great. We knew the woolly mammoths lurked. We were quick to spot movement in the tall grass...

Good news restores a sense of balance. But a steady diet of nothing but stories of people triumphing against odds, of daring rescues, of astounding medical breakthroughs, plucky dog heroes, amazingly generous gifts by anonymous donors, moving tales of siblings united after decades -- in other words, the vast gamut of good news that often appears here and elsewhere? Nah. We know life isn't that way. The only way to define the good is by the bad. There's no light without darkness.

So next time you find yourself yearning for a break from the calamities reported here and elsewhere, remember, it could be worse. We could print only good news.

06-18-2007, 12:55 PM
I agree, like the latest from Bulgaria - the last 3 dancing bears have been freed and sent to some kind of dancing bear haven in the mountains:


the bad news was the training methods used to get the bears to dance in the first place

06-18-2007, 05:47 PM
If you want to live to be 111 like this guy in Japan, you're going to have to give up those greasy burgers and fries and quit swilling beer by the case and lay off them 16 oz. prime medium rare T-bones:


"The number of Japanese living beyond 100 has almost quadrupled in the past 10 years, with the once-exclusive centenarian club expected to exceed 28,000 this year. Experts often attribute the longevity to a Japanese diet rich in vegetables and fish."

06-19-2007, 05:55 PM


06-19-2007, 06:04 PM
- the carjacker survived:


Robbery Victim Thwarts Attempted Carjacking

Updated: 1 hour, 5 minutes ago
METAIRIE, La. - A 17-year-old boy foiled an attempted carjacking, wrestling a gun from a would-be robber and shooting him after the man grabbed his mother, authorities said.

Carl Chestnut, wounded in the head and torso, will face armed robbery charges once he is released from East Jefferson General Hospital, Col. John Fortunato, a Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office spokesman, said Monday.