‘Together’ is the key to the future

Monday, December 25, 2017

I think our community is on pretty solid ground as we walk together into the new year.

I think about all the good that is done in Clay County by so many people together.

Together, that is the key.

One day, many years ago, an older lady came into the newspaper office and we began talking about the newspaper.

First, she said, she thought we didn’t have as much hard news as years ago.

I listened as she explained her point of view.

“It’s more like a magazine,” she said. “You have stories about people and organizations.”

Then she stopped short.

Looking at her face, you could almost see the wheels turning.

“I guess that is news, too,” she said.

I have spent a lot of time reading old copies of The Brazil Times at the library. It is amusing when I think of the comments I have heard about news over the years. Most of our stories, going back to the early 1900s have been feature-type stories about our community.

The old adage is true, “If it bleeds, it leads,” meaning the shocking stories about injury and death gain more attention than what the city council or the county commissioners do, although the “daily grind” of government impacts our lives far more than the stories about violence and accidents.

I mentioned to a friend over the weekend how great it is so many here work together to accomplish tremendous good. I won’t begin to name the various agencies and churches that reach out beyond their doors to lift up the fallen and serve as examples to those who have never found the way.

“Together.” That describes what I see as the hope of 2018 in Clay County.