It’s about time we all had some good news

The Western Star - - NEWS | OPINION - Mar­guerite Cud­dihy Mar­guerite.Cud­dihy @west­ern­

A QUICK look at the news right now re­veals a pretty grim kalei­do­scope of aw­ful­ness.

Whether it be news out of Hol­ly­wood, the cit­i­zen­ship de­ba­cle in Can­berra, or the state elec­tion on­slaught, it feels a lit­tle like we’ve been suf­fo­cated by a blanket of bad news lately.

But, as un­likely as it may seem, there are good things go­ing on in the world at the mo­ment too.

Did you hear that stu­dents at the Univer­sity of Can­berra are be­ing treated to an on-cam­pus pet­ting zoo as part of a pre-ex­ams stress-less ini­tia­tive?

I also heard av­o­cado prices are ex­pected to drop as a record Aus­tralian har­vest gets into gear. Yum. Per­haps mil­len­ni­als will fi­nally be able to buy their own house this sum­mer.

Good news isn’t just hap­pen­ing across the coun­try though, it’s right here on our doorstep too.

In this pa­per alone we’ve got a story of a muddy past time bring­ing three gen­er­a­tions to­gether (page 28), a fit­ting trib­ute to our fallen sol­diers (page 2) and don’t for­get our three-page spread of stu­dents cel­e­brat­ing the end of their school days (pages 23–25).

While it’s im­por­tant to ac­knowl­edge the sad and bad news and re­main in­formed, it’s just as im­por­tant to ap­pre­ci­ate the good news, the progress, and the things we have to cel­e­brate.

Af­ter all, how can we com­pre­hend what’s wrong in the world if we don’t recog­nise when some­thing is go­ing right?

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