Through sea of neg­a­tiv­ity, Bos­ton’s good­will shines

Boston Herald - - NEWS - Ray­mond L. Flynn is a for­mer mayor of Bos­ton and for­mer U.S. am­bas­sador to the Vat­i­can.

It seems like ev­ery time you turn on the na­tional news lately, all you see is an­gry protests and demon­stra­tions.

Whether it’s stu­dent ac­tivists block­ing traf­fic so peo­ple can’t get home from work, de­mon­stra­tors throw­ing bot­tles at po­lice of­fi­cers or an­ar­chists wav­ing signs and shout­ing ob­nox­ious anti-po­lice, anti-mil­i­tary and anti-Amer­i­can state­ments, it seems like this grow­ing un­rest has been the fo­cus of too many news cy­cles.

But despite the na­tional news me­dia’s ob­ses­sion with pro­tes­tors and de­mon­stra­tors, the peo­ple of Bos­ton know that’s not a de­pic­tion of our re­al­ity.

We rarely see news pro­grams ded­i­cated to all of the good that our av­er­age, pa­tri­otic and fam­i­ly­commit­ted cit­i­zens do on a daily ba­sis.

Take yes­ter­day for ex­am­ple. As mass protests un­folded na­tion­wide — par­tic­u­larly in St. Louis and Wash­ing­ton, D.C. — news cam­eras weren’t film­ing the street fairs, neigh­bor­hood tributes, re­li­gious fes­ti­vals, civic cel­e­bra­tions and fam­ily pic­nics that were tak­ing place in our city.

In West Roxbury, the Ir­ish-Amer­i­can com­mu­nity was hon­or­ing Teresa and Jimmy Kelly, of Crys­tal Travel, for ser­vice to their Catholic faith and com­mu­nity. In recog­ni­tion of all they’ve done for their com­mu­nity over the years, the Ir­ish So­cial Club in West Roxbury was packed with sev­eral hun­dred ded­i­cated, faith­ful Amer­i­cans.

At Far­ragut Park in Southie, par­ents were watch­ing their boys play football while their girls were in­spir­ing us with cheers. Teenage kids were play­ing vol­ley­ball at Quincy School in Chi­na­town and the Pol­ish com­mu­nity was pre­par­ing for their big fes­ti­val on Dorch­ester Av­enue to­day, which will be­gin af­ter the 10 o’clock Mass at St. Mary’s Church. Oth­ers dropped off food, clothes and mon­e­tary dona­tions for Hur­ri­cane vic­tims at Roza Lyons Pub on Broad­way.

I could go on and on about all the other good­will ges­tures go­ing on through­out the city but you won’t see any of them lead­ing the network news.

As I said yes­ter­day at the street fair in South Bos­ton, the peo­ple of our city who do good ev­ery day aren’t look for credit.

“We ad­mire our neigh­bors, our priests, our nuns, our coaches, our drug vol­un­teers and all those who give back to the com­mu­nity, do it un­selfishly and with­out look­ing for any at­ten­tion,” I said, stress­ing that we know what they’re do­ing and we ad­mire and love them for it.

And though they won’t be on the news tonight, it’s peo­ple like these that are the rea­son Amer­ica is a strong and vi­brant com­mu­nity for all. And though their deeds won’t gen­er­ate as many clicks as the crowds of de­mon­stra­tors clash­ing in the streets, in times like these, theirs are the sto­ries worth re­port­ing.

It’s too bad that the me­dia can’t see that.


TIDE IS HIGH: As protests domn­i­nate the news cy­cle, Bos­ton res­i­dents do good with­out get­ting at­ten­tion.


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