Some good news...

The Covington News - - Opinion -

Ev­ery chance we get, we like to ap­plaud the good news that hap­pens, even dur­ing these tough eco­nomic times.

There were sev­eral ex­am­ples in Sun­day's edi­tion of The Cov­ing­ton News.

We re­ported that the New­ton County li­brary will get $283,884 from state taxes this year. That's $54,000 less than last year, but it will help our much-needed li­brary sys­tem.

We re­al­ize that meth­ods of com­mu­ni­ca­tion are chang­ing so fast that it is al­most im­pos­si­ble for nor­mal folks to keep up with it, but read­ing a good book is still the per­fect elixir to calm the fraz­zled nerves that are brought on by try­ing to keep up with the changes.

Also, there is some­thing about the smell and feel of a book that will never be re­placed by a Kin­dle or some other elec­tronic read­ing de­vice.

Also Sun­day, we had a re­port on how the county con­tin­ues its in­no­va­tive ef­forts in deal­ing with bud­get con­straints.

We sup­port the ef­forts of Chair­man Kathy Mor­gan and her sug­ges­tion that county em­ploy­ees be cross trained. It’s an efficient way to op­er­ate a work force that has to stay lean.

There was an­other story that showed the county is con­tin­u­ing to grow, how­ever mod­estly, at­tract­ing a new restau­rant and con­struct­ing a new, affordable liv­ing com­plex for se­niors.

It’s true that such projects won't have a ma­jor im­pact on the county, but any growth is a pos­i­tive as far as we con­cerned.

... and some not so good

Tem­pers flare in sum­mer, and good peo­ple do bad and very stupid things.

In Sun­day's news­pa­per we re­ported on sev­eral crimes in­volv­ing fam­ily mem­bers re­port­edly as­sault­ing or fight­ing with fam­ily mem­bers.

In one re­port, a fam­ily feud ap­par­ently broke out over a jew­elry box. Po­lice re­ported that a scuf­fle en­sued and two women were ar­rested. How sad. Such re­ports seem to in­crease as the tem­per­a­ture rises. Peo­ple just don't feel good in the heat and can lash out, re­sult­ing in a trip to the New­ton County De­ten­tion Cen­ter and the tak­ing of a photo por­trait that's free but not ex­actly flat­ter­ing.

If you're jailed, your charges and your mug shot are posted on the New­ton County Sher­iff's Of­fice web­site, and a re­port is writ­ten out on the in­ci­dent, mak­ing it very pub­lic in­for­ma­tion.

It's not the way most of us want to get our names and faces in the news­pa­per or out in pub­lic, but it's usu­ally avoid­able. Think be­fore you act out. And just keep your cool.

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