The good, the bad and the ugly

The Covington News - - OPINION -

The times are tu­mul­tuous lately and not much seems to be chang­ing af­ter a week full of heart­break­ing, heartwrench­ing and well just heart-shaped news.

Through all that is go­ing on, it’s im­por­tant to re­mem­ber that there are still op­por­tu­ni­ties for good tid­ings be­yond the vi­o­lence that we’ve seen in New­ton County, be­yond the sad­ness and anger that is spread­ing through­out Amer­ica and be­yond the world’s trou­bles.

That is what we’ve seen this week; the full spec­trum of our fa­mil­iar hu­man emo­tions:

The Food

Jack Simp­son re­cently was cel­e­brated by his com­rades in the New­ton County Sher­iff ’s Of­fice for his 91st year — not only for just be­ing alive but for liv­ing for oth­ers. Af­ter serv­ing with the U.S mil­i­tary dur­ing the in­va­sions of South­ern France and Anzio, Italy in World War II, he spent the rest of his years to this point in law en­force­ment as a spe­cial in­ves­ti­ga­tor with the FBI and a deputy at NCSO.

Later in the week the Pi­lot Club and The Vam­pire Di­aries, through Sam Ram­sey, aided in good causes by do­nat­ing to New­ton County char­i­ta­ble or­ga­ni­za­tions — Pro­ject Life­Saver and the Gar­den of Geth­se­mane home­less shel­ter, re­spec­tively.

The Bad

Gun vi­o­lence has been a big topic this week, as a shoot­ing in Chat­tanooga, Ten­nessee left five dead and a na­tion mourn­ing. New­ton County had its own trou­bles as a NCSO deputy was forced to use his weapon with a deadly re­sult when a sus­pect had a gun of his own, and another woman was shot in the head by her own brother.

The Ugly

A Cony­ers K9 died af­ter be­ing unat­tended in a ve­hi­cle for 10 hours. Call it ne­glect, call it abuse or call it an ac­ci­dent, but it’s a tragedy. Tragedy is all around us, and it’s time to fight through it. Also in the news this week was the re­lease of photos of Pluto, from a space­craft more than 3 bil­lion miles away that left nine years ago. The probe lifted off when Pluto was a planet, and now it is not. The photos of the erst­while planet made us think of how earth and its peo­ple have changed as well through­out that time pe­riod. Ev­ery in­ci­dent is blasted on So­cial Media and seem­ingly brought to hos­tile con­clu­sions turn­ing peo­ple against each other and evolv­ing our lev­els of vi­o­lence.

How­ever, in Pluto’s case, af­ter chang­ing from a planet, it still showed us its heart this week … lit­er­aly. We feel the col­lec­tive heart of earth is be­com­ing a lit­tle more frag­ile. Let’s re­mem­ber the good events and like Pluto’s rev­e­la­tion, show our own heart.

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