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Letters to the Editor

Considers newspaper a source of good news

When we watch news on TV or read the newspaper, we see that there is a lot of “bad news,” sexual abuse, deception, divorce, political unrest, accidents causing injury and death, the huge national debt, etc.

But as seen in our local newspaper, we see much good news, positive stories of people overcoming adversity, encouraging articles, church functions and benefits for those who have cancer or been in accidents, community growth, articles that offer hope, articles that acknowledge and honor people of excellence, human interest stories, articles that honor women of distinction, articles about people who have a positive impact on others, articles that celebrate weddings and anniversaries, fundraising and benefits for those less fortunate in the community.

The news should stimulate us to have conversations about current events, civil conversations.

Have you taken notice of the new and very positive additions in our newspaper, Illinois Valley Living, The Answer Book, Dining & Entertainment this past year? God has truly blessed America.

I believe we should be an informed people. I believe TV news should be included in our “news” diet, but there is a huge difference between the news one watches on television and what one reads in the newspaper.

Our local newspaper and these new additions strive to bring balance with positive stories and the good that is happening in our community and in our individual lives. I don’t believe that the news we get on television gives us that. But our local paper definitely shows how many ways we are blessed and the activities that are available to us if we choose to embrace some of them.

Do you have any friends or family members in need of a “good” Christmas gift, one that can have a positive impact on their lives? A subscription to the BCR would be a gift they would receive at their doorstep week after week.

It might even stimulate them to get out more and enjoy some of the inexpensive or free activities that are available to all of us. Or it might challenge them to be personally involved in volunteering some of their time and talents on behalf of others.

The Bible says it is more blessed to give than to receive. I don’t like flattery and hope that I don’t flatter anyone. But I do like encouragement. I also like hope. I also like balance.

I would like to take a little time to speak of a different kind of “news” that is near and dear to my heart. One that I try to include in some form or another in every article I write. It’s called the Gospel, from the Old English godspel, meaning glad tidings announced by Jesus from God. From god “good” + spel “story, message.” But in order for “good news” to be good, there needs to be a clear understanding of the “bad news.” But I’ll save that for a future article.

Ted Roberts


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