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Editor’s Voice

Dylan Roche
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September 7, 2017

When I often describe the Voice to out-of-towners or people who are unfamiliar with our paper, I find myself using phrases like “feel-good news” or “just the good news, but none of the bad stuff.”

The reality is that we don’t completely ignore the bad news — how could we? More importantly, wouldn’t it be a disservice to ourselves to pretend that heartache and pain never happen in the world?

I think that good news is much more than just positive, feel-good stories. I think good news can sometimes mean looking for something positive to come out of something negative. To use a well-worn phrase, it’s about looking for the cloud that turns forth its silver lining.

Case in point: Examine the heroin crisis in Anne Arundel County. Our assistant editor, Zach Sparks, spoke with families here in Severna Park who have been affected by addiction and who are sharing their stories in an effort to raise awareness. For anybody who attended the International Overdose Awareness Day ceremony in Glen Burnie or watched it streamed online, you know that there are too many people whose lives have been lost and whose families have been devastated by this epidemic. As hard a truth as this is to confront, everyone approached this issue with the same hope — that we can eradicate this problem and ensure there are no more overdoses.

The reality is that life isn’t always full of feel-good stories. Sometimes we look around our community and see such problems as addiction, mental illness, suicide, racism, bullying, cancer, loss or even natural disasters. But where we see these tragedies and difficulties, we also see people who are trying to help. We see people who are trying to make a difference.

Author Neil Gaiman is quoted as saying, “Fairy tales are more than true, not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.” I think the same can be said about good news. Sometimes, good news isn’t about glossing over the bad stuff or turning a blind eye to it. In fact, most of the time, it’s about looking for the good that comes out of it.

I know life isn’t easy. Just because I’m the editor of a feel-good community paper doesn’t mean I think the world is one big rose garden. But I’ve seen how our community responds to crisis, and it makes me proud and hopeful. If you are a person in need, reach out to us here at the Voice and we’ll be able to help connect you with the resources you need.

As always, feel free to send me a note at dylan@severnaparkvoice.com, and keep looking for the good that’s out there in the world.

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