If you're the parent of a child coping with physical, mental or emotional challenges, this is a really good place to live. Top-notch help is available at the Easter Seal Rehabilitation Center, as well as other facilities. Can't afford the care? Very often, your child will get it, anyway.
And your little girl or boy won't have to just watch the other kids have fun. Facilities such as the local Miracle Field ensure challenged children can play baseball and other sports.
Those thoughts came to mind the other day, after a reader emailed me, wondering if I ever write about "good news." I do, of course, but perhaps not as frequently as I should.
I'm a journalist, after all. Providing a balanced report of the news is what I'm supposed to do. The good people all around us and the things that make living here really special ought to get some coverage. So, here's a very diverse selection of points to ponder, in no particular order:
- School's about to start. Among other things, that means many teachers in our area will notice kids from low-income families who don't have nice clothes or, perhaps, warm coats for winter. They'll find organizations to take care of the boys and girls. That failing, scores of them will dig into their own pockets.
- It's impossible not to notice the wildflowers that brighten median areas of many interstate highways. Thank former first lady Lady Bird Johnson. It was her idea during the 1960s.
- Think humans have wrecked the environment? Think again. It is not uncommon to hear reports of bald eagles in the Ohio Valley. Lots of other creatures, such as blue herons, have come back here because the habitat is more appealing than it was, say, 50 years ago.
- High school athletes are much better than they were when many of us were kids. A mediocre small-school basketball team today probably would beat the Class AAA state champs of the 1960s.
- Those men and women who belong to many clubs do more than eat lunch together and listen to speakers. Did you know Rotary International played a key role in nearly eradicating polio through overseas immunization programs? Do you have any idea how many people who couldn't afford them got eyeglasses from the Lions? The list goes on.
- Want to know how to beat bigger, sometimes overseas competitors? Ask the folks at Marble King in Paden City or Ziegenfelder's in Wheeling.
- Every year, thousands of Ohio Valley children from low-income families get toys, clothing, etc., for Christmas. That's because thousands of local residents decide it will be so.
- I know a car salesman right here in the Ohio Valley who dealt with a customer who wanted to buy a certain vehicle. He told her a cheaper model would meet her needs better. She bought it.
Lord knows, there's plenty of bad news about which to worry.
But think about good news for a moment. You could add dozens of items to my list. So could hundreds of other people. You'd have to publish books to include them all.
Now that's news.
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