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A questions of philosophy

On my way home from church last Wednesday night, I got a surprise phone call. There was a standoff situation in Dearing. Of course, I was interested in what was going on because I have lived there all my life.

I met up with Jason, and we headed out past Dearing Elementary. I understand this is a departure from our regular operations, but it seemed pretty important. After all, it was the second crime in two weeks to come out of Dearing.

But under normal circumstances, it's always been our philosophy at The Mirror to put crime news on the back burner. I think it's much better for the community that way. In today's world, we are inundated with bad news from every direction. Why imitate what others are doing?

There are so many good things happening in this county that need to be highlighted, and there just isn't enough time to get to them all.

Why waste any more time on theft, vandalism and delinquency. I think everyone wants to hear about the school children that collected water to help out hurricane victims or the festival that will raise money for charities.

So many good things are happening in our community, and people want to know about those things. That is where we come in. We fill that void of good news in McDuffie County that is sometimes missing.

I know that totally ignoring crime and traffic accidents would not be fair. Those items are also news. The standoff in Dearing also qualifies as news that people want to know about, and that is why we included it in our paper.

But your normal death, drugs and carnage will never be plastered across a high profile spot in this paper. You will find them, if they merit coverage, but they will be tucked away somewhere low-profile.

That is why we don't stay glued to a police scanner. That is why we try to stay out of the way of emergency personnel on the scene. We'll find out later what happened and give it to you, minus the bloody pictures.

But we think the positive things in our community are the most important, and we love bringing you those things in full detail and color. That is why crime is usually kept inside The Mirror. And that is why we're not at every crime scene.

I mean, let's be truthful. Nobody likes an ambulance chaser. I hope I never become one. We have become very adept at covering events when no one ever knew we were there.

So, I guess what I'm saying is, sure things go wrong like they did in Dearing last week, and sure we have to let the public know about it. But the way we cover the bad compared to the way we cover the good should give you an idea what this paper is made of.



Web posted on Thursday, September 2, 2004


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