News you like

Some flailing around in journalism circles these days as Facebook has changed its algorithm. The bottom line of this change being that people will see less news in their feed, and if they do see news it will be news they want to see, news which they have somehow “told” Facebook they don't mind reading.

Put us down as a “not like.”

It works like this: News is information and that information is used to form a picture of the world in which we live. So far so good, right? Not a hard sale on that point after all. The problem is if you're going to paint a true picture, a picture which has all the colors an accurate picture should have, you might have to (gasp!) read something you don't like, or even with which you don't agree!

We, if this is news to you, are sorry to be the ones to break it to you. But yeah: Sometimes the news isn't fun to read; sometimes it forces us to consider a color we do not especially enjoy; sometimes it puts us to places on the palate where we'd rather not go.

Sometimes it hurts, but every time it's news.

Ah, wait, there's more. And sometimes an opinion is news, what somebody thinks and how they came to thinking it. (After all, a news story about “'Some person' thinks Y is Z” is fairly common.) But we have space in the paper, not a lot of space, but some, where people are able to lay out their argument, give a fuller picture.

We consider it - proudly - our job to present all these things, all these colors, in a reasonable and forthright manner. We're a newspaper, by definition old-school, and here at the newspaper it's not always the news you enjoy reading. It's always news, but again, might not be fun to read. Excuse the grizzled harshness, but it's a newspaper, not a daycare.

We published a column this week as part of our regular pastor's series about the argument for Pro Life. You may not agree. You may, even, find the idea - it being such a polarizing issue in our times - of a Pro Life opinion column offensive.

Still, we encourage you, especially you, to read it. It's not a question of being entertained, it's a question of understanding others. We don't mind entertaining you, but what we really want to do is inform. It's what we do, like it or not.

Police story

We have a story on the front  about a young lady who got into it with the police. She's a student at the high school. She's also over 18.

We made the decision not to use her name. We could have, over 18 and all, but didn't. Whatever her age she's still a high school kid and, frankly, we can all look back at our high school years and think about the things we did, how we wouldn't mind them getting in the paper even, and how looking back now be mortified that such records exist.

We, in other words, cut the kid a break.

Fly away

Flu shots are still available at the health department. You should get one. This has been a terrible year for flu, and we've even had some close to us who've had the shot come down with it.

We shiver to imagine how sick they would have been had they not gotten the shot, had they not been equipped to fight off the unknown antibodies they were able to fight off.

It's not too late; get the shot.

James 1: 2-8 (NIV)

Trials and Temptations

2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,[a] whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. 6 But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7 That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. 8 Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.