Good News in the Paper

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Dylan Yoder
Columnist

With the end of summer freedom, the guises of a new virus on the horizon, and the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Europe, it can be pretty easy to feel down on the current state of things in the world. However, as frustrating as all those things can be, it’s important to realize that there are good things that happen in the world on a day-to-day basis. The most obvious one that comes to mind is those mischievous kids going off to school again. Let them cause trouble in someone else’s area other than yours for once. Jokes aside though, not all the news in the world is bad and doomsayer-ish, rather if you look hard enough, you can find the good in just about anything. Without further ado, here’s the good news in our world.  Starting with a bit of local good news for a change. Yoder Heritage Days are coming up here soon in another week or so, meaning great food, events, and music for all. I don’t know about you, but I always do what I can to make it to the 6 am pancake and sausage feed that they have featured at the fair site. More than that too, are the tractor pulls, bake sales, and everything else that may be going on during the festivities. Not to mention the parade of all sorts of vehicles and rusty antique tractors to boot. Without a doubt, you do not want to miss the Yoder Days festivities.
Skipping back over to world news for that gruesome Europe conflict. The war in Ukraine continues to rage onwards with few developments in sight. However, even in the midst of this bloody battle is proof that peace can still exist. Pictures of nesting Storks have been circling around the region as a ‘symbol of hope’ for the country. Even in the midst of war-torn areas, these storks still make their homes and raise their younglings. Furthermore, the stork itself is a sacred creature to the citizens of Ukraine. With circumstances such as theirs, any symbol of hope is a miraculous thing indeed. Sometimes, all it takes is nature’s persistence to set things right.
Speaking of nature’s advances, animals all across the world have continued to make increasing rebounds in numbers even after COVID protocols and restrictions have been lifted. Tigers in Nepal have rebounded nearly 190% of their original endangered numbers, Georgia has set the record for the number of Loggerhead turtle eggs on their beach, and an incredibly rare hummingbird has recently been rediscovered in Columbia, before previously being thought of as extinct. Regardless, nature has definitely been making strong advances in many ways.
As I stated at the beginning of this article, it’s time for kids to start heading back to school. Who knows, for some of you this may be a good thing, and for others a bad. But we all know that it means more growth, and learning to be done by our lovely children. It’s always good to see them develop as their own people.
There are many more pieces of good news from across the world to be had as well as these selections. I have merely scratched the surface of good news that everyday individuals never encounter in their busy lives. I don’t know about you, but I would much rather have good news to wake up to in the news report each morning than the constant political propaganda spread throughout our everyday media. Good riddance I say, and let us pay more attention to the good news of the world, rather than the sad. With that, have a good morning and an even better day.

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