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Why are most comments negative?Posted Wednesday, May 25, 2011, at 12:18 PM
I love Greene County, considering I have left several times just to come back.
I have lived here almost all of my life. The atmosphere is great, and no matter where you go there is no doubt you will run into someone that you know. It is impossible to go to a store without at least having one conversation with someone you went to high school with, or a family member.
I just have one complaint. I worry about our priorities as a community. I have only been a reporter for the Greene County Daily World for a short time, and in that short time I have written several positive stories about fundraisers and events that are meant to help someone.
Just to mention a few, I went to the Relay for Life, and wrote a preview for White River Valley Worthington's Alex's Lemonade Stand. Both raised money for the American Cancer Society.
The Greene County Recycling Center held an event that got trash out of our houses and yards. A man got recognized by the American Red Cross for his efforts in Greene County. The late Tom Jones was honored by the Senate. A former marine who lost both of his legs in Fallujah came to speak to students at an alternative school.
Well, I frequently visit the website to check comments because I love the positive feedback, and want to know if I goof something up. I was appalled that there was a total of maybe 20 comments combined on these positive and moving stories, but a story about a woman with meth in a nursing home had almost 50!
Both of the "most viewed" and "most commented" tabs were filled with negative stories.
Why is it that when we hear a negative story, it will spread like wildfire through our county, but no one will tell their friends about an event that will raise money to save lives?
Have we gotten that lost within ourselves? Sure, some of the comments were people saying that they would pray for that woman, but why can't we pray for those second graders who are taking an entire day to raise money for dying children?
Just take a moment to think before you speak. Depression and mental health issues are on the rise, and maybe that would decline if we did not let so much negativity into our day-to-day lives.
Our community is so close, and it is impossible to stop the drama queens and naysayers. Hopefully, one by one we can spread the word about the happiness, and leave the negativity to those who are facing it. It is really none of our business, why do we feel like we have to feed off of it?
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