Positive, local news far better than phone alerts

This past week I broke down and finally took a peak at the messages on the Betterhalf’s smart phone.
Over the past few years I’ve witnessed many smart phone users bump into each other walking along a busy sidewalk and nearly knocking each other down as they intently were trying to text each other. In a recent case the Betterhalf and I witnessed a family of four sit in an adjacent restaurant booth pull out their smart phones and not communicate with no one other than another smartphone user through the entire mealtime.
My displeasure of smartphones was re-enforced again this past week when I headed out in the early morning and decided to hit the button on the Betterhalf’s smartphone that was being recharged on the kitchen counter.
I was greeted with the following messages: “The U.S. ponders a response to the suspected Syrian government chemical attack on Syrian civilians, Tony Robbins apologizes, Canadian mourns the loss of 15 junior hockey team members . . . and more to follow.”
I thought what a way to start a new day!
Later that afternoon I felt more optimistic when the Aurora News-Register hit the streets with positive hometown stories such as the Memorial Community Hospital Foundation raising more than $40,000 at its sold-out gala; the opening of the new Westfield Quality Care facility move-in day for 50 residents; community afterschool programs across the county sponsored by the Extension service; upcoming programs being hosted by the Edgerton Explorit Center; and the Plainsman Museum.
The list goes on and on, but the message is positive. There are a lot of good things happening in our community, all supported by the citizens of our communities.
After reading the News-Register later that day, I soon forgot about the early morning reports I had seen earlier on my Betterhalf’s smartphone.
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Here’s a little reminder: “It’s mighty nice to be proud of the city or community in which you live, but it’s still better for your home community to be proud of you.”
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Jack hasn’t come home. I am worried. Is he spending the night with you?” a text Smith’s wife made to five of his friends. Soon after her husband arrived home, and before long, messages came in with the following replies that all said: “Yes, Jack is spending the night with me.”
RL Furse  is publisher emeritus of the News-Register

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