Where Has All the Good News Gone?

On New Year’s Eve 2013 I was having an optimistic moment.  I wrote then that I was sure that the “tide of love and compassion is turning” for the better.  I sort of promised that in my daily reading of my local newspaper, the Dallas Morning News, I would find evidence to support my optimism, and I would share it with you.  Well, that was almost a month ago and I have to say that so far I’m not as overwhelmed with the good news as I expected to be.

I am truly not disappointed in this lack of the uplifting, for I still think it is happening every day.  What I am disappointed in is the apparent reluctance of the DMN to print any of it.  But, true to my word, I will share the bits that have escaped the beady eyes of the news editors.

1.  A bill both parties can live with

Congressional appropriators unveiled a $1.1 trillion spending bill negotiated by both parties that would fund the government until Sept. 30.   The good news here is that congress actually agreed on something.

2.  Here’s something that made it into the Sunday part called “Talking Points”.

“There are about 80 different species, and some of them look just like us.  And they could walk down the street, and you wouldn’t know if you walked past one.”  This is credited to former Canadian defense minister Paul Hellyer, on extraterrestrials who visit Earth.  The good news is he is not made to seem like a nut job.  I like Mr. Hellyer and I’m glad he made the paper.

3.  Filipino rebels to end 40-year fight

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia–The Philippine government and the country’s largest Muslim rebel group completed talks Saturday on a deal to end four decades of fighting which has killed tens of thousands of people and helped foster Islamic extremism in Southeast Asia.  The good news is that two groups negotiated after 40 years of war.  It’s a start.

4.  Nations make strides on nuclear security

This article reports that the number of nations with appreciable fuel for atomic bombs has dropped from 32 to 25.  The U.S. dropped a point to tie with Britain in 11th place.  Also the U.S. has not ratified two nuclear accords despite making commitments to do so.  Well, that part isn’t very good news!  Australia remains in first place and North Korea in last.  The countries now off the list of those having bomb-making fuel were Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Mexico, Sweden, Ukraine and Vietnam.  That’s the good news.

5.  Pope to visit Holy Land to boost relations

Vatican City  . . .the three-day visit in May also underscores Francis’ close ties to the Jewish community, his outreach to Muslim’s and the Vatican’s longstanding call for peace between Israel and the Palestinians.   . . .Francis said he would visit Amman, Bethlehem and Jerusalem in May.  The good news is this religious leader is taking personal action in the name of peace between ancient enemies.  That seems hopeful.

6.  Mars attracts, as hopefuls are culled . . .1,058 applicants picked for the next round of nonprofit’s colony plan

Los Angeles  Last summer, more than 200,000 applicants applied for a one-way ticket to Mars.   This week 1,058 of them were selected to move on to the next round.  . . . Anyone over the age of 18 was invited to send in a video in which they explained why they wanted to go to Mars, and how they felt about never returning to Earth.  They were also asked to describe their sense of humor.  . . . The pool of selected applicants includes 472 women and 586 men.  . . .half are under age 35 but 26 are over the age of 56.  The oldest to move on to the next round is 81.   . . . contenders hail from 107 countries . . .United States is most heavily represented with 297, Canada is second with 75.  Launch of the final team to Mars: 2025.  It’s hard for me to say why this feels like good news, but it’s something to do with the optimism, courage, curiosity, and goldang big-dawg foolhardiness required.  SOMEBODY needs to get out there in the universe and take a look around!

7.  Korea reunions aim to ease tense time

Seoul, South Korea   South Korea’s president proposed Monday that the two Koreas improve their tense relations by resuming the reunions of families separated since the Korean War.   . . North Korean leader Kim Jong Un urged that Seoul and Pyongyang create “a favorable climate for improved relations” in a New Year’s Day speech.  This is obviously good news.  The Korean War was a part of my long-ago youth, and that is just way too darned long to keep families from crossing borders to visit each other.

8.  The truth is out there . . .Like Carl Sagan before him, Neil deGrasse Tyson wants to “transform how we think about science”

An article by Lynne Shere in Parade Magazine announces a new version of the wonderful old Carl Sagan program, Cosmos.  Surely you remember it fondly!  This one, honoring Carl, is called Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey.  The new guy says that he wants to help you “understand your relationship to other humans, to the rest of the tree of life on  Earth, to the rest of the planets in the universe, and to the rest of the universe itself.  I want it to get inside your skin.  I want you to be so affected that the worlds looks completely different.  This starts in March.  Watch for it, ’cause this is really good news.

So that wraps up Good News January.  I am not discouraged and will continue to scour my morning read for proof that we are headed in the right direction, in the direction of love and compassion.



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2 Responses to “Where Has All the Good News Gone?”

  1. Martha bailey on January 28th, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    Thanks for these! It is really uplifting to read only good news in your newsletter. Keep them coming!

  2. nelda on September 26th, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    YOU are GOOD NEWS,,,!