There’s plenty of good news to go around |

There’s plenty of good news to go around

The Union editorial board

It’s not uncommon to hear complaints that “your paper contains nothing but bad news,” and the pointing out of upbeat stories in The Union often falls on deaf ears. Perhaps that is because many of us have been conditioned to focus on the unusual, and (fortunately for our community) bad news is still rare enough to be unusual.

There is no denying, however, that negative stories have been dominant – the continuing struggle in Iraq, soaring gas prices, methamphetamine lab busts, traffic accidents.

That’s why it was refreshing on Monday to see a spate of stories that made us feel good about Nevada County and its people.

Starting with a happy photo of kids having fun at the Nevada Union High School Senior Ball, Page One also told about the community coming through – as it always seems to do – to help a family with seven children that had its laundry stolen.

Then we learned that PG&E’s bankruptcy had a bright side: More than 10,000 acres of the company’s land in Nevada County will be preserved permanently as wildlife habitat, open space and a public recreation area.

The Learning Page celebrated the retirement of Bill Mitchell after 35 years as a band director at Lyman Gilmore school, and in the Sports section, we cheered a blowout victory by the Sacramento Kings that kept them alive in the NBA playoffs.

Never any good news? Not around here.

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