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Opinion

Corruption thrives amidst complacency


  • By The Newnan Times-Herald
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  • Mar. 06, 2020 - 4:30 PM

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These days, people can sometimes forget what newspapers are supposed to do for their communities and can be quick to criticize the news. After all, “news” is everywhere we look.

However, a lot of work and consideration goes into what makes it onto our pages.

Unlike the internet, where production is free or as good as free, going through the trouble to print news requires a lot of planning and multiple rounds of scrutiny.

Unlike sponsored content, “facts” aren’t purchased by large corporations for convenience.

Print isn’t ethereal; it needs to stand the test of time. We can’t delete thousands of newspapers – history – because the facts are embarrassing.

As the official legal organ and record-keeper of our community, we take this responsibility seriously.

Most news is easy to come by; it’s the obvious, day-to-day observations we pass around freely and take for granted.

More long-term, sustained examination of routine life leads to understanding a bigger picture that impacts us all, whether we realize it or not.

Aldous Huxley wrote, “Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.” The proverbial ostrich with its head in the sand comes to mind.

So many people assume that someone else will pay attention to the big picture and take care of any problems that come up.

Corruption thrives in a complacent society.

It’s time to pay attention to the big picture and take responsibility for the problems and the solutions.

The internet has allowed us to skim for the news we want and hide the news we disagree with or don’t want to see.

The hard news can be uncomfortable, but it doesn’t go away if we don’t acknowledge it.

Newspapers have existed to alert communities to things that need attention – things that would otherwise go unnoticed or unaddressed.

Only cowards pretend bad news doesn’t affect them.

Being aware of what the decision-makers are doing while the rest of us go about our lives is important. Being involved with the process of those decisions is even more important.

Taking responsibility for those decisions and tackling the problems takes courage, and we’re at a turning point in our community.

Our community leaders are retiring in droves. They have paid their dues, working tirelessly as executives, volunteers and organizers.

The amazing community we have today is a direct result of countless thousands of hours of dedicated time and energy, most of it behind the scenes, unnoticed by the average citizen.

It’s time for the next generation of engaged residents to step in and take the reins.

The next Steve Mader is among us. The next Joe Harless is out there somewhere. The next Charles Wadsworth could be standing behind you in the checkout at Publix.

We need these people to come forward and lead Coweta’s next generation into an enlightened, prosperous future.

Our future depends on it.