How About Some Good News?!

On “Good News Gazette” (, you can find out about how a small Georgia town came to declare a “Random Acts of Kindness Day,” or about the homeless Army veteran in Texas who repaid a small act of kindness by volunteering to help others.

I guess what I’m getting at is that there is a lot of good in the world if you look for it; but you’d never know it by watching the normal news shows or reading newspapers.

I think we all get so wound up in our everyday issues that it’s not easy to stop and recognize good news when we see it. I know I am guilty of this. But when good does occur, it is magnified when the story is shared with others.

So on this Friday, are there any PRB readers with some Good News you want to share with others? Have you seen someone doing good things that deserve sharing? We could start a “Good News Thread” right here on the PRB website and put a stop to all the fedstration.

Randy Gaddo, a retired Marine who also served for 15 years in municipal parks and recreation, is now a full-time photojournalist who lives in Peachtree City, Ga.; he can be reached at (678) 350-8642 or email

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5 comments on “How About Some Good News?!

  1. Bernie Rangel on said:

    It’s funny that your article would be about what we view. Because last night my wife and I never turned the tube on and didn’t feel like we had missed a thing. Yes the bad, negative has gotten old. Maybe we need to bring back the good, positive old. Yes we care about health, safety, environmental issues, but not people’s personal lives that don’t matter in our own. Thanks!

  2. Billy Moore on said:

    Great and spot on article. You are right, our media, including sports media focuses on the negative. We all would be better off if we received reporting in context. Report the bad that we need to know and then the 25 good things. Would that not be cool, a 25 to 1 ratio of good to bad news. How much better would we feel? My good thing to report is about a man who makes money officiating soccer. He does high school, adult and sometimes small college games all for pay. For our youth program we use volunteers. Getting officials is sometimes tough. I roped this guy in one Saturday. He has since turned down many paid games to volunteer for our youth soccer program. He loves being out there with the kids and our volunteer coaches. He told me he has never had so much fun. He feels he is giving back to his community and the youth. He is now out there every week for 3-4 games. One other nice story. A 10 year old super soccer player recently scored all 4 goals in a 4-3 win. Everybody was telling him how great he was. He pointed to one of the weakest players and said for everyone to hear, Lauren is why we won. She stole the ball and made a great pass to set up the last goal. This girl smiled from ear to ear. What a great thing for a 10 year old kid to do. Thanks for the article. I am spending the rest of the day focusing on all the great things people do.

    • Great comments Billy and Bernie, and Billy those are the kind of good news stories that give hope for a brighter tomorrow. I think I’m going to try and focus on good news henceforth in Week-Ender. We can tell America’s Good News one story at a time:-)

  3. Randy, you are so right that we need some good news. Our local radio station does a good news feature every morning at 6:45 and it is a refreshing change for the bad news that seems to permeate our lives.
    My story is my Dad. He is in his 50th year of volunteering with the local rescue squad. He is a lifetime member of the Charlottesville Albemarle sqaud and has nearly 20 years with the Northumberland County squad (both in Virginia). Next month he will be 85 and is getting ready to teach an EMT class. As you can imagine after nearly 50 years of teaching, he is now teaching the grandchildren and even great-grandchildren of his original students. My Dad does not do this for the glory or accolades and actaully gets embarrassed if he is publicly recognized for his work, he does it because he wants to help others. Of course the message he gave us, his children, through his actions speaks louder than all the lectures and rules doled out as we were growing up.

  4. Barb Burkholder on said:

    Love the warm and fuzzy ideas about good news. My husband won’t even watch the 11 p.m. news. Can’t stand all of the bad news. I like the idea of sharing good news. Let’s go for it in your column! The good story that I have is a pic today from a friend in DC. She took a picture of 3 soldiers in raincoats standing guard of the tomb of the unknown soldier in the cold, wind and rain. The other pic was of the Navy lacrosse team all dressed up in their dress blues saluting a bus of 67 veterans after they met the WWII veterans after their lacrosse game against Notre Dame. Very compelling!
    Facebook me and I’ll send you the pics. My Facebook name is Barbara Burkholder.

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