EDITORíS DESK: Not such a bad neighborhood

       I usually try to ignore the Other Media. They have totally different goals and policies than we do, which can be neatly summed up in one word: Negativity. If something's not bad, it's going to get bad. And if it already is bad, it's going to get worse. And of course, we're all just helpless victims, mere flotsam spinning through the maelstrom of life. And anyone who claims to better him or herself is surely a hypocrite who is hiding something.
       Not that there isn't hypocrisy here and there. In a certain section of the tightwad daily, one that depends on having its writing done for free, the word "community" is regularly tossed around like some kind of cutesy hacky-sack, but, sad to say, its "citizen journalists" share a common malady, which is a disinclination to do actual research before tapping out words on a keyboard, and the fact is that most of them have no more idea of the Westside's community core than a Park County commissioner. The latest example is an article in the Dec. 11 edition of the aforesaid publication (whose proper name I believe is "Tree Death"), where we are blithely informed as follows: "Whether you like it or a not, there's probably a meth lab or meth users... living right next door." But oh, by the way, the Westside is "not such a bad neighborhood when compared to the rest of the city."
       I don't even know where to start on the loopy irresponsibility of all that. All I know is, we're closing in on our five-year anniversary here at the Pioneer, and I'd like to think that in our publications we've managed, at least once in a while, to demonstrate that there is another way to produce a newspaper. People here want to know what's happening around them, and our goal is to find that information and relate it as best we can in words and pictures, to spotlight what's best about it and to understand that which might change it. Maybe one of these days the Tree Death writer will meet some of the people who are so key to making this "not such a bad neighborhood" - people who give without thought of return, who truly value this community (many of them going back two, three or more generations) and work to keep it strong, through churches, the history center, schools, the library, neighborhood associations and clubs.

- K.J.