Tricounty News

No one likes change … at first

They say that only a wet baby likes change. (Of course, they also say that politicians are like babies; they should be changed often.)

It’s human nature, though, to dislike and even to resist change. It only gets worse with age. We find a comfortable routine, and we like to stick to it, all the time. Anything that sets us off that routine is a major irritant. (Prime example: road rage.) 

Some people are more set in their ways, regardless of their age, than others.


It’s always scam time

No matter what’s going on in the world, there’s someone out there ready to take advantage of people.

Today there are so many different ways you can be scammed, it’s hard to keep up with it all. By the time people catch on to one method, 10 more scam schemes have popped up.

There is, of course, one cardinal rule that will spare you from most of the scams out there: If it seems too good to be true, run away, it’s most likely a scam.


Let’s hear it for Labor Day

The holiday has passed, but Labor Day is much more than an excuse for a barbecue, or a last hurrah of summer.

Labor Day is a day when we honor those who work hard to make our lifestyle possible: 

Truck drivers and train engineers transport nearly all the goods we buy and consume. 

Construction workers who build our homes, businesses, schools, hospitals, and roads. 


All good things must … evolve

Last week I had the good fortune to spend a couple of days with newspaper folk. Ours is such a solitary existance usually, toiling away at our remote outposts. So when we get together, it’s a lot of fun.

When newspaper folk get together they invariably talk about their newspapers but even more about their communities. You might be amazed at just how much our schools, city governments, organizations, churches, and people are alike. Same play, just different character names.

This still surprises me a bit.


The art of finding balance

The Tri-County News has been a multi-community newspaper since it was born 65 years ago. Before that, it was the Tri-County Messenger; also a multi-community newspaper. 

This past week, I was distressed by what was happening with some of my publisher friends. One woman in Wisconsin was attacked for including so much bad news in the paper. Could she help it that there were five tornadoes, and a gruesome murder all within a few days?