To the editor:
I would like to respond to the “bad news and good news” editorial in the Jan. 17 edition of The Laurinburg Exchange. I like good news and I don’t like bad news, but I must read about the bad news to be a good citizen. If it’s a theft or murder, I am obliged to read the story to be informed and even vigilant.
A bad news story can be written good or bad to me, like the movies of today vs. those from the 1930s to 1950s. If someone got killed in the early movies, he simply fell down. Today, the movies have to show the bullet or knife or whatever, strike the body, blood and flesh going everywhere. To me, the gory details are not necessary. The same is true of news but this does not mean leaving out the important details of the story or omitting the story completely.
Scotland County is just like any other county. I think it has good citizens and bad citizens, good cops and bad cops, good business leaders and crooked business leaders, good local government workers and crooked local government workers. I, along with many others, want all the news, good or bad.
I want to hear from those citizens who complained about bad news. I want to know why they want the Exchange to put on blinders when they report on Scotland County. I want them to contact me if they exist. If they do, they are probably those crooks who want to cover up some unsavory things like the sale of 2 or 3 acres of swamp land for $15,000 per acre. I think every citizen should be informed about this and who got the money. I’d like to know how I can sell my swamp land for half or even a quarter of that amount.
The Exchange should write all the news no matter if 90 percent is bad and I am sure that most good citizens will want this as well. Scotland County is not the Garden of Eden. I think the Exchange may be holding back some news items because of intimidation of influential people. Of course this is only my opinion. I have no proof of this. Or do I?