Whenever traveling, as I watch the news waiting for kids to get out of the shower, I am amazed at the headlines of murder, drive by gang violence, theft on a large scale and tragic events at schools.You expect the amazing twenty car pile ups due to the traffic of a city, but the violence you see on the tube and read about on line, in the local city newspapers makes me feel sad, slightly sick. Not used to that one right after another coverage of events.
In today's local edition of the Bangor Daily News there are lots of community events, friendlier happier news coverage. But for the darker, but tamer set of uglier headlines here is what I scan eating wheaties with my two eyeballs..."Houlton Maine woman hits tree in single car crash", "Boy rides bike into side of pickup in Eastport Maine", "Fire from light damages Milo Maine Methodist church." "Amity Maine man and son hit moose, both wearing seat belts and are okay but moose killed at scene." That's the best I can do digging up tragic, crime filled headlines boys and girls, ladies and gentlemen.
You have to wonder if the news is dire, the crimes horrendous day after day, do the readers/viewers get "tone deaf" or "numbed" by the severity of the headlines and the crimes themselves?Does it make you the citizen bitter, hardened, more pro gun control or militant, defensive and shopping for a new concealed taser for you and your loved ones? Doesn't protecting yourself and your family, business from crime waste energy, money and give you less of a sense of safety, freedom, peace in where you live? Does your home where you live have triple locks, a security system? Or like most Mainers, would you have no clue where your house door key is? And the car keys are always, always left in the ignition when parked in the yard, or while you shop at the local grocery? Or with heavily covered crime news areas is it assumed it is like this all across America and around the world?
Do you think there is no escaping it, that like a cancer, you live with in fear with it? Doesn't fear make you old before your time, make you nervous, anxious and affect your quality of life? Is it worth it?
Maine is the 4th lowest crime state and Aroostook County is half that state figure again. Less people, a friendly less desperate population translates into folks that volunteer and work hard to make their area shine, safe, and a happy place to make a living, raise a family. If you like to read about and live among folks that are involved in daily violent crimes, you won't be very happy in Maine. We are family oriented, spend our weekends volunteering for youth events, not heisting a bank, stealing a car, or making other negative headlines in the local newspapers/television newcasts.