2012 was year worth celebrating

Published 12:01am Sunday, December 30, 2012

If you’ve not already been overwhelmed with year-in-review lists, we hope you’ll enjoy one more, on today’s front page.

The close of one year and the start of the new one inevitably bring a time of reflection on nearly every level. After all, learning from our past is the best way to ensure a better future.

When we posed a list of the stories to members of our community last week, one tragic bad news event immediately climbed to the top of nearly everyone’s rankings. And we don’t argue that that riot at the Adams County Correctional Center was the biggest local news story of the year.

But as you think back on 2012 and prepare for 2013, realize that it’s not the one-time events that mold us.

Yes, the loss of prison guard Catlin Carithers is a blow to our community, and his life will never be replaced.

But, other events in 2012 will define us all for years and decades to come. Many of those stories tend to be more positive, more uplifting.

The success of Natchez Inc., a good handful of economic development announcements, the return of the American Queen, new political leadership in Natchez and a new direction for the schools will be 2012 happenings that continue to develop in 2013 and beyond.

We’ll always remember the bad, but please don’t forget the good. It’s usually those stories that have the greatest long-term impact.

When you look at it that way, 2012 was a year worth celebrating.

 

  • Anonymous

    MR., THAT PRISON RIOT MIGHT LEAD THE HIGHEST OF THE YEAR FOR MANY, BUT THE LOST OF A PRISON GARD IS NOT THE ONLY BLOW TO OUR COMMUNITY. YOU OUT OF EVERYONE ELSE KNOW HOW MANY PEOPLE LOST THERE LIVES IN 2012. IF YOU’LL GOING TO TALK ABOUT PEOPLE LOSING THERE LIVES IN 2012, YOU NEED TO CRANK UP ANOTHER ARTICLE AND NAME THEM AND HOW THEY LOST THERE LIFE. THAT WOULD BE THE FAIR WAY TO DO THAT. THE FAMILY AND FRIENDS OF THOSE LOVE ONES WOULD APPRECIATE THAT. I MIGHT HAVE YOU WRONG, BUT I RALLY BELIEVE IF THAT PRISON GUARD WERE BLACK, YOU WOULDN’T HAVE MENTION HIM. I NEED TO COME DOWN THERE AND RUN THAT PAPER FOR A COUPLE OF MONTHS AND PUT IT ON THE RIGHT TRACK. START THE NEW YEAR OFF BY DOING THE RIGHT THING. I KNOW IT WILL BE HARD FOR YOU, BUT I ALSO FEEL YOU CAN FIND THE STRENGTH TO DO IT.