Valdosta Daily Times

April 15, 2013

A world where all news is local

The Valdosta Daily Times

-- — Not too many years ago, along with the saying that all politics are local, so was all news.

Even now, as a community-based newspaper, The Times focuses more on what’s happening down the street from you rather than what you see on CNN or FOX News.

But that’s not always the case. Sometimes, national and international news become as local as what’s happening at city hall, whether it’s a Valdosta State grad avenged by the death of Osama bin Laden, or a Valdosta-born sailor serving a meal to a sea captain saved from Somali pirates, or Moody Air Force Base personnel traveling overseas, or a young South Georgia model enduring the Japanese nuclear reactor scare, or a local woman sharing that her family escaped harm in a Chilean natural disaster.

Or a series of violent explosions marring the Boston Marathon.

Three Lowndes County residents were running the race Monday when the explosions occurred. All three are thankfully safe, shaken but unharmed, according to reports from area friends Monday afternoon.

We are reminded on a daily basis that the world is a smaller place. Sometimes, it’s something as simple as an area resident who has kept an out-of-state cell phone number. Sometimes, it’s something as shocking as those few moments not knowing if three area people survived explosions in Boston.

It’s a smaller world, where some event anywhere may strike at the hearts and souls of people here.