Letter From the Editor: The Colors Between the Oceans

by | Jun 2024

IF YOU took a snapshot of any moment in our country’s history, there is a hurt we were trying to heal. The same is true today. It’s our independence that lets us correct our wrongs, to heal, and to build our country up for a more perfect union. We can all be made by the same Creator and still land somewhere red, white, or blue. We can be different. That is the beauty of independence. This land is your land; this land is my land. 

We can be better because of the people in our communities. Those who allow us to be independent provide an open field. We can run for miles into the unknown, and while it’s scary, we know we are capable of whatever waits on the other side. We can run with the wind to our backs, hitting the ground to the beat of drums and trumpets that empower us. The same trumpets that rang as we fought a Civil War to keep a country together with human rights for those of every skin color. The same drums that banged as we flew to Europe to end the Second World War. The same trumpets that helped us stand tall in September 2001. We’re a country with the strength to hold each other up in 2020, even if it was through latex gloves. 

While perfection will always be impossible to attain, it’s our duty to fight for it every day — to get closer to the threshold of freedom and equality for everyone. Independence is a blessing that paints a beautiful picture of blues and reds that, when you pull away, make a purple you can only find between the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. 

This issue of Good News highlights those in our community who make us better. It’s their independence — and the fight to obtain it — that makes us who we are. GN 

More Good News

In Crust We Trust

In Crust We Trust

WALKING INTO Sourdough Pizza, you are welcomed with a modern, no-frills aesthetic that represents the fresh and clean menu well. The first thing I noticed was the playlist — Cyndi Lauper, Alanis...

read more
Fireworks, Flavor, and Family

Fireworks, Flavor, and Family

WHAT BETTER time to indulge in the ultimate celebration of all things American: backyard barbecues, July Fourth festivities, and the comforting flavors of home? Let’s salute the classic dishes that...

read more
Make Time for Memories: Recipes

Make Time for Memories: Recipes

THE FIRST dogwood blooms unfurl while other trees wake up from their long winter nap. Images of spring break and picnics flood our feeds and keep us daydreaming of the warmer days ahead. Whether...

read more
Edison2 and the Very Light Car

Edison2 and the Very Light Car

RECORD-BREAKING INVENTIONS are not common, and Lynchburg is proud to be home to one such invention: the Edison2 Very Light Car. Nearly 15 years ago, Lynchburg found itself on the national stage...

read more
Recipes: Fuel for Focus

Recipes: Fuel for Focus

RISE AND shine to breakfasts that fuel minds and bodies alike! Celebrate the power of wholesome, delicious meals to kickstart learning and energize young students. We’ll dish up recipes packed with...

read more
Transforming Mental Health Care

Transforming Mental Health Care

NESTLED IN the heart of Virginia, Horizon Behavioral Health is orchestrating a quiet revolution in mental health care. A plan for a new crisis receiving center (CRC) has garnered support on a local...

read more
Letter From the Editor: The Learning Curve

Letter From the Editor: Selfless

THE MERRIAM-WEBSTER dictionary defines the word selfless as “someone who has no concern for self, or unselfish.” As the world keeps turning, it may feel like selfless people are few and far between....

read more
Faith: Just as You Are

Faith: Just as You Are

FOR OVER 30 years, children’s television host Mister Rogers came into the homes of millions via our television sets and told us something we should never forget.  “I like you just the way you...

read more