There is so much going on in the world these days that can easily raise one’s eyebrows. Here are a few random musings about things that have recently gained my attention.
•As I travel here and there around Texas County in keeping up with my daily tasks for you local news source, I sometimes hear how too much coverage is given to a specific story or subject – like the saga of murder suspect and captured fugitive Daniel Campbell.
My response is typically something along the lines of as the main local news source, one of the Herald’s primary directives is to provide as much information as possible about the “big” stories people are most interested in. I usually also point out how readers’ interest is easy to gauge by looking at statistics regarding the most-read stories on the Herald’s highly-popular website.
Just so you know, stories about Daniel Campbell occupy eight of the top-10 spots on last week’s most-read chart. There’s your interest.
•Speaking of Daniel Campbell, I am proud of Texas County Sheriff James Sigman for stepping up and taking responsibility for last week’s improbable “escape.” I know the man well enough to know he had to be sick to his stomach when he got the news that Campbell had left the jail facility with little to no difficulty.
I also know Sigman had to be experiencing quite a variety of feelings, ranging from abject dismay, to disbelief, anger, frustration, embarrassment and sorrow.
Not that the opinion of a penny-ante journalist matters as much a pile of pinto beans, but the positive light in which I view this county’s sheriff has not been affected by this debacle. He knows it happened on his watch, and he’s motivated to make amends.
And he already has. I dare say the people in his department now know now seriously he takes his job and the entire situation his staff is in.
I have thought for years we’re in pretty dang good hands, and I still think so.
•In case you missed it, people have actually taken to the streets to protest the results of the recent presidential election. They’re cause is to highlight the grievous mistake American voters made.
But while the blatant sour grapes aspect of that behavior is enough to marvel at, it even isn’t the kicker. What’s more amazing is that many of the protesters are being proven to have not voted in said election.
First of all, I don’t care at all who votes and who doesn’t. But protesting a vote when you didn’t participate? Really?
That takes a level of ignorance I can’t relate to, and it’s probably as good an example of a misguided sense of entitlement as we’re ever going to see.
By the way, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick didn’t vote, either. Despite all the kneeling for a cause during pre-game national anthems.
So how does that work? I’d feel pretty bad if I was one of the many people who followed Kaepernick’s lead by kneeling at various events.
It’s like, “dude, you have no credibility at all now!” Of course, that assumes he did in the first place.
Doug Davison is a writer, photographer and newsroom assistant for the Houston Herald. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.