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Fred Ryan
Éditorialiste Invitée
Guest Editorialist

Within the time-honoured tradition of newspaper editorials, today we indulge in a novel idea, a positive opinion piece. Imagine ... no alarms, none of the threats of soapbox-media, all routinely knocking everything and everyone. A smile or merely an understanding nod, that's the goal in this long-forgotten tradition rather than trying for a wringing of hands, racing heart rate, short-breathing. A true editorialist should celebrate and praise what merits praise, as much as the equally legitimate task of questioning and criticizing decisions and decision-makers and looking at
points in the news which might go unnoticed.
The media's menu of pessimism, alarmism and disaster, plus its enthusiasm for every example of victimization - added to media-management's insistence on story-telling (in place of, say, factual news reports) - does no one any benefit. Creating gloom is the media's most unwelcome ambition!
Take today's big story, COVID-19. Besides reports of promising vaccine research elsewhere, one of our under-reported stories is Pontiac's very positive reaction to the pandemic and its restrictions.
Despite the urge to resist government-imposed restrictions and the drama of fighting for "individual freedom", despite conspiracy theories, Pontiac has pretty well resisted any urge to paddle against the current in this  crisis. Pontiac's health-
system stats are relatively positive, and our social and business affairs have staggered along modestly successfully and with creativity. We've had our weddings, births, and funerals, our deer-hunting and backyard clean-up. We may see our grandchildren less, but it seems to register in the Pontiac that safety precautions benefit everyone. 
Even in keeping tidy, the Pontiac operates with above-average concern and attentiveness. A week ago I had to search along a highway shoulder in Thorne municipality and found, accidentally, in a 50 metre stretch, six discarded face masks and several rubber gloves. It turns out this is good news - compared to Gatineau and Ottawa reports of COVID-litter flooding parks and playgrounds. 
Best of all, Pontiac has not significantly supported the efforts elsewhere for COVID self-harm (protesting masks, entertainment and drinking shut-downs). It’s certainly embarrassing to hear apparently literate people claiming they're denied their "fundamental rights" with obligatory masks, closures, and crowd-limits. Obviously these folks don't understand the nature of rights and freedoms - nor our responsibilities to fellow citizens.
Pontiac seems to be standing strong and following community protections, whereas more affluent regions (Quebec City, Montreal, SW Ontario) are protesting restrictions. Now is not the time to drop the ball and go off-target. "Fatigue" is merely that. Folks, we have the next challenge coming: vaccinations. Let's keep our eyes on our health-target, our Pontiac.
Today's editorial is not headline-grabbing, nor Faceplant regurgitation; it's plain old good news. Remember what that used to be ... good news?