David Waters, USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee
Alex Haley, the late author and journalist who grew up just north of here in Henning, Tenn., became widely known and praised for many things, including this quote: “Find the good and praise it.”
The U.S. Coast Guard even made that quote the emblem for the USCGC Alex Haley, the cutter recommissioned in 1999 to honor Haley, the first African-American to reach the rank of chief petty officer.
I’d like to make it one of the emblems of these opinion pages known as Viewpoint. I need your help.
In the coming weeks, The Commercial Appeal’s Viewpoint section will provide at least three ways for all of us to find the good in the Memphis area and praise it.
The 2017 People of the Year
Who do you think has made the greatest overall contribution to our community in 2017? It could be an individual, a group or an organization.
Send us your nominations. Our editorial board will consider all of them and choose three to name as The Commercial Appeal’s 2017 People of the Year.
Nominations are due Monday, Dec. 4, and our 2017 Person or People of the Year will be revealed on Sunday, Dec. 31.
You can fill out The CA’s form at bit.ly/2ApAg6D or email your nomination to email@example.com with this information:
- Your name, email address and phone number for verification.
- Who you’re nominating and why (up to 5 sentences, but be specific).
Memphis Thanksgivings for 2017
We don’t have to remind each other of the many problems and challenges were face every day here in the capital of the Delta. We are more than aware.
But those of us who live and work in the Greater Memphis area also have much to be thankful for here in 2017. So let’s remind each other.
What have you seen, heard or experienced in 2017 that has made you grateful to be living or working in the 901?
Send your Memphis thanksgivings in
the form of a short letter to the editor (1-3 sentences) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include your name, address and phone number for verification.
Letters to the Editor
I received this brief, hand-written letter recently: “Letters to the editor is no longer interesting if you are only going to publish one letter. I want to see more opinions.”
So do I, Ms. Lemorrocco. I’d like to publish half a dozen letters every day, but I need more and better letters.
Nearly all of the letters we get tend to fall into one of three categories: Angry conservative, angry liberal, or just plain angry.
Constructive and civil expressions of anger surely have their place on editorial pages. But so do expressions of constructive praise and civic pride.
If you want to see more “good news” and positive views in your local news media, here’s your chance.
Don’t just find fault and assign blame for it. Find the good and praise it.