GLENN ZARING: Looking in the mirror

By GLENN ZARING
News Advocate Columnist

One thing is sure, after the hysteria of the 2018 election season, just about everyone outside of the Beltway is sick and tired of the non-stop, 24/7 news coverage of issues that we really are tired of talking about.

Talking heads basically repeating the same headlines to each other with slight nuances that theoretically make the news readers look intelligent. It’s enough to make you want to find reruns of the “Andy Griffith

ZARING

ZARING

Show”!

In thinking about the Manistee News Advocate, first, I never thought I would write for them other than press releases and material for the government where I worked for 12 years or for the various agencies and committees that I and my late wife Catherine served on in our town.

The truth is that, in my opinion, the love affair with cable news and the 24 hour (constant) news cycle is almost over. People are thirsting for something different and local media is going to experience a resurgence. The News Advocate, Benzie County Record Patriot and other small papers are poised to fill a very important niche … keeping you informed on your community. Which is why I’m now writing for the MNA!

You won’t always like what I write, but that is OK. To have a great community, we need great communication (and, to be able to disagree without being disagreeable) and I am honored to play a small role in that noble effort.

Looking at Manistee and northwest Michigan, we have what many, many people are thirsting for … nice safe towns, country lanes to walk down, restaurants where before long, you will not only recognize faces but the folks there will remember your name.

We have world-class beaches and forests, hunting and fishing that most city folks can only dream about and most of all, we have places where you can just go and relax. Go sit at First Street Beach and watch boats and waves … your blood pressure will go down for sure!

We have golf courses everywhere including some highly ranked ones (like Arcadia) and ones for duffers that challenge them just enough to get them back for more. There is no end to what we can do here … or not do if we are just tired.

Part of what I will write about are observations on our lives, our issues and our efforts. By the way, I did this for over 10 years in the south Chicago market with weekly columns and it was great fun!

One of the things you can look for is what I call my “GB&U” snippets. With a tip of my cap to Spaghetti westerns, this stands for the Good, the Bad and the Ugly. Here is an example.

Recently, we had some folks split off from their former restaurant and open Cafe 1907 on East River Street. They have brought a class effort to the East end with excellent food and great service. That’s the Good!

On the Bad, at the last Manistee football game (oh yes … congrats to them for their outstanding season), one of the moms in attendance was knocked to the ground by, in her words, “some fat kid.” He just ran into her and knocked her sprawling. He didn’t stop, say he was sorry or help her up. To make matters even worse, his mother was following closely and looked at the lady on the ground and said, “He didn’t mean it!” She then just plowed after the “fat kid.” Sounds like time for an attitude check and some parenting classes. That is not how we are supposed to treat people!

Manistee and our piece of the sunset side of the state is not perfect. But, it sure isn’t too bad.

Join me as we explore our home and together, let’s make it even better!

Glenn Zarings’ columns will appear on Fridays in the News Advocate. He may be reached at publicaffairsadvisor@gmail.com.

2 comments on “GLENN ZARING: Looking in the mirror

Leave a Reply