OUR VIEW: Bad apples don’t define us

By Daily News • Last Updated 11:44 am on Monday, July 09, 2012

The thing about living in any town – no matter the size – is that you get the good with the bad. Of course, we always hope that the good far outweighs the bad.

But sometimes it may seem like the reverse. Lately, our area has had its share of strange crime and last weekend Montcalm County Sheriff deputies were particularly busy. They arrested a man after he threatened his family at knifepoint, apparently because he was upset he wouldn’t be able to buy K2/spice anymore. Selling the drug became illegal last Sunday.

Deputies also are investigating an attempted criminal sexual assault that allegedly took place late Sunday night near the Colby Ranch game area.

Greenville officers arrested a Grand Rapids man after he allegedly stabbed a local man during a party on Friday and attempted to stab another.

All scary events when considered on their own for sure. But it’s important to remember there are a ton of great things happening throughout the county, too.

For example, we just wrapped up the second very successful Montcalm County 4-H Fair at our newly developed fairgrounds just north of Greenville. We’ve  got a handful of new businesses coming to Greenville and others opening in surrounding towns, too. And we’ve got a number of educational institutions — both high schools and Montcalm Community College — that are nurturing outstanding graduates.

While it’s easy to be critical of the area based solely on crime reports, those of us who live here have a responsibility to turn that trend around. Put your dollars into local businesses, get involved in community organizations dedicated to making this the best place possible to live, and resist the urge to slam local law enforcement and the area in general when bad things do happen.

By working together to build up our reputation, we can send a clear message that we are not defined by the crime that happens here, but instead that we are a great place to visit and raise a family.

Editorial opinions are the consensus of The Daily News editorial board.

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