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EDITORIAL: No news, or good news?


People have different perceptions of what the news is, and what stories are worth coverage.

Some things may not directly affect our daily lives, like the ongoing Mike Duffy expense scandal, but the majority of the population can have a vested interest in it because it ultimately involves the government’s use of our own money.

We saw an example earlier this week of how a story can have nothing to do with most readers, but it was one that captured the public’s attention and support in this area like few others in recent weeks.

Does that make it a news story? You be the judge.

Last week, Corey Patey and Rochelle Cutler travelled from Alberta to their native western Newfoundland to get married. With their two three-year-old dachsund pups, Junior and Schneider, in tow, the couple was ready to celebrate.

The celebration, however, was somewhat muted when Schenider ran off the night before the wedding. Patey and Cutler went ahead with the ceremony, but were no doubt preoccupied by Schneider’s safety.

Desperate to find the pooch before they returned to Alberta on Thursday, the pair searched the area, posted flyers and contacted the media.

Much like with cases of missing people, the larger community took a quick interest, were vigilant and, in some cases, even helped with the search.

Eventually, the story came to a happy conclusion when a group of searchers found Scheider underneath a truck in the yard of an auto body shop. They corralled the dog underneath it and called his owners to come get him.

Photos of the tearful reunion show how special the bond between owner and pet can be, and how devastating it can be when it’s taken away.

Some will still say a missing animal isn’t worthy of all the media attention this story raised. Judging by the tens of thousands of views, hundreds of shares and comments on social media, however, there are plenty who thought it was.

What was really most encouraging about it all was the response from residents of Corner Brook and the surrounding area — again, many of whom had no personal connection to this family.

We’d like to think that if any of our own loved ones went missing or if someone was in need of help in some way that these same people will be there in the same way they were when searching for Schneider. It’s what a community is all about, and we saw the best side of that this past week.

It may not be a searing exposé, an election campaign or Mike Duffy.

But it’s certainly good news.

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