Too often the news media are pegged with focusing on the negative – stories of crime and poverty, violence and inequity. And while there is a steady stream of such news, it shouldn’t overshadow recent stories in the Journal that inspire, encourage, and set the record straight on the many good things and people in our communities.
There’s Caroline Fraser of Santa Fe, who won the Pulitzer Prize. The Pulitzer committee describes Fraser’s “Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder,” as “a deeply researched and elegantly written portrait of Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of the Little House on the Prairie series, that describes how Wilder transformed her family’s story of poverty, failure and struggle into an uplifting tale of self-reliance, familial love and perseverance.”
There’s 22-year-old Philip Hall, who smelled smoke and heard screams, then climbed over two fences and kicked down a third to pull 2-year-old Kierre Caldwell from a flaming tent. Both were severely burned and airlifted to out-of-state hospitals, and both face numerous surgeries and long recoveries.
There’s the Daniels Fund and United Way of Central New Mexico, committed to helping central New Mexico produce 60,000 new graduates with college degrees and certificates by 2020. The Daniels Fund recently gave United Way a $230,000 grant toward its Mission: Graduate initiative. The Daniels Fund has awarded more than $96.7 million to New Mexico nonprofits and students. The scholarships it provides have benefited hundreds of young New Mexicans. And Mission: Graduate has recorded an increase in the number of degrees despite declining enrollment.