EDITOR’S DESK: We enjoy our jobs when the news becomes 'more'

Published: Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 04:05 PM.

Six years ago, I reported on a woman’s concerns for her grandchild who had no place to play since an Alabama park was not wheelchair accessible. That wasn’t a concern a year later after some recreation board and city council decisions.

A few weeks ago, a Crestview reader shared that a resident donated something she couldn’t afford because of a quote that reporter Brian Hughes collected. (The details are unimportant, and we’d like to respect the privacy of that situation.)

And over the past week, readers came together to praise and support their neighbor Danny Parker, featured Oct. 26 in our Down syndrome series.

Hearing from Gloria Cottrell, whose full comment appears in today’s Hubbub, was awesome. Hughes quoted Parker as saying, “I used to have Down syndrome,” which sums up how much the genetic disorder hinders the Wal-Mart employee: none.

That inspired Cottrell’s family, who just happened to read about Parker’s story as they welcomed a grandchild with Down syndrome into the world.

“Thank you for writing this story and showing others what these special people can do,” she writes.

Then there were Crestview High School and Baker School’s remarkable wins Friday night. (See, "Bulldogs' first victory over Niceville in 31 years 'a long time coming'" and "Baker head football coach: 'We are back' following district title")



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