Sara Millhouse

We are a local newspaper: we bring you the news that happens here and affects you, (hopefully good) news about your neighbors and friends and the people you see in the grocery store.

I’m reminded of a childhood neighbor of mine who used to rail on my hometown newspaper (owned by a family who lived about a block away) for not covering world news. It was a moot point: a community newspaper does not have the resources to cover world news, nor is it our mission. We’re about you.

But it’s important to look at the big picture, too. In case you’ve missed it, here are a few of the things going on around the world this week:

• Facing a cash shortfall, the U.N. has cut food aid to 1.7 million Syrian refugees, endangering the health and safety of those suffering through the world’s worst refugee crisis.

• At least thirty-five people are killed in a mosque in Nigeria by militants.

• Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy swept to power, winning approximately 65 percent of French votes.

• The Taliban kill more than a dozen Afghan soldiers in one of their deadliest attacks this year.

• Pro-democracy demonstrators clashed with police in Hong Kong.

Unfortunately, it’s a mostly ugly list, in which mass violence and death take precedence over political or economic change.  

World news can be depressing and can make us feel powerless, but I still consider it our responsibility to attempt to understand what’s going on in the world. It’s much easier to understand big issues when we keep up with day-to-day happenings.

As humans and as a planet, the challenges we face are too grave to ignore.