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Communication provides better understanding, appreciation

Whether you are sitting in the barbershop or talking to others before the start of Sunday school, one of the phrases you are most likely to hear is “the world has just gone crazy.” Then, as the conversation continues, someone with a philosophical twist will ask the question, “is the world getting more crazy, or are we just hearing more about it?”

If a tree falls in the woods, right?

In a world where social media and 24-hour news stations are filled with content that would otherwise have been left on the cutting room floor, or placed on page C11 of the metro newspaper, life does seem a bit crazier.

For those who report on the news, we are at times inundated with information, press releases and tips. We are called about this item and another, left to sift through the information. But lately, the news locally has changed its tunes.

It seems over the past few months, the notifications and updates from local law enforcement has switched from the category of “suspects sought” to “arrests made.” The releases have talked of “information needed” to “case solved.”

While some find the constant updates from the Warren County Sheriff’s Office and the Vicksburg Police Department as evidence crime is getting worse, the opposite might be more accurate.

Over the past few months, we have seen shooting suspects captured, charges filed and bonds set. We have seen what was once considered a cold case result in multiple arrests and some sense of closure for a local family.

We have had reports of deputies responding swiftly to kidnapping and assault cases, where arrests have been made and further injury, or worse, prevented.

So we might not be able to answer the question “is the world getting crazier,” but thanks to better communication from our law enforcement agencies, we better understand, appreciate and applaud those working to keep the “crazy” under control.