It seems that crime, mostly petty crimes, is rampant in the area. Almost every day this paper carries multiple stories of theft, assault and vehicle violations.

It seems that crime, mostly petty crimes, is rampant in the area. Almost every day this paper carries multiple stories of theft, assault and vehicle violations.
I’ve been scratching my head to figure it out. Is it drugs and alcohol, joblessness, low-paying jobs or simply character?
For many years when people were considering moving to a community, the thing to do was to get a three-month subscription to the local newspaper to get a feel for the community. A person could get at least a feel for the daily life and where the town was headed by reading about city council, the school board and other things such as civic clubs. They also learned what businesses where in the town.
One of a newspaper’s jobs is to reflect the life of a community one day a time. By reading a newspaper, a person should know what is going on in a town that day.
A newspaper is widely viewed as the first draft of history. For years into the future, someone could read an old newspaper and know what was going on that day.
I once interviewed a White House photographer. There were several in that position, and she said that one of the White House photographers always is on duty—day and night. She said at times it was an ordinary job and she would be called to shoot a picture of something that really wasn’t very interesting, such as a shot of someone posing with the president that most people didn’t know. She gave examples of someone or some group that represented a charity or achieved something in sports.
At other times, it was interesting and exciting when there was drama in the Oval Office or when a well-known foreign leader was there to be photographed with the president or vice president. This usually was some prime minister, royalty or some international figure.
The photographer I interviewed said she knew that most of her shots were of the ordinary variety, but she felt that every photo she took was historic. It was her job to record the daily events at the White House because she was recording the history of that day. The ordinary and the exciting were important to someone.
As a newspaper writer, I try to remember that comment when I do a story. I am writing the first draft of history.
Back to the crime in Neosho. Some of the reports are not very serious, such as when a cat scratched someone.
Even though I don’t feel threatened by this crime in town, I worry. I’m sorry that crime reflects so badly on our town, and we all need to work and do whatever we can to reduce it.
Perhaps it would be a better place if we kept better track of our kids, locked our doors, had more security alarms, looked out for each other more and gave encouragement to those who are having a rough time. I promise to try and do better. Will you?

Kay Hively of Neosho is a Daily News correspondent and writes a weekly column.