(By Brandon Hansen/Managing Editor of Chewelah Independent)
Turn on the news and the world is burning.
Step outside? Well if you live in Chewelah, you probably stepped into several inches of snow, some neighborhood kids are riding by on their bikes trying to do jumps of snow berms and the world is most definitely not burning in Stevens County (until the summer forest fire season, I suppose.)
Considering the amount of anger, venom spouted at “the other side” and overall anxiety about the direction in which we as a country are headed, please take a few moments to consider this. From 1945 to 2011, the world experienced a continued drop in warfare and the global death rate dropped from 22 per 100,000 to 1.4 per 100,000 in same time period.
Crime rates as reported by several reputable studies and sources have shown that there has been a steady decline in violent crimes. This flies in the face of popular shows like “Criminal Minds” and “NCIS” which make you feel like your florist could be a serial killer. More