Prior to writing this column, one of my rituals is to visit the Glendale News-Press website to see if there are any stories I may have missed in the print edition. This week, my eye caught hold of a statistic. It appears that the Jan. 15 police report was the third most viewed story on the website.
The fact that the police report ranks so high on the most viewed list causes some conflict within me. The more primitive part of me is glad the paper dedicates column space to publicizing the names of individuals who are arrested on suspicion of burglary, drug possession and such. Perhaps it's Ye Olde Vigilante in me that finds this type of retribution fitting. It reminds me of the rack in the town square where criminals would be subject to public display and ridicule for crimes against the community.
Yet even though part of me believes people who do bad things ought to be "outed," the more evolved human within me refuses to read that section of the paper because doing so perpetuates the negative.