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Editorial: Bad days can get better

From time to time we hear from Rosemount or Farmington residents who are interested in keeping their name out of the newspaper. Often it is because they have done something to end up in our police report, and they hope to spare themselves the embarrassment of friends and neighbors seeing what they have done.

We always decline those requests. Those reports are part of the public record, and it is not for us to pick and choose what we publish. If any of it goes in, it all goes in. That includes friends and family. It includes any of the staff here if we end up in the police report.

The incidents in those reports sometimes represent a low point in a person’s life. The good news is, many people make an impressive climb up from there.

Consider the story of Lacey Meacham, a Rosemount resident who had a bad day a year or sow ago. Then she started drinking and got pulled over by police. A bad day got worse.

But then things got better. As reported on page three of this issue, Meacham realized she needed to make changes in her life. She started doing volunteer work with Mothers Against Drunk Driving and with another organization called The Mary Shawl Project that reaches out to victims of drunk driving accidents. She has a job she loves and has started riding her bike to and from work.

Meacham is in a better place now than she was a year ago. She and others like her should be commended for the changes they make. It’s a reminder that sometimes one bad day is just that, and that there are better days ahead.