Lately, it's getting tough to stick with Facebook.
It's not just because of the damaging political banter or the Olympic spoilers -- although, both are annoying.
No, mostly it's all the negative hype being spread about how our communities are dreadful and dangerous. The "info" is thrown out carelessly, regularly and, most egregiously, it's presented as fact.
Are East County cities suffering from crime? Sure. Are those cities still as gloriously worry-free as, say, in the 1970s. Nope; not really.
Comments and postings include "there are killings and stabbings there daily," and "that place has gone to (heck)," and the favored post: "What happened to the place we grew up in?"
Well, very simply put, our area has grown. For example, Antioch's population is now more than 100,000. In 1970, about 28,000 lived there. That's a nearly fourfold increase, which can equal more lawbreaking.
There's no argument about the growing crime rate. In a recent report for Antioch, nearly all offenses were up from last year, including burglary and robbery.
Police Chief Allan Cantando said there is a link between staffing levels being down and the crime increase.
It'd be nice if cities had loads of money to pour into police departments or voters would say yes to bonds to help in this arena, but that's clearly not the case.
Thankfully, there are numerous neighborhood watch groups and those still involved
Unfortunately, I have no easy or clear answer to these often-overwhelming and disheartening issues.
I tend to wear my positive attitude annoyingly well, and prefer my sunglasses to be rose-colored. But, still, things are not as heinous as the naysayers spout.
Complaining and bashing aren't going to help one bit.
Embracing the good, being grateful for the gems, appreciating the beauty and jumping into help are fabulous options -- and foils -- against the negativity.
Maybe our parents were right: If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all.
Or, at least, don't say anything without facts and solid ideas.
For more info and ideas, visit your local city's police department website or find its Facebook page.
Contact Trine Gallegos at email@example.com.