We live in a very cynical world.  It’s not pretty, but it is what it is.  Quite often, it’s violent and ugly and hateful.  
Still, there are people who weather the storm.  These are the people who do their best to do the right thing.
In the course of my work week, I am fortunate enough to encounter people who really stand out in the best way.  They are the ones who are doing their part to make the world a better place.  
There’s Monica Barton in Belle Plaine who stepped up to donate her time to help the St Jude’s Children’s Network.  St Jude’s helped her daughter several years ago when it was found she had cancer.  Thanks to St Jude’s, her daughter is still alive today.  
The radiothon Monica assisted with on KFDI this past week was very successful.  Thanks to the donations that came in, more people like Monica’s daughter will have the care they so desperately need.  
With her music, Emily Anderson wants people to “know they are not alone and they should not be afraid to tell their stories.”  She is originally from Milan, here in Sumner County, but now lives in Winfield.  She has a love for her music that she works hard to share with the world.  
She goes to venues like College Hill Coffee in Winfield so she can engage with people.  There are plenty of people just like Monica and Emily who try to do what they can to make this world a better place.  They are the ones who put themselves out there and engage people.  Whether it is asking people to give their time or money, or to connect with the music they write, these are the people who stand out in this world.  
There are plenty of people like Monica and Emily in Wellington and Sumner County.  After four months on this job, I have barely scratched the surface of telling the stories of the best and the brightest in Sumner County.  Too often they get drowned out by the noise in the weekly news cycle.  Despite the noise, I want more than ever to talk to the best and the brightest.  These are the people we should be pointing to as exemplifying what Sumner County is all about.  
My email is acatlin@wellingtondailynews.com.  If you email me, I would love to read your stories.  As much as possible, I would love to contact you and let people see what is likely right in front of them.  These are the people who go about their lives and make the best kind of difference in Sumner County.  
"Some men see things as they are and say why? I dream things that never were and say why not? "
Let’s tell those stories today.