There were more than a thousand front-page headlines in the Rockford Register Star in 2014. Our wish list, however, was only 10. The first five “headlines we want to see” appeared Tuesday. Here’s the second set.
6. Cure for cancer has been found: Cancer is the second most common cause of death in the U.S., accounting for nearly 1 of every 4 deaths, according to the American Cancer Society. Although there is no cure yet, you’re chances of surviving some forms of cancer is greater than ever. Survival rates have improved because of early detection. Go to the doctor, get a checkup and you’re more likely to be around for many years.
7. Transform Rockford sees immediate results: It’s been a little more than a year since the public got its first taste of the Transform Rockford movement to make this community into one of the best places in the country to live. Hundreds of people have been engaged in the process. The immediate result has been a community that is beginning to believe in itself, a community that thinks it can be better than what has been portrayed in national survey after national survey.
The Register Star published eight Transform Rockford special sections this year. We’ve dealt with crime, jobs, health, transportation, quality of life, higher education and public education.
Our reporters visited other cities, we’ve examined best practices, we’ve made suggestions about how to move the community forward. We know what must be done — now we must do it.
8. Morrissey, Christiansen star in Starlight staging of “Odd Couple”: We were joking, of course, although they both do well in front of an audience. This suggested headline was our way of saying we hoped for an improved relationship between Rockford Mayor Larry Morrissey and Winnebago County Board Chairman Scott Christiansen. We wouldn’t say they’re best buds, but at least they’re talking. There are so many issues that affect the city and the county. They have to work together for the betterment of the Rockford region.
9. Pope welcomes divorced, remarried faithful to Communion: In October, a 12-page report written by a committee of bishops picked by Pope Francis, called for the church to welcome and accept gay people, unmarried couples and those who have divorced.
It’s a “preliminary document” and no church doctrine or teaching has changed, or is expected to change. The document will be discussed and debated until the next assembly of bishops in October.
The pope will ultimately set the tone for the church, but his first two years have been lessons in understanding, openness and mercy.
10. Register Star makes everyone happy: OK, you can tell we had inhaled a bit too much ink by the time we got to No. 10. Our print product is not what it used to be, but the number of people who read what’s in print, online or in social media is greater than ever. We’re delivering information in new ways and will continue to strive to improve our products for our readers no matter the medium. We look forward to 2015.