The Good News: Week of Nov. 9


In these days, we are all in desperate need of some good news. So, join WSPN’s Alyssa Dickstein as she shines light on one piece of cheerful news every week.

All-day long, we are accosted by negative headlines. In a world where stories like these are the epicenter of our lives, maintaining a positive outlook on life can be hard. If negative headlines are the only ones we hear about, it can be hard to find good news to counteract the bad. This is why, every week, WSPN shines light on one good news story through its column “The Good News.” So, without further adieu, here is a current event that, indisputably, qualifies as good news.

Kentucky, United States — The people of this small, northern Kentucky town have just elected their new mayor, a french bulldog named Wilbur. Why is this good news? Well, stories about cute, animal mayors are sure to bring a smile to any reader’s face.

According to this Nov. 6 CNN article, the town of Rabbit Hash has been electing dogs as mayors for the last 32 years. Starting in 1988, Rabbit Hash started its charity dog-election in order to raise money for the upkeep of the town and other worthwhile causes. Each owner who enters a candidate dog in the race creates a platform for their pet. Wilbur ran for office by successfully campaigning for breast cancer and mental health awareness. The town raises the money to support these causes through the election. It costs $1 to vote, and this year the small town was able to raise tens of thousands of dollars – the highest voter turnout it has ever seen.