How about some good news?

Published Nov 17, 2017 at 4:00pm

In this world where bad news spreads quickly, it’s easy to feel discouraged. Our social media platforms are filled with the latest tragedies, including mass shootings, and they seem to be happening with more frequency.

The country is divided politically, the world is in a state of unrest.

The opioid epidemic is spreading.

Homeless people still stand on corners, hot, desperate and thirsty, and those of us who drive by them wage an internal battle about how best to help them. But the human condition is still filled with heart and generosity and a desire to help others, as a trio of stories in last Tuesday’s Daily News demonstrated.

A pawn shop manager in Killeen, Texas, when faced with a choice between throwing away a class ring and tracking down its owner, did the latter. Gary Ferwatka of Top Loan Pawn said someone had tried to pawn the ring, but it had no gold in it, hence no financial value.

But he checked it anyway and found a name inscribed inside the Niceville High School ring from 1996. A few Facebook conversations later and the ring was on its way back to the man who lost it at a church his senior year.

The original owner said the stranger’s kindness gave him hope that people still care about each other. And Ferwatka said that the world is already a dark enough place. That he felt it was important to do his part to make it better.

That same weekend, a pair of boat captains out of Destin, Fla., stopped to help some divers who had drifted far from their boat. One of the captains was on his way in to weigh some big catches at the Destin Fishing Rodeo.

But he stopped to help, risking missing the weigh-in, and then called a friend for back-up. Robert Hill’s crew and passengers recorded some impressive catches that day. But saving two strangers who were lost more than 20 miles from shore was certainly their biggest catch of all.

And finally, 30 divers gathered near a Florida jetty to pull more than 200 pounds of trash from the water. There is no shortage of litter in this world.

Thank goodness there are people willing to pick up trash, their own and others. It’s a thankless job. Most of us will never notice what’s missing although we may notice the trash that will sweep into to replace that collected. So, as you start your day, think of these folks who, in their own small ways, are among those making a difference. Let them inspire us to do more of the same.