Even though we live in a world that is less reliant on real money as the days go by, there is still the concept that every coin has a flip side.

This translates to the fact that it seems like most things we hear today come with some kind of good-bad news disclaimer. For religious people, it’s kind of a concept of the Lord gives and the Lord takes away.

So, in many cases, the best way to approach life is to take every good news with a grain of salt and do the same with bad news. Honestly, it’s the best way to survive today’s things without losing your mind.

It’s like the other day when a story appeared on the Old Farmer’s Almanac highlighting the good news that the hot and extremely humid summer weather this year that we have been experiencing across the country will soon be gone. If the old farmer had stopped talking and gone to milk a cow or pick some corn at that time, it would have been good news.

But nooo…they had to flip the coin the other way and deliver the bad news that this winter they predict temperatures in some parts of the country will drop to minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit.

Sometimes you can only wince when you hear the good news, because it’s like everyone’s insightful Aunt Edna. She always gives you a compliment with a “but” followed by a negative comment about how it could be done better.

Many times it’s like riding an emotional roller coaster as you soar to the heights of the track with the good news only to hurtle down the other side into a valley with the bad.

Kind of like when the lottery jackpot hits millions of dollars and you think of the good news of “For a mere investment of $2, all that money could be mine.” Then you hear the bad news that your odds of winning are 1 in 302 million and you’re more likely to be struck by lightning – that’s when the reality of the situation hits home.

This even happens in the sports world. An example: the good news is that at this precise moment, August 28, our beloved Detroit Lions have the exact same regular season record as the Super Champ Los Angeles Rams, runners-up Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Green Bay Packers. The bad news is that the regular season doesn’t start until September 11, so everyone is 0-0.

Likewise, we recently learned the good news that my two favorite college football teams — the University of Michigan and Michigan State University — ranked high in the respective preseason polls. We’re starting to celebrate only to hear the bad news that Ohio State University’s demon team is ranked even higher in those same polls.

It’s kind of how you feel when you walk into your doctor’s office and tell him about back, neck, and knee pain and he says it’s arthritis. Then he proceeds to deliver the message: “The good news is that it’s not going to kill you”, but before a smile of relief can break out on your face, he adds “The bad news is that it will only worsen with age.”

Sometimes it seems that the world is ruled by the logic of one step forward and two steps back. For example, the other day someone told me about a new type of everyday vehicle he saw on the lot of a car dealership that had all the bells and whistles on it as well as a list price of $103,000.

The good news is that if you can afford to buy it, it would put you in the rare class of having the distinction of owning one of the few $100+ vehicles. The bad news is that the odds are good that by the time the wheels of 100 Big Gems hit the road after signing the papers and taking possession, their value will likely have shrunk to just $99,000.

Yeah, good news-bad news again, so we’re dealing with it. Isn’t that a great feeling?

As prices at the gas pump, utilities, stores and supermarkets rise at a brisk pace, many seniors are hoping for an increase in their Social Security inflation at the end of the year to offset the increases. of their meager income.

The good news is that the increase will likely not just happen, but it may be the biggest percentage increase in quite some time. The bad news is that the cost of Medicare, prescription coverage, and Medicare supplemental benefits will rise at the same rate. Most of us will never see real money again, but those who pay bills with our computers will still see it flying out the window, only it will do so digitally now.

Many people who are tired of today’s constant political wrangling will be happy to hear the good news that the 2022 midterm elections are only 71 days away. This will be the day when the television commercials and brochures in our mailboxes finally stop for this particular election.

However, the bad news is that this means campaigning for the 2024 presidential election will begin 24 hours later and continue for the next two years, so be prepared for what’s to come.

It just goes to show you that most good news comes with bad news, and we can all continue to deal with that long after I see you again on Thursday.

Ken Grabowski is the retired associate editor of the Manistee News Advocate who has spent more than several years in the newspaper business.