The headline “Why make history?” in the Jan. 16 paper, pushed me over the edge. We don’t make history, we don’t change history. History just happens. History is the record of what has happened. Most of those events are not very notable or interesting. My history over the past 24 hours is not worthy of being reported in The Bee, but it is history, nonetheless.
The men who climbed the Dawn Wall of El Capitan achieved a notable feat, worthy of note in The Bee and on national TV news. However, their achievement didn’t become history just because they succeeded; if they had given up on the second day, that would have been history as well.
I wish the news media would stop using the terms like “history making” and “changing history” to describe events. If this letter gets just one reporter to stop that practice for just one day, then, that would be a historical achievement!