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Your Opinion: Letters from readers

Ruling this year could shrink ’08’s county fair parade

I love a parade! That is why I’m afraid that next year’s annual fair parade will be greatly diminished due to the unfortunate decision by Steve Tornes and the fair board to bar Neighbors for Clean Air. The event has historically been open for everyone to line up, march, and have a good time.

The 2008 parade may be mighty short if the reasoning used by the fair board to exclude Neighbors for Clean Air is applied to all groups and individuals.

The fair board has a problem with groups that may be deemed controversial or have an opinion to express. Many civic organizations have opinions on how to improve the community, church denominations have creeds, and political parties have platform statements. Even the Boy Scouts have stirred up controversy at times. Guess those groups will be given the thumbs down.

The fair board said Neighbors for Clean Air had a message of “protest.” The Right to Life group protests United States law, so they will have to stay at home.

It was suggested by Tornes that the Neighbors for Clean Air “could be handing out pornography.” Is the fair board also suspicious of our dedicated firefighters on those big red trucks? What about the dapper drivers in the antique cars? Could they be handing out foul literature instead of candy?

Tornes stated that Neighbors for Clean Air has “never done anything for us.” Are there other parade participants who failed to “do anything” for the fair board? The county’s young, talented board members surely do not have the deep pockets of Eramet. Lacking a big contribution from bands, will the musicians be denied and the streets turn silent for the festivities?

With new registration policies regulating messages, perceived protests and contributions status of marchers who will be left? Perhaps only Tornes and the other members of the fair board will be lined up for the parade next year. The fair board should take a deep breath and re-think the situation. Frankly, Mr. Tornes, I think you protest too much!

Debra Miller


Sept. 11 should be a day for remembering victims

Why do we go to school on Sept. 11? I know you can’t possibly answer that question, but it’s true.

We have all of these other holidays off because of what people have done. Here we have hundreds of people who died trying to save hundreds of more people. I just don’t think it’s right.

Sept. 11 just didn’t affect New York, it affected the whole country. It’s like our body. If one part of our body gets hurt, it affects our whole body. If one state gets attacked, our whole country suffers. Even though I didn’t have anyone there, it still affected me a lot.

Just imagine how you would feel if you had a family member who died. Just imagine.

Stella Bargeloh





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