Now that the official gala is over, I will express my personal concerns. As most will attest, we tend to criticize things from our own world view.
It has been about 30 years since Yvonne Jones, then director of the historic Barnett Child Care Center, brought the Juneteenth celebration to Huntington and primarily the state of West Virginia. She developed it as an annual fundraiser to support the children’s programs offered by the center.
The early days included street parades with floats, period clothing, a grand marshal, amateur and professional entertainment, etc. People have come from as far as the Eastern Panhandle to join us. Local businesses and organizations provided sponsorships and the community support was enthusiastic. Most importantly, we have been made aware of the importance of June 19, 1865 to the state of Texas. Just recently, the day was sanctioned by our lawmakers as a federal holiday.
To be clear, I am not claiming to speak for anyone other than myself. And I think Juneteenth’s corporate celebration is appropriate. But I’m not as moved by Juneteenth’s legislative declaration as a federal holiday as most seem to be.
I am sure very few of my neighbors agree with me. But I find it troubling that our lawmakers cannot muster the courage to unilaterally protect the voting rights of their disenfranchised voters, but that they can unite to celebrate a “two-year delay” in announcing the vote. the liberation of the ancestors of these same citizens deprived of their rights. It is as if they are saying, “Take this symbolic expression, black people, and be happy.” “
In my opinion, the most appropriate holiday should be in recognition of the ratification of the Emancipation Proclamation. Aside from the valuable educational component and the importance of a healthy community gathering, September 22, 1862 and January 1, 1863 had more important national implications than the well-deserved celebration of state experience. After all, neither was absolute in bringing about the end of slavery.
Ocasio-Cortez should help his grandmother in Puerto Rico
Why isn’t Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez helping her grandmother? Ocasio-Cortez recently visited his grandmother in Puerto Rico. Ocasio-Cortez’s grandmother has a hurricane-damaged roof and needs help. Ocasio-Cortez’s solution was to blame former President Trump for his grandmother’s problems.
Ocasio-Cortez is a young congresswoman who earns nearly $ 175,000 a year. She has two apartments and recently bought a Tesla vehicle. She has neither husband nor children. Still, she doesn’t seem to feel responsible for helping her grandmother. Matt Walsh, an artist, raised over $ 100,000 for Ocasio-Cortez’s grandmother and yet Ocasio-Cortez refused this help. Why is it?
Ocasio-Cortez is a socialist. Socialists believe the government should be held responsible for the well-being of citizens from birth to death. Socialist governments will tax the rich until their wealth is exhausted or they flee to another country where their wealth is protected from heavy taxation. Once the rich have no more wealth to tax, they start to heavily tax the middle class until there is no more middle class. These socialist countries soon find themselves with two classes of people: the rich class, which consists of politicians and their mad associates, and the poor class, which is the rest of the citizens, who have no hope of a better life. .
The United States, on the other hand, has a form of capitalist government that allows its citizens to keep most of their money. Millionaires can use their money to build industry and businesses that need workers. These workers can move from the poor class to the middle class.
Ocasio-Cortez, instead of waiting for the United States government or the corrupt Puerto Rican government to deal with his grandmother, should step in and help his grandmother.
County commission erred by not selling airport to Bailey
In a recent meeting, Cabell County Commissioners Jim Morgan and Nancy Cartmill did not give Carl Bailey the opportunity to purchase the Newlon Airpark. With the advent of the Marshall University aviation program, this is a major mistake. The possibility of landing on grassy terrain would be something that would benefit student pilots. I know that during my days as a student pilot, taking off and landing a Bellanca Decathalon from a grass field was the highlight of my months.
Without the aeropark, what is there to see going up Route 2? The Greenbrier Pool is only open in the summer and the baseball field is only used in the spring. There will always be youth soccer on the Greenbrier fields, but not much else. I myself will never vote for Morgan and Cartmill.