Acting like children
I haven’t written a letter to the newspaper before, but I think the community should know what kind of people lead the Fair and the high school district.
A booth in the vendor building is for the High School Board recall. Nice people at the booth, mostly teachers, I think. Last night two men approached the booth. one man had a hat and sunglasses and looked like he was trying to hide his identity.
They both heckled the teachers, took pictures of them and appeared to be laughing and making fun of the recall.
After they left, I went over to the booth and asked who they were and found out the one in the sunglasses is the recall Board member, Bob Davis. The other is Mr. Hughes, an AV Fair director.
These two grown men who are supposed to be leaders in the community were acting like little children.
After the fair
The days after the last day of the fair can be a sad time for many livestock exhibitors.
After exciting days of high expectations and competition exhibiting their project animals, reality sets into the young minds of nine to 19-year-olds about the finality after saying goodbye to their market animals.
Knowing in advance that the fate of market animals is pre-determined does little to reduce the feeling of loss for the handlers.
The role of Judas can be upsetting, confusing and a learning experience difficult to accept at any age.
Some of the older generation spectators around the show ring and many parents of current exhibitors handled fair animals as teenagers through 4-H and FFA programs.
For exhibitors, after looking forward to the daily purpose, interaction and training leading up to the fair and the excited crowds, and heightened interaction with peers, it all ended abruptly. The auction and award ceremonies are also finished.
Our young are resilient, but why choose this challenge?
Sure, the money is enticing. Also, there is a sense of accomplishment from the successful side of competition. Plus, there is satisfaction from providing care and training. But there is the downside. The sad consequence involving short-term grief and recovering from the loss of meaningful interaction with a show ring partner.
After a couple weeks time for the reflection and adjustment, angering sadness should level off and decisions about next year’s fair project may once again become part of the conversation
In the last seven months and from more than one source, I have read that the second leading cause of death for Am=erican young people 10-18 years old, is suicide.
Most of us are aware, issues concerning state of mind should not be trivialized but addressed with careful consideration.
My wife noticed at a Palmdale branch of our bank that all the signs and posters were in Spanish.
My wife and I were the only white persons and there was a lone African American customer. All the other customers and the entire staff were Latinos. Business was being conducted in Spanish.
At my wife’s office, everyone except her conversed in Spanish. When she went to her gym, the other gals spoke Spanish and excluded her from the conversation. These Hispanic gals were proficient in English, but chose their native tongue. The only way to describe this situation is rude, just plain rude.
I’ve worked as a seasonal vendor in several Walmarts and I also worked at Lowe’s. It was common to see supervisors speaking Spanish to their staff. Again, that’s not only rude, it’s bad for the morale of the employees who don’t speak Spanish.
Basic office jobs advertised by local governments and school districts routinely require applicants to be bilingual. This doesn’t mean speaking Polish or Norwegian. It means you must speak Spanish or you will not be hired.
No doubt I’ll be called an angry old white man, perhaps even be branded a racist or misogynist, for accurately describing the sad state of affairs in California.
I know enough Español to fashion a proper response: Adios Mexifornia. This isn’t the California we moved to almost 50 years ago. So we’re headed back to America. According to U-haul, we will have a lot of company joining our exodus from the formerly golden state that we once loved dearly.
Give Rex a break
Please give Mayor Rex Parris a break, Marlene Koenig.
He did not as you say, rush to get in front of a camera. All he knew was that an officer had been shot by a sniper and that his job is to protect the people of Lancaster.
He acted on the information he was given and that is a good thing.
A lot of people were fooled by that hoax and Mayor Parris should not be singled out.
Will we be safe?
When gun confiscation becomes the law of the land, will we be safe?
With my 34 years of experience in law enforcement, my opinion is quite the contrary.
If gun confiscation becomes the law of the land only the crooks and the police will have guns. When the citizen needs protection right now, the police will only be a few minutes away.
We do need to have laws that try to keep guns out of the hands of criminals, addicts and mentally defectives, but these laws frequently don’t work and the citizen is left with the job of protecting himself.
Despite well intended laws, the wrong people will always get guns and the citizen is left at their mercy.
Citizens who choose to protect themselves should first get instruction on the safe and legal use of firearms.
Vance G. Kirkpatrick