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Rodeo Parade Concern
Wednesday, July 16, 2008 • Posted July 16, 2008

Dear Editor,

It pains me to write this letter.

This week Mason showed off with some of its best for our 150th birthday at Round-up. Our community gathered at the town square in all its diversity and uniqueness of individuals to say, “This is who we are”, people living and working together, celebrating this day the opportunity of fellowship in fun and games, enjoying this moment and this particular spot in the world, remembering our history, yet looking forward to the uncertainties of future, secure in the thought that, if those who came before us triumphed over hardship and privations, we can, and we will, do as much, or more, to maintain and build on the ethics that have served so well.

However, this year’s event, as in the last several years, was sullied by some individuals who chose to boo as the parade passed by. This rude behavior just doesn’t fit our town, our community. A public display at a venue like this promotes divisiveness, perpetrates hatreds, and sets a poor example for our youth, our children.

Freedom of speech is one of our most cherished rights in this nation. Certainly there should be no statute restricting opinions. But, with freedom comes responsibility, and, in this instance,higher laws of decency, civilty, and tolerance should prevail. Those folks who stood on the sidelines, choosing that inappropriate moment to lash out with insult and derision, are so much the poorer for it. They obviously missed the real message of the day. Community.

Dorrett Townsend

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