Letters to the editor
TBO.comCounty fair disrespect
Published: March 1, 2012
Published: March 1, 2012
I understand that the Highlands County Fair's basic creed is to support 4-H and their efforts, and this is done in an outstanding manner. But let's look at what else they do.
Those running this fair organization showed a total disregard and disrespect for those displaying their arts and crafts. I saw blue ribbon items stacked on a table four and five deep so you could only view the item on top and not the other blue ribbon winners underneath.
I saw quilts that were folded in half (half hazardously I might add) and hung over a three bar, tiered, rack that at best gave you a view of one-third to one-half of the quilt if you were lucky. Two blue and Best in Show Ribbon quilts were displayed in this manner. I could go on about the way other items were displayed, but if you visited this area of the fair you understand what I am saying.
In the meantime, those commercial and governmental agencies that wanted people to see what they were all about had nice large individual spaces in a large building. Is this fair about Highlands County individuals and their efforts or is it about those services available to county individuals or anyone else for that matter? Who should have the priority for display space?
My quilt was one that won both a blue and Best in Show ribbon. It took me over a month to make and was my very first effort to make a quilt. The other double winner was one that was hand quilted, as mine was. I bet if you were to ask how they felt you would find they are also feeling their efforts were displayed in a disrespectful manner. Hand quilting is quite time consuming and requires a lot of effort and talent.
I would be willing to pass along many ideas I have on how homemade crafts could be displayed a whole lot better without bad feeling being a result.
Can global powers and a free democracy coexist?
We cannot coexist with global powers; they have destroyed the working class worldwide. It has also destroyed the sovereignty of all nations. They promote "open" borders worldwide. No nation's economy can withstand the unfair trade deals they create. They have created world financial collapse.
The United States working class has been destroyed by the "offshoring" of all our jobs by global powers. The lack of control of America's energy corporations has been one of the contributors to America's financial collapse: the high cost of fuel where American refineries sell gasoline on the world market to the highest bidder.
They have ignored the fact that everything that is under the ground belongs to the American public. The people we elect to protect the public interest are failing to do their jobs. It is not in the public's interest to sell our refined gasoline on the open market to the point of collapsing our financial markets.
It does no good to spend trillions of dollars on placing troops around the world and then allow American corporations and global powers to destroy us from within. The global powers have bankrupted all of our financial institutions, American building and real estate markets have been destroyed completely.
Without jobs, millions of American's have lost their homes, for without jobs, property tax and mortgages cannot be paid.
The American voting system is one where all public officials have been bought and paid for by global powers. The American people must hold all public servants accountable for this financial problem where global powers control our trading laws and our people are held captive to a monster called global power.
The American government should freeze all global powers' assets located in these United States. They have violated the property and voting rights of all Americans. Do we have a democracy where all people are equal?
Global powers are in the driver's seat of the American government, a nation that is supposed to be the shining light of freedom, where all people are equal under our constitution.
Billie E. Jewett