Are there racists in Delta County? Sure there are. There are racists and people with prejudices everywhere. However, most people are not.
I visited with Ken Richards and his wife this past week. They are raising five children of two different nationalities, two blacks and three orientals, and they are a nice family. They've experienced racism in Delta County in the schools and in the general public and are concerned about racism in the Republican party because of the Facebook issue. Linda Sorenson in my opinion is not a racist. She just doesn't like Obama's politics. I've not seen prejudice in the Colorado Republican party. We have a state vice chair who is black, two blacks running for United States Senate in the primary, a full blooded oriental national committee man and a South American Latino immigrant national committee woman. Our state chairman and secretary are white. Does that look racist?
At our Lincoln Day Dinner on June 25, Linda invited Derrick Wilburn, the black state vice chair, to be the keynote speaker. She wholeheartedly supported that choice.
No one should be pre-judiced based on color of skin or nationality. We are all created equal, and should only be judged by our character, values and principles. Today it has gotten to the point where we can't judge a person's character or disagree with their values if they are of a minority race. If we do, we are called "racist" and "intolerant." Our freedom to express our opinions and ideas is being self-censored by the fear of being "politically incorrect." We all, as Americans, need to take a stand for the liberties we hold dear.
Delta Volunteer Fire Department (DVFD) will be holding its annual fireworks show at Confluence Park on Wednesday, July 4, having received approval from Delta City Council at the council's June 5 meeting.
The DVFD has 28 volunteers and expects to have eight to 10 firefighters from Cedaredge join them this year.