Below is an excerpt from Beth's editorial from this week. The entire editorial may be found in this week's print copy of the Weston Chronicle or online here.
What a week!
West Platte’s Graduation didn’t go at all as planned. The Seniors were in shock and just wanted to leave, but then they thought about what it meant to their parents and other relatives from near or far to see them graduate. It wasn’t the same as usual, but they were honored by the school and the people who could watch them from the stands and by video.
It was a brave and selfless move on their parts. Congratulations to a great group of graduates.
Then the next night, the Weston Park Board made some changes. In the future, one of the changes they could make would be to have an actual agenda posted at City Hall and sent out to anyone requesting it. What has passed for a notice is not really substantive enough to pass muster. The public is supposed to be able to tell what is going to be brought up and especially voted upon.
A little bit of organization would be an improvement. You should at least know how long your terms are and when to have elections. Jennifer, it wasn’t clear how long your term will be as president, but you certainly have your hands full.
Sunday, there was supposed to be a gathering to hear speakers talk about the need for equality and freedom, especially for blacksand Hispanic members of the population. The event had started out as a rally to support Black Lives Matter, but after some pushback, it was changed to “Walk With Weston.
Part of it was a short march was planned from O’Malley’s to the City Park because the insurance costs required by the city to walk down Main Street were too high. Then, they were told there would be a group of guys calling themselves Patriots stationed in the park, as they said, protect the marchers.
All in all, a lot of people were frightened, there have been apologies all around, misunderstandings abound and the event was cancelled.
Everyone needs to take a hard look at their parts in this and remember the old adage - If you want to soar like an eagle, don’t fly with turkeys.