Sent this to the local newspaper, The Inyo Register:
On Saturday May 28th, my wife and I plunked down $30 for two Mule Days Main Arena bleacher seats.
We were looking forward to seeing the Team Pack Scramble . . . but then the event announcer started talking.
First, let me say that as a veteran, I avoid Memorial Day events. To me they are often celebrated by politicians who attempt to wrap themselves with an American flag or by speakers who never wore a military uniform yet who speak as if they led the charge off the beach.
Unfortunately, the speaker at the Mule Days Main arena didn’t disappoint.
He started the event by describing the mountains as “The government says they own them. We’d like to think we own them. They belong to god.”
This was followed by a short prayer to “our savior Jesus Christ,” admiration for all the “true Americans” attending Mule Days, and then lavish praise for California’s 8th Congressional District Representative Paul Cook who gave a short speech.
The speaker also said that Mule Days was trying to become more international this year. Really?
Has the speaker taken a look at this year’s Mule Days audience? Besides those who may have been of the Jewish faith, I saw a fair number of visitors from Asia whose savior may not be Jesus.
Finally, I didn’t know my $30 was going towards supporting local politician Paul Cook’s re-election this November. Were the other candidates in the 8th Congressional District invited speak at Mule Days?
Let’s keep religion and politics out of Mule Days.