Parker 425

Well, we did it again. Another Parker 425 is in the books. For that matter, so is another Parker 250. Every year, our community comes together and we host one of the biggest and most prestigious off-road events in the nation.

Just consider all the government and private entities that are involved in this. These events show a level of intergovernmental cooperation that is nothing short of amazing.

We’ve been doing this for a long time, so it could be everyone just knows what their job is and goes ahead and does it. We’re a better community for all this cooperation on a special event that benefits everyone. Maybe they can cooperate on other things as well.

It looks like Ronald Reagan was right when he said there were no limits as to what could be done as long as no one cared who got the credit.

Special thanks to Best in the Desert, the BlueWater Resort & Casino, the Town of Parker, La Paz County, the Colorado River Indian Tribes and the Bureau of Land Management.

It was a great job by everyone involved. Let’s do it again next year.

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A follow-up to last week’s editorial on how the banks and the Federal Housing Administration used guaranteed home mortgages to enforced housing segregation.

Do you want to know what is perhaps the saddest part of all this? White and black Americans don’t know each other. They see each other as the “other.” That’s how prejudice, suspicion, animosity and malice are allowed to grow and fester.

How can we become one nation when two large groups of people don’t know each other, and suspect the worst of each other? The answer is we can’t.

Andy Griffith said the greatest disappointment he had with his television show in the 1960s was the network would not allow him to have regular characters who were black. Griffith was a Southerner and a Christian. He could see what was happening with race relations in America at the time. He knew that whites and blacks could get along, but only if they got to know each other on a personal level.

Fred Rogers understood this as well. That’s why he introduced a regular character on “Mister Rogers Neighborhood” who was black. He was a letter carrier, and he and Mr. Rogers were good friends.

The sad fact is white and black Americans have been deliberately kept apart for generations. As a result, they don’t know each other. As Abraham Lincoln once said, “A house divided against itself cannot stand.”

I’m afraid we’ll be paying the price for this deliberate segregation of the races for many years to come.

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