La Veta’s new School, new mascot?
Congratulations to all in La Veta who worked diligently for the proposed new school. Needed now is new thinking about the school mascot that will bring us into the 21st century.
Past arguments in favor of keeping the racist redskin label is that the mascot is part of La Veta’s historical tradition. Having been born and raised in the area, I am familiar with La Veta’s reputation for 19th century thinking on issues of race. Why insist on this backward tradition when our own students have voiced changing the mascot?
Defenders of the redskin epithet know that it honors no one. Proper honoring of Native people instead could include naming the new school after a Ute, Cheyenne, or Arapaho who fought bravely to resist extermination and theft of their lands. Another way to honor them is to reform the school curriculum to teach an historically accurate account of the fate and current conditions of Native peoples in our state.
Continuing use of this racist label perpetuates the harm done to students, like mine, whose ancestors were the targets of this racism and calls for extermination. Let’s treat Native folks as people, not caricatures.
Good schools are the heartbeat of a community and a better future. What better opportunity is there than now to modernize the backward thinking about a racist mascot that so visibly confronts our children and community on a daily basis?
~ Norberto Valdez,
La Veta, CO
January jobs report
Due to the recent criticism in recent letters to the Editor I feel it necessary to present some facts. Here is a recap of the January Jobs Report…
• Last week’s strong jobs report showed 225,000 jobs were added in January, surging past expectations.
• This includes 44,000 construction jobs and 28,000 transportation and warehousing jobs.
• Since the President was elected, 7.1 million jobs have been created.
• Workers are coming off the sidelines and reentering the labor force
• In January, the unemployment rate remained at a near generational low of 3.6%.
• January marked the 23rd consecutive month that the unemployment rate has been at or below 4%.
• All Americans continue to thrive in the Trump economy.
• African American unemployment remained at a near record low of 6%.
• The Hispanic American unemployment rate remained at a near record low of 4.3%.
• The Asian American unemployment rate was at 3%.
• The unemployment rate for women remained at near generational lows of 3.5%.
• Wage growth once again reached 3%. For 23 consecutive months, wage growth has been near or above 3%.
President Trump is undoubtedly delivering on his promises to revitalize the American economy!
The 2020 Democrats are not talking about the robust economy because they cannot deny “Our” success and the proposals that the 2020 Democrats are offering would halt the greatest American comeback orchestrated under President Donald J. Trump.
Las Animas County Republican Chairman