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August 1, 2012

Childhood board game offers lessons for city

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• Baltic and Mediterranean: These are parts of the world that have produced many immigrants to Logansport, yet the current administration’s commitment to the Hispanic community is a curious one. No Hispanic appointments have been made to the police force, the fire department or boards or commissions. If churches can proactively incorporate the Hispanic community into Sundays, the city ought to incorporate it during the rest of the week.

• Reading Railroad: Logansport has one, and it’s a reading program that supports the most important thing we have in the city: Our children. Being able to read them a Logansport success story before they graduate from high school and leave for jobs in other communities should be a thought we all keep in mind.

Finally, many may recall “The Andy Griffith Show” episode in which Andy’s cousin and only deputy, Barney Fife, once ticketed the North Carolina governor’s car because it was improperly parked in front of the town hall. The governor came to Mayberry to pay the ticket personally and to shake Barney’s hand. He, like any other citizen, was not above any law, even an inexpensive one in a small community.

The moral of that episode is that public officials at all levels have to respect the law, even if the consequences are embarassing. If they don’t, it signals a special treatment for the elected, appointed and connected that the average person wouldn’t enjoy. If public officials can’t respect that and do what everyone else in a community does and move on, they can’t expect to be respected themselves.

Andy Griffith died last month. Let’s hope that in Logansport the moral of that episode never does.

• Dave Kitchell is a columnist for the Pharos-Tribune. He can be reached through the newspaper at ptnews@pharostribune.com.

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