Speaking Out

071505crowd1.jpg 071505crowd2.jpgOK, I guess we can milk the Governor Mark Warner visit to Floyd for one more day by showing some of those who grilled the guv with questions about poor conditions in the county nursing home, lousy roads, pedophiles on the loose and the invasion of chain stores (among other things).

Unlike the highly-staged "town meetings" of President George W. Bush, Warner's questions were not scripted puff pieces from plants in the audience.

People wanted to know what the guv would do about things that bother them (and the county nursing home seemed to bother the most).

Yes, it was a photo op and like most photo ops it had a show biz feel to the whole thing but it also gave some plain folk a chance to speak their mind and if there is one thing we know about folks around here, they don't have any trouble doing just that. 071505crowd3.jpg

071505crowd1.jpg 071505crowd2.jpgOK, I guess we can milk the Governor Mark Warner visit to Floyd for one more day by showing some of those who grilled the guv with questions about poor conditions in the county nursing home, lousy roads, pedophiles on the loose and the invasion of chain stores (among other things).

Unlike the highly-staged "town meetings" of President George W. Bush, Warner’s questions were not scripted puff pieces from plants in the audience.

People wanted to know what the guv would do about things that bother them (and the county nursing home seemed to bother the most).

Yes, it was a photo op and like most photo ops it had a show biz feel to the whole thing but it also gave some plain folk a chance to speak their mind and if there is one thing we know about folks around here, they don’t have any trouble doing just that. 071505crowd3.jpg

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  1. One of the great differences I’ve noted between the small town and surrounding area of Floyd County – and my experiences -is ALL those white folks! Where is your diversity – and the richness of the variety that we have in CA? So many Asians – from China, Japan, Viet Nam, India to name just a few regions – the African-Americans who arrived to work in Richmond’s shipyards in WW2 and stayed to become homeowners and middle class contributors to our society. And the tremendous contributions the immigrants from Mexico, Latin and South Americans have made to our economic and cultural richness (legel or illegal folks – many who pay taxes and contribute to our Social Security system but some, because of their illegal status are unable to collect benefits on their retirement – a direct contribution to our citizens). The variety of music, art and languages they bring all enrich CA.

    So Doug, why do I visit your website daily? Because there’s a folksy side of me that harkens to those yester-years, when I lived in Big Sur. Where there were farmers, ranchers, retired folks, artists and writers – and the majority looked like me. Like Floyd, it was a close-knit community where people depended on one another in times of crisis. It’s now changed – the community’s size and it’s ethic variety has expanded – the majority of children in its public school now speak Spanish as their first language -and the school size is pushing 100 where my school’s total population 50 years ago was 28, but there are vestiges of that community I once was a part of. That I believe is what keeps me returning and making new friends there. I guess life is about our “roots;” the experiences of our youth that’s shaped our adulthood. And now at retirement age we long for the less-complicated life of our youth. Some, like you, have been able to return – and I guess I’m enjoying your journey: in phototography AND your pros – Thanks ever so much! elgee

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