Saturday, July 15, 2017

Whites only: Another Rose Festival rant and who's going to pay to renovate Harvey Hall?

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I was doing pretty good there for a while, wasn't I?  But within the past week there have been THREE feature articles in the Telegraph about the RF and I got that letter from the RF people soliciting a donation.  A donation?  So rich people can afford to have their annual debutante ball and glorify themselves?  Oh, and the letter points out that if I make a cash donation, I will be given the "privilege" of getting to purchase tickets to an event early, on a "VIP basis."  Notice it didn't say I would get "VIP tickets."  I take that to mean, if you send us some money we will let you come to our party, but you have to sit at the back with all of the other...well, you know.

What pushed me over the edge was Friday's 410-word article about how the Rose Queens and Duchesses or whatever are practicing how to walk in high heels and stand up straight and bow and stuff.  Really?  It blows my mind that there are people out there who really care.  Then, while I was face-down in the dust, the Telegraph hit me with another front-page article about it.  Hey, it's your rag, Mr. Clyde, so you can publish what you want.  But have you wondered why your circulation numbers are so low and why an attempt to set up a paywall for your online edition a couple of years ago failed so miserably?  All I can say, is hey, this "small-town newspaper" thing ain't workin' for most of us.

Don't get me wrong.  I don't think the RF should be banned or anything.  It is an elitist, "whites-only" affair and hey, people in this country have the right to assemble in elitists, whites-only groups and do whatever they choose as long as they don't hurt anybody.  I put this thing up there with the rebel flag in that it doesn't need to be whitewashed out of history, but neither does it need to be overly glorified.  And the taxpayers shouldn't have to pay one red cent to support it.  (As far as I know, we don't.  But I don't know whether the RF pays for the increased need for law enforcement presence at their events and other hidden expenses that the community incurs...)

2018 Rose Festival royalty:  What a diverse group!
(If by 'diverse', you mean one of them is fat.)

Another thing worth considering is the message the RF sends to little girls and young women:  It's not like hey, you can do great things if you work hard, study, stay off of drugs and don't get pregnant--Maybe you can be a doctor or a CEO of a company, or maybe even a member of Congress.  It's more like, sweetie, you can never be like one of us unless you are well-connected and rich.  While your family worries about a mortgage and how they are going to send you to college, our families are so wealthy they can spend $30,000 dollars a pop on frivolous crap like ridiculous-looking dresses.  But make sure your mommy and daddy buy tickets for you for our fabulous events so we can continue to fund our annual debutante ball at their expense!
This is a blog about local government and politics.  So what does the RF and the recent free advertising for it in the 'Graph have to do with any of that?  I'll tell you, Tylerites:  Your city council just voted to move ahead with a radical makeover of Harvey Hall and the Rose Complex that is projected will cost over $17 million.  Yet, plans for building a convention center--that would have likely contributed to the local economy year-round--have seemingly put on the back burner, if not removed from the stove entirely.  No sooner had the news come out about a proposed convention center than a bunch of people started wringing their hands, worrying about what was going to happen to Harvey Hall.  So, voila!  We now have a plan to build a real purddy place for the Rose Festival!  Yeah, I know there's more to it than that. like the football and baseball fields and the Rose Garden.  But no one seems to be publicly musing about whether the rebuild is going to pay for itself.  I take that to mean that there is no evidence that it will.  They also haven't talked about just who is going to fork over the $17 million.  Taxpayers?  Private donors?  I have an idea:  The Rose Festival people obviously have a lot of money.  Lease Harvey Hall to them for $1 a year for 20 years and let them pay for the project.  Let them keep the revenue generated by event fees and such, and see if they can make it work!
Okay, I'm gonna go take my blood pressure medicine now.

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