Originally Published: December 6, 2018 8:30 p.m.
Updated as of Friday, December 7, 2018 11:26 AM
The Friday Catchall:
• STRINGER — I have found this to be an interesting week — the condemnation by many community and political leaders of Rep. David Stringer’s remarks, Humboldt schools banning him from the HUSD campuses, and the NAACP reportedly boycotting Prescott as a result.
Click below for the full audio of Stringer's comments.
Many people have called and written in to defend Stringer, ranging from some stating they don’t see his comments as being racist to them being happy he is their representative.
I see this a different way. There are times when we hear from school board candidates who want to fix the nation’s abortion problems and think city road funds should go toward school repairs. Neither is within the purview, call it power of a school board member and those funds belong to separate entities.
Stringer’s job is as a state lawmaker. Similarly it is not within his power or, frankly, should it be his concern whether African-Americans assimilate. Also immigration is a federal issue.
No surprise then some people who voted for him like what he says … things they’re thinking but do not say or don’t have the stage to say it from.
But this is not his job.
Despite that one reader, “David,” questions why so many people “are all stumbling over themselves to see who can be more politically correct in their condemnation of state representative David Stringer for daring to say the obvious — that there is an immediately recognizable difference in appearance between blacks and whites, and that there is a monetary cost associated with teaching non-English speakers in the public school systems.
“… Perhaps these public figures that want to always exude political correctness, should try tending to their own jobs, and actually do things that serve the public good, rather than to spend their time butting their noses into an area that is not in their jurisdiction, and which they should not be spouting off about, without even knowing what they are talking about.”
Actually, that proves my point.
Further, my legislative sources tell me the problem is Stringer has offended so many people over the years his colleagues do not want to work with him. It will be impossible for him to be an effective legislator for District 1.
That’s what matters here, folks.
It truly is time for Stringer to resign his seat in the state House of Representatives.
• WHY RESIGN? — A Courier reader named “William” said it this way:
“Unless someone would offer Mr. Stringer a new job at equal or better salary and benefits, why would he resign and remove a primary income source? And the fact that he beat his competitors in the November election by almost twice as many votes, there is really no incentive for him to resign.
“If people did not like his politics, he would never have been re-elected, so I think he is just going to weather the storm of protest and expect in (several) weeks, this will no longer be a news story; well, until he puts his foot in his mouth again!”
Unfortunately, Stringer still refuses to comment or explain himself, and the fact that he was re-elected by so many votes can be attributed to name recognition or party affiliation alone.
• CHRISTMAS CONTEST — Visit CourierContest.com for details on the Courier Cares Christmas Lighting Contest. It’s free, you don’t have to be a subscriber, and you could win $1,500. Deadline to enter is noon Wednesday, Dec. 12.
• HAPPY TRAILS — Prescott radio listeners lost Ken Byers this week to cancer. At age 62 and of KPPV/KQNA fame, he served the community for 17 years.
I remember him from when we did the On The Air With The Daily Courier radio show for about three years, as well as live election night TV shows on the Access Channel. He was a good friend and colleague.
A memorial service for Ken is scheduled for 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, at Heights Church, 2121 Larry Caldwell Drive, Prescott. I am told all are welcome to attend and celebrate Ken’s life.
• PICK OF THE WEEK — (Proving there’s always something good to do in the Prescott area that’s cheap or free): Acker Night is Friday, Dec. 7, beginning at 5:30 p.m. downtown. For a full program containing the list of performers and their locations, visit www.ackernight.com or the Prescott Chamber of Commerce, 117 W. Goodwin St.
It is magical!
Tim Wiederaenders is the senior news editor for The Daily Courier and Prescott News Network. Follow him on Twitter @TWieds_editor. Reach him at 928-445-3333, ext. 2032, or email@example.com.