I disagree. We celebrate the Days of '47 for the pioneers. Those coming
here in the last decade, and this decade do not qualify.
If the Pioneer Day parade is not about the pioneers (and for as long as I have
seen it only a small part of it ever was) I wish we could have a day to
celebrate the actual pioneers and their achievements.If it is to be
diluted or generalized further then who ARE the new pioneers? When looking for
new "pioneers" has been promoted I've noticed a lack of any real
ideas on the subject. There's always someone to say that teachers are
"pioneers" although there seems to be a difficulty lauding teaching
methods today when the results seem to be greater levels of illiteracy and
innumeracy.If this is not going to become "just another
parade" then some thought needs to be exercised. If we are afraid of being
different than the rest of the nation I'd prefer just forgetting the whole
thing. I understand the need to "include" everybody but I have grown to
ignore the parade more and more to the extent it has less distinctiveness and
more of a tendency reflect the spirit of police bikes and politicians.
I respect the opinions from the comments above. However, I have to agree with
the editorial. I really enjoy seeing the variety of cultures, peoples, etc.
that have contributed to our state represented in the Days of 47 celebration.
And it is true, the Mormon pioneers were not the first ones here. All of my
ancestors were Mormon pioneers and I feel that it is a credit to them that they
worked with others to settle and improve this area. And, I certainly hope that
"pioneer spirit" is still alive and well in Utah and all the world for
that matter. And yes there should be special recognition for those pioneers who
settled this valley and I have seen that every year. I am glad that we are
including not excluding others. That is part of the pioneer spirit that my
ancestors passed on to me.
The Morman pioneers have a right to a day that celebrates their heritage. Mexicans have Cinco de Mayo, we have the week long Greek festival, Swiss
days in Midway.