TERRE HAUTE —
Denying parade entry was wrong
I was reading about the denial of a candidate for local office the right to march and participate in the Terre Haute Labor Day Parade. Let me first state I’m a lifelong Democrat and a retired union officer.
Although I have friends in both major parties and some who aren’t members of a union, I chose to be both because the major leaders of the Democratic Party and labor unions have been of great benefit to the middle class and workers, especially since the days of FDR.
With that being said, I was greatly ashamed and disappointed in the decision to deny a Candidate the right to participate in the parade.
We as union members should be supporting anyone’s rights whether we agree with them or not as long as they are not a party to or supporting an illegal organization.
Since I can’t see any reason for the denial, I can only assume the decision-makers were either ignorant or closet supporters of the denied candidate because without doubt he is getting vastly more coverage and recognition now than if he was allowed to walk a few blocks with his small group in the parade.
I will finish by stating that the Terre Haute Labor Day Parade we have today is the result of a meeting of a few individuals who were proud of labor’s history in the Terre Haute area and thought a parade would be a great way to express our thanks to the workers.
To drop a few names of that primary meeting it included officers of the local Building Trades Council. Dale Walden, Jimmie Strange, Bob Boyer, myself and a Local Democrat, the well-known Nick Peters. It has been several years ago and if I missed anyone, I’m sorry.
Let me close by saying that if the denied candidate ran in my area I would not vote for him, but I damn sure wouldn’t deny him any of the rights I want my friends to have.
— William E. Eyre