Letters to the Editor

Letter: Enjoy the fair, but not Ted Nugent

Ted Nugent performs during the Sonic Baptizm Tour at Atlanta Symphony Hall on Sunday, July 24, 2016, in Atlanta. (Photo by Robb Cohen/Invision/AP)
Ted Nugent performs during the Sonic Baptizm Tour at Atlanta Symphony Hall on Sunday, July 24, 2016, in Atlanta. (Photo by Robb Cohen/Invision/AP)

To the Editor:

I learned that Ted Nugent was booked to perform at this year’s McHenry County Fair, because he was an “iconic musician.” For some, that may be, and I don’t fault them for their opinion. To seal the deal, “a contract has been signed.”

Surely, as part of this decision, consideration was given to the baggage other than amps and guitars that also would be brought to the fairground’s center stage. Nugent has captured public attention with his hateful diatribes toward Barack Obama, gun law advocates and immigrants, as well as those of us who have reservations about such a divisive person being the star at a family-centered venue. … We were dubbed “scumbags.”

These are a mere few of the many he has dismissed and disparaged.

I would suggest Nugent honor his contract. I also suggest that we focus our energies on the kids who have spent countless months raising their animals so that they might be able to display the results of their efforts for all of us to appreciate.

I would suggest that we shake the hands of first responders on a day that is set aside to honor their sacrifice for all of us. I would suggest we greet the entrepreneurs advertising their businesses that help to make our county thrive.

I would suggest we imbibe in the delicious goodies offered throughout the grounds. I would suggest, too, that a ride or two to get the blood circulating might be on the to-do list.

Certainly, we all can stay busy and happy and away from toxic. After all, there is nothing louder than silence from empty bleachers.

Joan Skiba

McHenry

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