Editorials

Stock Show parade no place for a personal beef

THE EDITORIAL BOARD

Hundreds of horses and riders participate in the Stock Show Parade in downtown Fort Worth, Saturday, January 17, 2015.
Hundreds of horses and riders participate in the Stock Show Parade in downtown Fort Worth, Saturday, January 17, 2015. Star-Telegram

The Stock Show is a time to celebrate Fort Worth’s Cowtown traditions and to welcome 1 million visitors to share our Western heritage.

It’s a time for rodeos, livestock, horse shows, all the fun of the midway, cotton candy and laughter for tens of thousands of young exhibitors.

It is not a time for personal agendas, selfish grandstanding or any message that does not warmly greet guests.

As the 120th Stock Show begins, distractions should not take the spotlight.

Show officials weighed new state laws on guns and have set reasonable rules that are worth a try. Licensed patrons may legally carry sidearms either concealed or openly except at youth events, in bars and at the pro rodeo.

Beginning with the All-Western Parade on Saturday morning, several Confederate lineage societies and re-enactment groups are asked along with vendors to use the original National Flag of the Confederacy and not carry the “battle flag.”

Those who wish to argue guns or flags should remember they are here to support the All-Western Parade and Stock Show.

The Stock Show is not the place to show off or promote a personal beef. The Stock Show is solely for welcoming guests and showcasing our legacy of the West and Fort Worth.

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