This week was Crawford County Student Government Day. This was a wonderful opportunity for students to get a chance to see many different aspects of the local government and tour local facilities. This year the Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer, M.D., took the time from his busy schedule to address the local students. Local government officials, including a fire chief, made it as well. A heartfelt “Thank you” to them!
I would like to know who thought it was appropriate for a non-governmental official, a “walking guru” to speak to the students? If the gentleman had stuck to his talking points of “exercising more” and “spending more time outside,” I would not be quite as upset. Instead, Mr. Mark enton decried our local “lack of walking paths,” declared that their generation would have “shorter life expectancies” and that the “older people ‘hosed them.’” The “walking guru” stated that the students should “demand” walking paths and should “vote for commissioners who support such.” This is highly inappropriate, and completely the wrong forum for such a speech.
I would also like to point out: When Mr. Fenton asked “How many you you guys actually exercised for an hour a day?” 75 percent of the students raised their hands. An astounded speaker was momentarily flustered and stuttered over his next statement.
Mr. Fenton is a visitor. A guest. He is not a politician, nor a resident of the area. Keep to what you know. Stay out of our politics.
Robert F. Murphy