Patricia McCaffrey: Women not represented on Centennial poster
To the editor:
I was surprised, or rather shocked and appalled, at the poster for Craig's Centennial.
From the illustration on the poster, it is obvious that several areas of Craig's historical importance were ignored or not portrayed.
Foremost, the contributions of women, the children in our community and the sheep industry aren't represented on the poster at all.
I suppose that sheep can probably be overlooked because they aren't the largest agriculture contributor at this time, and children grow up to be adults, but forgetting the contributions of women to the city of Craig is disgraceful, disrespectable and unforgiving.
I am thrilled beyond belief to know our mayor thinks this is a good poster. So does that mean he doesn't feel the contributions of women are significant enough to be on the poster? That would be out of character for Mayor Don Jones, and I doubt he personally feels women in our community are insignificant.
If anyone has doubts about the role of women in Craig, they just need to walk into our museum and see the information about women in Craig and their relative importance to the history of our area.
Of course, it is much too late to change the poster, but I am truly saddened at the lack of acknowledgement of women who played such an integral role in the first 100 years of Craig's history, and hopefully women won't be overlooked at the celebration of Craig's sesquicentennial.
I will leave the blowing up of balloons to the men; it would be a good use of all that hot air as they try to explain this charade and failure to give credit when credit is due.