Celebrating pioneers

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  • prelax Murray, UT
    July 24, 2013 11:00 p.m.

    The Morman pioneers have a right to a day that celebrates their heritage.

    Mexicans have Cinco de Mayo, we have the week long Greek festival, Swiss days in Midway.

  • ijw Holladay, UT
    July 24, 2013 1:22 p.m.

    I respect the opinions from the comments above. However, I have to agree with the editorial. I really enjoy seeing the variety of cultures, peoples, etc. that have contributed to our state represented in the Days of 47 celebration. And it is true, the Mormon pioneers were not the first ones here. All of my ancestors were Mormon pioneers and I feel that it is a credit to them that they worked with others to settle and improve this area. And, I certainly hope that "pioneer spirit" is still alive and well in Utah and all the world for that matter. And yes there should be special recognition for those pioneers who settled this valley and I have seen that every year. I am glad that we are including not excluding others. That is part of the pioneer spirit that my ancestors passed on to me.

  • Gildas LOGAN, UT
    July 24, 2013 6:58 a.m.

    If the Pioneer Day parade is not about the pioneers (and for as long as I have seen it only a small part of it ever was) I wish we could have a day to celebrate the actual pioneers and their achievements.

    If it is to be diluted or generalized further then who ARE the new pioneers? When looking for new "pioneers" has been promoted I've noticed a lack of any real ideas on the subject. There's always someone to say that teachers are "pioneers" although there seems to be a difficulty lauding teaching methods today when the results seem to be greater levels of illiteracy and innumeracy.

    If this is not going to become "just another parade" then some thought needs to be exercised. If we are afraid of being different than the rest of the nation I'd prefer just forgetting the whole thing. I understand the need to "include" everybody but I have grown to ignore the parade more and more to the extent it has less distinctiveness and more of a tendency reflect the spirit of police bikes and politicians.

  • SLars Provo, UT
    July 24, 2013 2:12 a.m.

    I disagree. We celebrate the Days of '47 for the pioneers. Those coming here in the last decade, and this decade do not qualify.