Disheartened by parade

To the Times of Ti: After reading the article in the Times of Ti with regard to the July 4th parade I came away disheartened by the float judging. The article shows the float prepared by Moses-Ludington hospital as winning first place and just by coincidence Moses-Ludington employee Carol Johnson served as grand marshall for the parade! The hospital float, while very nicely decorated, was constructed using employees of the hospital and the materials were furnished and funded by the hospital! The floats of many of the volunteer organizations were made by volunteers using donated materials and a labor of love for what they were doing. These volunteer organizations were not participating to win who had the best float but rather to show community spirit. For the judges to pick a winner for the best float they should have made a distinction between those made by volunteers with no budgets and those made by companies using paid help. Choosing a float entered by the hospital as the winner showed a lack of taste with political overtones when you consider where the grand marshall worked! Perhaps next year those in charge will take into consideration the factors I have outlined here and give credit accordingly. Gary P. Guido Ticonderoga

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