On behalf of the city of Whitehall, I want to thank Whitehall residents and visitors who attended this year's fireworks display held on Tuesday, July 3, in John Bishop Park.

Thanks for celebrating the Fourth with us in Whitehall

To the editor:

On behalf of the city of Whitehall, I want to thank Whitehall residents and visitors who attended this year's fireworks display held on Tuesday, July 3, in John Bishop Park. I would also like to personally thank the many volunteers from the WCCA who worked tirelessly in record heat to put together a wonderful festival.

This year's event was an overwhelming success, providing a safe and family-friendly environment. The 25-minute firework display was one of the longest ever in Whitehall and was truly beautiful to watch. I hope that you and your family had a chance to join us in the park.

Thanks again to Whitehall residents and visitors who came out to celebrate with the city and for helping keep families safe, happy and entertained.

Kim Maggard
Whitehall Mayor

Facebook comment about Whitehall pageants is 'deplorable'

To the editor:

I was born and raised in Whitehall, though I now live in Mansfield. I keep in close contact with my friends who still live in Whitehall via Facebook. As my family was always very involved in the city's activities for the Fourth of July and both my parents are past Citizens of the Year for Whitehall, I am always interested in the traditional activities WCCA puts on for this great holiday.

I was unable to attend the festivities this year but have been very entertained by the updates posted by my friends on their Facebook pages. I would say that 99 percent of the comments posted this year have been positive; however, there was one negative comment that I feel needs to be brought to the attention of the citizens and city officials. The comment was about the children who participated in the Young Miss Whitehall and Miss Whitehall pageants this year. The commenter said, "After spending the morning in Whitehall and seeing approximately 15 parade floats honoring pageant winners, the question is: How exactly does one win Miss Whitehall/Young Miss Whitehall? Does having all your teeth plus no criminal record get you the top crown? Or is it a no tattoo/normal BMI upset? I need answers."

This comment is outrageous. This comment would be bad coming from anyone, but to make it even worse, the commenter lists her occupation on Facebook as "K to 5 Teacher for a Private School."

For a teacher to degrade young girls whom she knows nothing about is deplorable.

She knows nothing about those girls, their families, the pageants or how the pageant winners are chosen. Those girls are judged on their poise, their confidence and their abilities. They practice their talents for weeks before the pageants, and the majority of their scores are for the talent and the interview portions of the programs. All of the judges are from out of town and do not know any of the families participating in the pageants. For her to see girls in a parade and make such a comment is disgusting, and I hope she realizes her mistake and apologizes to those girls.

Congratulations to all the pageant and talent show participants in Whitehall. They make this Whitehall alumna proud to call Whitehall my home town.

Michele McCray-DeSanto
Mansfield