I read the column Friday by Todd Kleffman regarding the Casey County Apple Festival, and I feel that I need to reply to his comments.
I do have to agree that I feel that a KKK booth is not a good image for the Apple Festival, and this is something that the festival committee should work on. However, a list of different groups that might be offensive to the general public might be very difficult to compile and deal with.
I will now disagree with Mr. Kleffman very strongly about his blanket classification of Casey County and the residents. I moved to Casey County in the spring of 1976 and then spent 27 1/2 years as a law enforcement officer, and I have met some of the finest people who were in no way prejudiced or closed-minded. The vast majority of the people I know are honest, hard-working and proud of being in a rural area. I grew up in Atlanta and I was able to travel quite a bit since my father was with Delta Airlines, and I have to tell you, Mr. Kleffman, that I saw as much prejudice in New York and your home state as I have seen anywhere. Have you forgotten your problems in Illinois with the "skinheads" and KKK marches in years past? You cannot make a blanket judgment about a location and the population because of what a few children say or what a few people do. Talk about closed-minded! I was proud to call Casey County home, and I am proud of many of the friends I have there!