Mike, I just wanted to say “thank you” for your very good article about Goodwill. Those of us who work at Castaways are quite concerned about this. I especially appreciated you mentioning the Goodwill CEO’s salary, and also the amount of money that Castaways gives back to the city.
Very good editorial opinion regarding Castaways and Goodwill. My wife and I have vacationed here most of our life and recently moved here. Castaways has always been a favorite place to visit and to support.
I’m not knocking Goodwill either, but if they arrive and open, the outside is all we will ever see.
As a winter visitor I appreciate your State Representative tackling an issue of interest to the 7% of Americans with heart disease. He mentions that February is Heart Month. And provides some good advice and tips.
However, 14% of Americans are Black, and February is far better known and recognized as Black History Month. Aransas County can use this month as an opportunity to address our country’s years of racial inequality – not limited to Blacks, but including our Hispanic and Asian neighbors as well.
Here’s a few ways that any community can make the most of the opportunity presented by Black History Month.
• Community and Educational activists: Bring in influential authors, historians or activists to speak about race relations, civil rights, etc. Last week’s “Vietnamese Culture …” session at the History Center was excellent.
• Employers: Examine your current recruiting, interviewing, and onboarding processes. Is there room for improvements?
• Librarians and book stores: Stock/supply current affairs literature such as (nonfiction) So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo or The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race, by Jesmyn Ward; or (fiction) Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi or Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead.
• Parents: Have a conversation within your family regarding race. Our children learn from us. Examine your own attitudes toward those unlike yourselves, and share your insights with your kids.
We must recognize that our communities don’t exist separately from the world. We must prepare our kids for their world, nation, and community.
Thank you very much for dedicating your editorial to Castaways in today’s paper.
I have been a Shop volunteer for almost 17 years at this incredible organization and I am still overwhelmed by the support of the Aransas County community, the donors, the volunteers, and the patronage of our customers.
Castaways is very appreciative of your recognition.