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June 26, 2014 7:24 am

EDITORIAL: Conference, reenactment bring deserved attention to internment camp pain

Written by Tom Lawrence

Thumbs up to the renewed attention being brought to the 1944 trial of 63 Japanese Americans who protested the fact they were unconstitutionally held in a confinement camp by refusing to serve in the military.

The Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation (HMWF) will present a public reading and discussion of “Heart Mountain: Conscience, Loyalty, and the Constitution,” a script involving narration, visual imagery, and reenactment of the 1944 federal trial. The event is set for 7-9 p.m. Thursday at the Cody Auditorium at 13th Street and Beck Avenue. Tickets are $12 at the door.

All 63 men were convicted in the largest mass trial in Wyoming history. They were sentenced to three years in federal prison.

Two of the Heart Mountain draft resisters, Yosh Kuromiya and Takashi Hoshizaki, will participate in the reenactment and take questions about their experiences afterward.

Now, we recognize these men as true Americans who stood up for what is right and honorable. The imprisonment of loyal Americans who had Japanese ancestry was a shameful page in American history.

The only way to clean such a stain is to expose it to light.  The 26th Annual Conference of the National Consortium on Racial and Ethnic Fairness in the Courts is being held at the Heart Mountain Interpretive Center this week, and it is responsible for staging the reenactment.

We’re glad this conference is being held here and that the trial is getting the attention it deserves.

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Thumbs down to the fumbles by the Park County Fair Board in an effort to raise money for the new multi-purpose building on the fairgrounds.

The board was tasked with raising $500,000 to help offset the cost of more than $3 million for the building. After it failed to do much, the Park County Commission gave it $15,000 as seed money for its fundraising efforts.

We learned Monday that the fair lost more than $5,000 on its May 31 street dance featuring country performer Charley Jenkins. The event was billed as a fundraiser but it was the exact opposite.

We wish the fair board better luck with its efforts in the future. We appreciate the willingness to try.

But in the future, we would recommend contracting with experienced fundraisers and promoters to handle such endeavors.

Thumbs up to “The Music Man,” which is being presented in Cody tonight (Thursday) through Saturday.

More than 100 performers and crew members teamed, under the direction of the talented director Lynne Simpson, to present this American classic at the Wynona Thompson Auditorium in Cody High School.

Tickets are $15, $20 and $25 and are on sale online at www.parkcountyartscouncil.org, at the Cody Chamber of Commerce, at the Wells Fargo Bank in Cody and at the door

If you want to enjoy a vibrant play, filled with great songs and highlighted by sparkling comedy, make plans to attend — if you can get a ticket.

It should be great and that starts with G which rhymes with T that stands for terrific.

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