Black history speaker urges raising children right

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By Lou Elliott Jones, Editor

Retired educator Vivian Filer believes children should be raised with love, but also a firm grasp on whatis proper and what is not.
As the speaker for the Black History Scholarship Banquet in Chiefland on Feb. 18 at the Tommy Usher Community Center, she told the 80 people in attendance, that   having children calls for a commitment to invest long hours, go the extra mile, to sacrifice and "love, love, love."
Filer said raising a child doesn't have to be about dollars and parents should get an understanding on how to handle children "out of the earshot of your child."
"We need to give them a little attaboy ever so often," she said. "When they get born it's  not about you. It's about them."
She said it's OK for parents to allow a two-year-old child to decide which shoes to wear, but when it comes to important things like what they eat, the parents need to step up. "A two-year-old can't decide that. That's your decision."
Speaking of eating, Filer said changes need to be made. "I see plates now and they don't have any greens on them."
But Filer did not deliver a negative message. "I like to fuss over everybody," she said. And when it comes to children, she said adults need to make eye contact. "And I want to hear what a child says," Filer said. If a child does not use proper grammar or language, correct them in a loving way.  "I'll lay it on them and I'll hug them."
"They need to know that success with As and Bs  will get them nowhere if they don't have manners," Filer said. "People who use profanity don't have a lot of education."
"We have a generation that didn't get it and we're going on two generations," Filer said. Quoting President Barack Obama, Filer said, "We need to up our game America."
"If you want to have a world that embodies education you will have to commit to education at every level."
In addition to Filer, the Black History Scholarship Committee presented a plaque of appreciation to Earnest Haile honoring his career in local education. The 89-year-old retired principal of Chiefland Junior High School, accepted the honor from committee members Doris H. Jones and Rutha and Robert Scott.
Also speaking — with a limit on time — were government officeholders and political candidates in this year's elections. They included: Chiefland City Commissioner Frank Buie; Levy County Judge James T. Browning and his opponent Cynthia Munkittrick; Levy County Sheriff candidates Bobby McCallum and Noel Desmond; Levy County Clerk Danny Shipp and opponent Wilbur Dean; School Board candidates, District 2, Chris Coward and Kyle Quincey;  School Board Member, District 4, Paige Brookins, who is seeking re-election; Supervisor of Elections candidate Tammy Jones, who is an assistant supervisor of elections; Superintendent of Education Bob Hastings, who is seeking re-election; County Commission District 3 candidate Jack Schofield; Levy Tax Collector Linda Fugate, who is seeking re-election; and Public Defender Stacy Scott, who is seeking election.
The Scotts said invitations for the banquet had been extended to every county elected official and candidate that had filed for election. Some were unable to attend because of conflicting events, Scott said.