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A great week marred by of all things, greed


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By RICHARD SHAW
Sun Advocate publisher

It was a week of great things in Carbon County.

We witnessed a wonderful parade and dinner for National Guard troops returning from Afghanistan.

We watched as people made thousands of flowers and placed them on graves across the county in honor of those that have gone before us. Once again No Grave Unadorned was a huge success because of the volunteerism in our community.

We saw three wonderful high school graduations in the name of Carbon High, Lighthouse High School and Pinnacle Canyon High School.

Unfortunately something marred all this giving, all this celebration, all this generosity.

And its name was greed.

Every year Carbon High's graduation in the BDAC is jammed. Everyone knows that. The school gives graduates a certain number of tickets for their family and that is it, because space is so tight. Apparently rather than use the tickets, or give them away to someone who could use them for extended family, some individuals who had extras looked to make a profit on tickets to the graduation process at Carbon.

On line, and in some cases in person on Friday, people were scalping tickets for $30 each to those that had no other way to get family and friends in to see the ceremonies. Apparently some bought them, feeling shoved into a corner as to how to get to a loved ones ceremony.

I have no problem with people buying tickets for an event and making money on selling them later when it is a profit making venture. Scalping is just another form of capitalism.

But a high school graduation?

Here we have this great community, doing all these wonderful things, and someone needs to make a buck off what was free passes, for a personal event of a lifetime.

It saddens and disgusts me, and I believe it does the same to many others in our community. Everyone I talked about it thought it was wrong.

Hopefully that won't happen again. It is what it is, because you can't fight human nature.

As for the rest of the people who took part in everything, it was a great week in the history of Carbon County.

Thanks to all of you.

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