Dear President Elect, George W. Bush,
If you should look through the eyes of some Democrats, you may observe:
We have seen the Storm Troopers, the American variety, the lawyers who flew into Florida, and with help of some judges in high places, orchestrated a putsch, that deprived the majority of the Florida voters of their rights, as well as the majority of the American voters. But there is, a large minority of the Americans, who will not understand what happened for some time And, there is a smaller minority who will either never understand or at least never admit, to the rape of justice
One thing that has made it so distressing, has been, to watch its truth-bending progress, that started when the puppeteers big money and the religious far right, brought in their marionette, Reagan. They would have really taken this country for a ride, had it not been for a somewhat responsible Congress. So it was, that through the Bush and the Clinton administrations those puppeteers went to work on our legislatures. Plus, they were relentless in their efforts to discredit Clinton.
They were however becoming so apparent that they were beginning to lose members from the legislature. So it was that they crafted George (Pinnochio) Bush, who followed their every political line, as did Reagan and Scalia. And like a record, this Pinnochio would repeat how he was for the reform of education, or Social Security, and could command bipartisan respect. Yet it remained so evident that regardless of what the marionette should say, it was, the Far-Right Agenda that he (you) must attend.
If you have any wish to realize bipartisanship, you might start by re-nominating those 40 Clinton appointees for federal judgeship, that congress has yet to even bring up for consideration.
Dennis G. Gordon
Sports too important
The recent stories of the Pequot Lakes coach resigning due to pressure from parents is not a new phenomenon. I had a business teacher in 1956 who was also the boys' basketball coach (no girls teams then!) He became crabby as heck around tournament time, and occasionally would tell us stories about parental pressure.
I work with the television industry and there are no viewers as rabid as sports fans. I've been threatened and cussed if one of my stations is not performing properly at game time. No other viewers are like this.
Sports fans become upset at the high prices athletes can command, but it is the rabidness of the fans that causes this! Some fans will do anything to see a particular game. Advertisers know this and can charge accordingly.
Sports have become too important in our culture. People tie their own self-worth and pride in with the success of their favorite team. It's still only a game: entertainment.
Based on all the scandal, cheating, and stealing involving University of Minnesota and Timberwolves athletes and management, it seems that sports doesn't build character: it builds characters!
The parents and fans who are putting all the heat on coaches and athletes would be doing themselves and everyone else a favor by going out and playing their own sports. Some parents try to relive their own lives through their children. This is very wrong -- our children and young people already have more pressure than they can handle.
Sports should be fun. Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could just play the game hard, and no one keep score? The 90 percent of athletes who wind up each season as "losers" wouldn't have to feel that way. (I also played some sports in high school.)
When I watch pro football, seldom do I see anyone smile, even after scoring a touchdown. They mostly look like they're worried about making the next mortgage payment on the house.
Who is endangered?
It doesn't make sense; it's against man's law to destroy most bird eggs while they are being incubated, but it's "legal" to destroy a developing human child in its mother's womb.
Who is the endangered species?
While driving north on Highway 371 in 60 mph zone a white Blazer passed in left lane. A glance to the left surprised me to see a female speeding, talking on a cell phone, and eating a sandwich. Was her focus on falling snow, road surface, phone conversation or eating the sandwich? Scary!
Joyce N. Meier
Suggestion for some parents
Thanks Mike Bialka.
Enjoyed your story on the coaching profession. It should be mandatory for parents with big mouths to have to sit under the gun a night or two to humble their attitudes.
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