NFL needs to take immediate action
Just when you think the NFL could not fall any lower, it did. Players on the 49ers knelt down during the national anthem, prompting Vice President Michael Pence to get up and leave.
This is the vice president of the United States and you disrespect him, our country, our flag. Do you know what message you are sending to the rest of the world? I really think you do, and for that you should be ashamed.
We have seen pee wee football players take a knee. We have seen high school kids not standing for the national anthem. I would guess that we will see Seth Curry's spoiled kid doing something to disrespect us. That's right America you and me. Hey Shannon Sharp, what would your grandmother say if you took a knee any time you were playing?
Roger Goodell and the NFL need to take immediate action of such disrespect for our country, our flag, our anthem, and President Pence and his wife.
I would like and suggest sending all you traitors to North Korea. And see how your protest would go there.
Code of conduct rarely enforced
I am writing to express my concern with poor enforcement of parental conduct at youth sporting events.
I am a parent of a child that is a member of a local sports club in Colorado Springs. Every weekend that we are at games, whether here in town or at an away game in Denver, we notice an alarming pattern of bad parental conduct. This behavior ranges from yelling at referees to berating other people's children. However, the most alarming concern is the lack of enforcement by local clubs to correct this behavior.
Almost every club that I am aware of or have experience with makes the parents of their players sign a code of conduct. However, this code of conduct is rarely enforced on game days. Admittedly, I am not completely blameless as I write this. Fortunately, one of my child's coaches stressed that these types of behaviors were not acceptable and I recognized that I needed to adjust my behavior for the sake of my child's experience.
I urge readers that relate to this issue to call the director of their local sports clubs and ask them to enforce the parent code of conduct on game days.
No other reasonable solution
In a Jakob Sullum op-ed Saturday, the headline read "Gun Control Advocates Can't Resist a Tragedy." The author then proceeds to berate anyone proposing gun control for first exploiting tragedies like Las Vegas, and secondly for not (apparently) being sympathetic to the poor, oppressed gun advocates. He seems to also want to pick on Hillary Clinton and her responses, or lack thereof depending on one's viewpoint. But that's not the issue, really.
The fact is that the gun rights groups are just as obvious in their response to some of the mass shootings that have made the news, saying "now is not the time to discuss this" or some equivalent platitudinous drivel.
What both sides err on is the need to get this issue into the open and start a civilized discussion. We must have some reasonable controls over the sheer numbers and types of firearms in this nation. And both sides - but more the gun 'rights' advocates must be prepared to give some ground.
We don't need semi-automatic weapons, be they long guns or hand guns and we don't need high-capacity magazines or military-grade ammunition. We need national laws limiting the number of firearms one may own, requiring strict licensing of all firearms and a decently high fee or tax for those licenses, and strict training and liability insurance requirements.
Drastic? Yes, but I see no other reasonable solution. It's the "well regulated" wording in the Second Amendment that truly matters.
Pay players for time, commitment
From September to January, almost any store you go to will have countless magazines and advertisements for the college football season. With this multibillion-dollar industry nearly everyone is getting paid, except the players that put in the time.
In 2016, the university of Texas and Texas A&M made more than $180 million in sports revenue. These universities are not the only ones making millions, among the SEC, Big 10, and Big 12 there was over $330 million in revenue. Countless organizations around the country make millions from college football while the players dedicating so much time and labor to this make next to nothing.
Many people say the tuition and stipends are enough compensation for what these athletes do. Although a free education is an extremely beneficial thing for these athletes, it is not enough. By no means do I wish college football wasn't as big as it is - as in all actuality I spend my year waiting for the season to begin.
Although I love college football, I am also well aware of the time and commitment these players give up to live on the edge of financial stability.
A moment of serious consideration
As many of my fellow Colorado Springs residents are certainly aware, our city has been on the national news of late. I most recently heard a joke about "The Mad Pooper" of Colorado Springs while listening to NPR's "Wait Wait, Don't Tell Me."
Granted, the joke was quite clever, however it might be time to give this situation a moment of serious consideration. We live in an era of virulent identity politics, and we all need to take a step back and examine this situation for what it. "The Mad Pooper" is not running through out neighborhoods defecating on people's lawns as some kind of awkward protest about the gentrification of our city...she simply identifies as an outdoor cat.