Readers Write (June 2): Prep sports, pro sports, cigarette tax, flight attendants, Michele Bachmann

  • Updated: June 1, 2013 - 5:27 PM

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Too much focus on economic differences

As a kid growing up in a small town, I was amazed at the sport facilities that the city kids enjoyed (“Cash floods prep sports,” May 26). No big deal. The arena or field wasn’t the issue; we just liked playing the game. Would we have wanted bigger or better? Probably, but the issue never gained any traction. We had parents and other adults who refused to buy into the whining and envy. Their philosophy? Get over yourselves; if you want to play, just go play. Today’s consistent drumbeat to the theme of the haves vs. the have-nots is destructive on every front. Get over it and play ball.

JAN MOE, Lake Shore, Minn.

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Some schools have better equipment, uniforms and facilities because their programs are better at fundraising. Many parents and staff take it upon themselves to solicit funds and items to benefit the band, sports and any department in the school that might need extra things. Maybe the parents of children in schools wanting to grow their fundraising could tap the expertise of parents who’ve helped other schools with successful fundraising programs. The issue isn’t who has the most, but who does the most.


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Wayzata’s pro-sports-type billboard is a laughable, over-the-top sign of excess. High school sports can create great friendships and memories and help many kids grow into mature and successful adults. That should be the focus.

VIRGINIA PETERSON, Inver Grove Heights


Official merchandise should be made in U.S.

Much of the official clothing of the professional sports teams we all love is being made in third-world countries where labor costs are cheaper. At the prices charged for this merchandise, we must either expect the expert craftsmanship of the United States or much lower prices. Frankly, I would like to see people use Twitter and Facebook to contact the NFL, media outlets, sports teams, lawmakers and anyone who will listen. Tell them we want our textile companies to manufacture our multibillion-dollar sports clothing and merchandise. These are jobs we never had, but jobs we badly need now.

SCOTT MONIGAL, Green Bay, Wis.


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