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First off, you all sound like lunatics when you yell at us. Ninety percent of the time you have no idea what you are talking about. Many of you wish you could waltz onto the field and take over for us. Be my guest, but try to do your job well while having multiple people yell and scream at you. Go ahead and do the 16-plus hours of in-class training, while also working your way up the ladder to get better games.
Have you ever thought your children might be embarrassed or ashamed of you? I’ve had some parents that focus so much on the refs and so little on their own team — shameful. Plus, why are these games so important to you? If your 14-year-old child loses a game on Tuesday night, 15 years down the road I doubt that game will have a negative impact on your life. So let it go. Plus, how would you like it if I showed up at your workplace and began telling you how to run your company? So how is yelling at us any different? Many of us are teens just trying to make some money while being apart of a game we love.
JACK PARKER, Eden Prairie
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The few did so much
It was so good to see the welcome home to our returning soldiers on the front page of the Star Tribune on June 19. A comparatively small number of soldiers have had to sacrifice time, health and even their lives for the great number of us at home who often forget the ongoing battle in Afghanistan. Why can’t we welcome them back with jobs or advanced schooling, and with appreciation and gratitude, plus the best possible physical and mental health care? They have offered their all for us!
GRACE WIGGEN, Columbia Heights
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Send a letter and save a job
I find it very troubling that this generation is so self-absorbed that it is robbing future generations of good-paying jobs. Case in point: the U.S. Postal Service. Never did I dream that there would come a day when the Postal Service might not be there. Instead of paying for a stamp, people tend to buy the newest gadget or some other junk, robbing the next generation of jobs. Instead of paying all your bills online, consider your neighbor. You just might save yourself from a huge tax increase or from your own termination, because each job taken creates havoc on other small businesses.
LIZ DAHMS, Le Sueur, Minn.
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