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Continued: Readers Write: (Jan. 6): Land use, cold weather, college sports, obesity, budgets, marijuana

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COLLEGE SPORTS

There’s a reality we all need to face

The problem with big-time college sports isn’t the money spent on the “big three” of men’s basketball, football and hockey (“The ‘arms race’ in college sports,” Dec. 31), it’s that these sports are the primary revenue generators for the rest of the athletic departments’ scholarship athletes. Can anyone give me one good reason why track and field, swimming and diving, rowing, tennis, golf, and gymnastics should be fully funded varsity sports as opposed to being primarily self-funded club sports?

The millions of dollars in revenue generated by the big three should go back to the athletes, not to fund other sports athletic budgets and scholarships. If you did a survey of 100 University of Minnesota students, 99 of them would not care if the nonrevenue sports lost their varsity funding. We wouldn’t be getting rid of these nonrevenue sports, we’d just be accepting the realities of the viewing public.

JAMES MCMURRAY, Eagan

OBESITY

Compassion is part of the equation

A Jan. 2 writer (“Come on, have some self-control”) poured sarcasm and scorn on the science of food addiction and people struggling to eat better in an economy and culture focused on the consumption of salty, fatty, sugary foods. She bragged about her own success with shrugging off addiction and sneered at those who have failed to match her achievements.

I’m almost certain that every reputable 12-step program stresses humility, not gloating and contempt for others, in the road map for recovery.

ALEXANDER S. HINDIN, St. Louis Park

CATCHPHRASES

Budgeting: Don’t hate me. Just do it.

Regarding “When did we tune out the catchphrase?” (Dec. 31), I remember one that I haven’t heard for a long time:

“No, we can’t afford it.”

Perhaps if we brought that back, we wouldn’t be in such an economic mess. It worked for my family.

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