Readers Write (Sept. 4): Football concussions, terrorism, Michael Sam, cigars, U donation, 'fair share,' New Yorkers

  • Updated: September 3, 2014 - 6:13 PM

The head injury he suffered 29 years ago still haunts him.

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As the mother of a son who received a concussion playing football in high school, I was so happy to read that the football programs are seeing a drop in youth participation around the state (“Eden Prairie football faces challenge — from within,” Sept. 2).

My son received a concussion 29 years ago playing football in his senior year in high school and has had repercussions ever since. He suffers from depression and has anger-management issues that are a direct result of his head injury. He was diagnosed with a “chemical imbalance due to injury.” The effects of a concussion can and do last a lifetime.

He is the strongest person I know, because he has to deal with his injury every day and is doing well. I regret that he has to struggle so hard to contribute all he does because of an injury he suffered playing a game. His life and relationships could have been so much easier had he not played football.

My hat is off to all the parents who have the courage to say “no” to their children when they ask to play football. I wish every day that I would have followed my instincts and said “no” all those years ago.

l. Johnson, Prior Lake

TERRORISM

Don’t pretend Hamas has any legitimacy

If members of the radical Islamic terror group ISIL were indiscriminately firing rockets into Minnesota; if they were kidnapping our children; if they were building terror tunnels underneath our parks and malls; if they were bombing our state from military infrastructure embedded within a civilian population under the guise of “resistance”; if they were beheading alleged “informants” with no evidence — would we not have a moral obligation to protect ourselves by engaging them militarily?

Hamas, the terrorist group ruling Gaza that is committing all of the above atrocities is no different from ISIL. Hamas’ stated goal is to destroy Jews and the State of Israel. Just because ISIL doesn’t pretend to be a peaceful entity, as does Hamas, the facts speak for themselves. Hamas is a terrorist organization, as is ISIL, even though it asserts that it is a legitimate organization that simply wants to achieve Palestinian statehood. If ISIL were in control of Gaza and were to claim such nonsense, would we believe it?

MELODY M. ADLERSTONE, Minneapolis

 

SOUHAN ON SAM

Judge football player on talent, not PR value

As a gay man, I found Jim Souhan’s column on Michael Sam disturbing (“Signing Sam would have made sense for Vikings,” Sept. 3). It seems Souhan is missing the point, along with most of the media. Sam is a football player. The media keeps referring him as a “gay football player.” True equality means dropping the word gay. It shouldn’t matter. Are other players described as “straight?” No, they are not.

Sam should be hired or fired based talent alone, not for PR purposes. To suggest that the Vikings sign Sam because it would be good public relations is offensive.

DAVID PAULSON, Eagan

 

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