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Re: gripe

Auralie, that's not the kind of sports I mean. Kids need to be active, but not to "engaged in kept them occupied and out of trouble". That sounds like the kids who come to my door and say if I buy some of their odds and ends it will keep them off the streets and out of trouble. School sports used to be "extra-curricular" meaning that it's an activity that they can enjoy AFTER they've taken care of the business of school and preparing for their future. These days it seems school takes a back seat to sports. And they must win at all costs.

The sports I was griping about are thegames that rake in billions and pay players millions; meanwhile school districts drop music programs and kids are emulating sports figures who torture dogs.

I don't get it.  Never will.

neIN, Zone 5
----- Original Message ----- From: <Aplfgcnys@aol.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Monday, December 31, 2007 11:09 AM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] gripe

It sounds to me as if a bunch of you didn't have teen-age sons.
I do hear what you are saying about school budgets and the loss
of fine arts, etc., and can't argue with that, but I do know that the
sports programs that two of my sons, the "jocks" in the family,
engaged in kept them occupied and out of trouble.  The third
son, the oldest, was always in hot water about something, but
the only sport that interested him was hot-rodding.  How I wished
he would join a team of some sort with a coach who could keep
him in line.  And guess what, he got his son and daughter both
involved in sports as soon as he could - even learned to be a
referee at swim meets and took his daughter to the state fair
to compete in barrel racing.

In a message dated 12/31/2007 10:45:11 AM Eastern Standard Time,
cathy.c@insightbb.com writes:

Have to agree. I live in a sports crazy town. People with no kids in
school go to the games, and at least 10 minutes of the local news is
devoted to regional HS sports. When the schools closed because of
excessive heat last fall, the sports teams were still out practicing,
and when the schools were in a budget crunch (don't get me on the
topic of the school board) they shortened the school day, but no talk
about dropping sports. Come to think about it, if they did, they
could probably get the populace to agree to raise property taxes!

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