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Letters: Teach unruly parents a lesson

Johnson City Press • Jul 1, 2018 at 6:00 AM

In Monday’s Question of the Week, we asked you if sports teams, especially in youth sports, should be punished for bad behavior from fans and spectating parents. Here is one response we received.

Teach the parents a lesson

Unfortunately for the kids...YES. The fans you are referring to are likely the parents or relatives of those players, because no one else would become that worked up over a game.

My child has been playing travel softball for eight years, and I have never witnessed anything like what took place last weekend. You have to punish the teams to send a message that behavior like that will not be tolerated by any softball governing body.

Hopefully the parents will come to the realization that they are setting a horrible example for their children, and I also hope they watch the video and listen to the cries of those players as that melee unfolded in front of them.

RHONDA PRUITT
Johnson City

Here are letters we received about other topics.

Black’s internet stances are contradictory

Diane Black in a recent article stated how important broadband service is to all regions of our state. That’s true, it’s critical to the development of industry, education and much more.

I have to wonder why she did not fight to keep net neutrality as an active and vital protection for consumers from money hungry internet providers. It’s just a matter of time before this repeal affects us all.

Diane is a devoted follower of our president, and I guess Diane is happy about dissolving the Consumers Protection Agency, dismantling the State Department and the EPA, the gigantic giveaway of our tax dollars to people who need it the least and still counting on Mexico to pay for the wall. That’s not gonna happen, we will pay for it.

I do not think that she, as our governor, would have our best interest at heart. She voted “yea” on every bill to give our tax money to the billionaires.

She is not our friend.

DON WILLIAMS
Piney Flats

Goodbye, Charles Krauthammer

Charles Krauthammer died on June 21st. If you are a person interested in public policy and political thought, I would encourage you to read his writings. Whether you agree with him is not the point, you will be better for the experience and you will learn something important. For me, he wrote to inform not persuade. That is rare today and most refreshing. In order to understand the man, you must first read about his remarkable life. His intellect, decency, humor and humility were an example to us all. He was battling cancer and was informed recently that he only had a few weeks to live. Last week, he wrote an extraordinary letter to his followers. Following is part of that letter:

"I believe that the pursuit of truth and right ideas through honest debate and rigorous argument is a noble undertaking. I am grateful to have played a small role in the conversations that have helped guide this extraordinary nation's destiny. This is the final verdict. My fight is over. I leave this life with no regrets. It was a wonderful life - full and complete with the great loves and endeavors that make it worth living. I am sad to leave, but I leave with the knowledge that I have lived the life I intended."

We are all better because Charles Krauthammer came our way. The marketplace of ideas will miss him. It is our good fortune that, through his writings, he has left us a lot to think about. I would encourage you to read his last book, “Things That Matter,” thoughts from a life that mattered and one that will continue to matter. He was 68 years old. He is survived by his wife, Robin, and his son, Daniel.

DAVID MILLER
Johnson City

Keep an eye out each week for another Question of the Week, but you may send us letters about any topic important to you. Authors must sign their letters and include addresses and phone numbers for verification. Letters may be no longer than 300 words and will be edited for grammar, style and length. Send your submission to Mailbag, P.O. Box 1717, Johnson City, TN 37605-1717 or [email protected].

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