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Programmer Corner July 08, 2014 at 02:28 PM
You brought up something that you think is a danger to youth. I brought up something that is a far Read Morebigger danger to youth. Have you had concussions? Are you a 45+ something dude? No? Then you have no idea what the head ringing, body aching, mind numbing feebleness awaits when you're an older man who bashed his head when he was younger (I did not; I ran cross country - the graceful sport). You wrote an article trying to bring attention to something you think is important: protecting our youth. I agree. You just happened to write about a very small problem. Contact sports are not money makers. 70% of our budget is spent on personnel. Add in HS, you're talking $70 million per year towards... Recreation for the Youth? Here's a ball, kid, go play.
Cheryl Adams July 08, 2014 at 06:28 PM
Yes I have had concussions, three of them and I am over 45 and a female. I played competitiveRead Moresports and when we got hurt they just taped us up and sent us back out there. I am still feeling the effects of those decisions by coaches. But I had the time of my life playing division I athletics and traveled all over the US and met some great people. As for contact sports not making money, football is the #1 money maker of all college sports. I believe you are upset that the recreation center is using taxpayer money to have contact football teams. Don't the parents pay for this? Just like drinking we can't make parents make decisions for their children. Nor can we tell the recreation center what sports to allow children to play. If the program fills then it will continue. After all we live in a capitalist society.
Programmer Corner July 10, 2014 at 01:31 PM
"football is the #1 money maker of all college sports". I'm not talking about collegeRead Morespo rts. I'm talking about municipal sports. Why does the recreation department cost $10-20 million per year to run? The high school budget is also $40 million. How much is spent on recreation? In total, are we really spending close to $50 million per year to recreate? Including $100,000 tot playgrounds, $250,000 other playgrounds, etc. Seems expensive... Dollars that could be better spent... by me! But back to the point of your article: youth sickness. Tackle football for 5th-8th graders is in the LF Recreation brochure. You wrote an article decrying the booze-a-thon. You won't write an article decrying concussion causing, expensive muni sports??? Odd...
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