The latest from Press Pros readers on recent published topics: sportsmanship, on performing the national anthem, on second chance coaches, and laughing at the Reds.
In no particular order, the recent mail pertaining to recent topics on Press Pros has been heavy, and sensitive, in nature.
The blog published on February 8 pertaining to how the national anthem should be performed drew an almost unprecedented response:
“Mr. Fulks, I’m disappointed by your attitude that unless someone sings or plays the Star Bangled Banner according to your tastes they shouldn’t bother doing it at all. Everyone is not blessed with the same talents, nor should that be held against them. It’s certainly no reason to criticize.” … Theresa Waterman
“I would rather hear someone sing who cares about our country over someone who sings and cares more about how their performance is judged. You appear to favor the latter.” … Steve Latta
(Ed. Note: I presume, then, that you enjoyed the rendition that Roseanne Barr did a few years ago. I’m not sure, by the sound of it, that she cared about either.)
“I have read your articles before on performing the anthem and want to say that you are spot-on. People who can sing should sing. People who can’t should save themselves, and the rest of us, the embarrassment.” … Joe B.
“I agree with you that there should be a polite standard for performing the banner, but there should also be some consideration for those who aren’t accustomed to singing before big groups in public. In any case, I think it’s a good experience, especially for adolescent performers. I, for one, enjoy seeing people try to do their best.” … Tim Cooper
(Ed Note: That’s fine, if they have a best! I’m not sure some people’s best is good enough in a public spotlight. It can’t be a good thing when it makes everyone uneasy.)
“The national anthem is a point of prideful tribute and should be performed accordingly. It’s not an object for artistic expression.” … Kathy Doyle
Our recent blogs on the state of Wisconsin’s athletic association, sportsmanship, and free speech just keeps on going. You gotta’ love these:
“I absolutely enjoy seeing displays of fine sportsmanship at athletic events and it often brings tears to my eyes. I’m not ashamed to say so. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with young people putting their feelings for the game aside in favor of their feelings for each other. I want to see handshake lines after the game, and I want to go home with a good feeling about it. So what’s wrong with that?” … Wm. Roberts
(Ed. Note: There’s not a thing wrong with that, as long as you can home and sleep after someone gets punched in the nose. You might see that, too.)
“To your point on sportsmanship, it’s little wonder that the kids act like they do when the adults use words like “knucklehead” to describe those from Wisconsin who request restraint and respectful behavior at public events.” … Tom Maloney
“Thank you for stating that the governing body of Wisconsin sports has overstepped their bounds in this case. Freedom of speech is guaranteed by the first amendment, and as long as it is not lewd or obscene I see nothing wrong with kids yelling “air ball” and “scoreboard”. One more example of too much government.” … Jack (Springfield)
Our recent blog on former Northmont coach Lance Schneider brought this response:
“In the case of Mr. Schneider there must be consideration for that which is simple and obvious. If you know going in, why would you make the same mistake?” … Bill Cook
“Your point about giving second chances is heard and appreciated, and illustrates the hypocrisy of people who pour out their heart on Sundays and then turn their backs at the next school board meeting.” … Jon (Go Warriors)
“Yours is always a good read. Coach Schneider’s story appears to come down to one issue in 10 years. Most of us don’t have that good a record at our own jobs. I enjoy the site.” … Carl
Greg Hoard’s column on how to appreciate the less-than-anticipated 2016 Cincinnati Reds ruffled the feathers of at least one die-hard:
“I have been a Reds fan for 63 years and never gave up on them during the bad years. To have to take the bad with the good and I disagree that they should be laughed at.” … Jos. Wagner (A Reds fan for life)
And last, more than one took the time to share their appreciation for the record, and work, of new Kettering football coach, Dave Miller:
“Your words on Coach Dave Miller were excellent, and well-written. I don’t know him, but I know other men like him who teach personal responsibility to young people, win or lose. It’s important.” … Kelly Burke
“Wonderful article that I enjoyed reading, and sharing.” … Mitch (Kettering)