There's more time to win the rest of life's games
Being a Wilson High School graduate and a football player at the school (a few years ago), I attended the last Wilson-Rayen football game. The two schools will close next year, with students being moved to the a newly constructed East High School. Two moments from that game stand out in my mind.
The first event was a defensive stand by Wilson late in the fourth quarter of the game. Rayen had a 28-0 lead, and its first team offense was not letting up. The Wilson players could have justifiably hung their heads and allowed Rayen to pass/run its way to another score. But the Wilson team did not quit. While the young men have not had many victories on the scoreboard (staying true to our 60 year tradition!), they played the game to the end and they played it as hard as they could.
The second moment was the post-game meeting between the Wilson and Rayen players and coaches on the middle of the football field. While I could not hear the words spoken from my position in the stands, I assume something was said about the two teams becoming one next year. The meeting ended with all of the athletes standing up, putting their helmets together and shouting, "Team. & quot; At that moment, I thought about the Wilson seniors. The Wilson underclassmen, like all of the Rayen players, might finally feel the joy of winning a few football games. (Rayen ran its record to 6-1 that night.) But what about the seniors?
To all of the seniors at Wilson High School: Never give up. You may not fully get it right now, but the struggles and hardships we face are God's opportunities for personal growth. I can now tell you, being 30 years removed from high school, that you can compete and that you can do well. Just smile at anyone who says otherwise. Continue to suit up for life's bigger game by focusing on your education, thinking about goals and pushing hard to reach those goals. You may not always win, as others define victory, but I guarantee you will impress a lot of people along the way.
LEONARD D. HALL
High school football fanstumped by 50/50 raffles
I'm curious about how the 50/50 raffles at local football games are determined by each school.
I'm a big fan of high school football and attend at least one game a week. Because I like to support the teams, I always buy tickets for the 50/50 raffle. I've been to games that have standing room only, and yet the amount that the winner of the raffle won was only 250.
It's hard for me to believe that with that much support for the school(s), the adults wouldn't buy tickets to support the school and athletic boosters. It should be mandatory that the amount of money collected is announced at each sporting event, as well as the amount won by the winning ticket holder.
I've also been to games that have only one-half of the stadium filled, and yet the winner of the 50/50 raffle won over 200.
ADRIAN N. DIETZ
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of loss
I wanted to reply to the Sept. 24 article, "Estate owner loses a dream to vandalism".
I am a Volney Road resident; in fact, I live directly next to the vandalized "Volney mansion." I have witnessed many vacant homes in this area decline due to architectural pilfering. Yes, I do believe this has become a huge problem, and we definitely need more regulation to deter these thieves.
In this case, I think more should have and could have been done to prevent such a disaster to begin with. If Mr. Menaldi had installed an alarm system, the robbery likely would have never happened. For example, there is another vacant home on our block that in the past, thieves have tried to break into, but fortunately, an alarm system intervened.
My husband and I continuously keep an eye out and check Mr. Menaldi's property almost every day. It's our duty as a neighbor. But I also think the homeowner should take all necessary precautions. I was the first person who reported the break-in to the police. I then had to obtain the number for Mr. Menaldi's niece so they could file a police report. I know Mr. Menaldi's niece looks after his property, but once every week or two is simply just not enough, no matter what neighborhood it is. His property was left vacant for over eight months before it was robbed. That's much longer than most vacant houses sit untouched.
I do sympathize with Mr. Menaldi. I know first hand how devastated and violated he feels. During the closing process, someone tried to pilfer the character out of our home, too. We didn't turn in the other direction with our tail between our legs --we stood up and fought. Like Mr. Menaldi, we absolutely love this beautiful area and its history. We should let no thief take that away from us.
PAULINA REESE McCALLUM
Stationing police in school would provide a bonus
Jackson-Milton School District voters have proven over and over again that only half of both townships' citizens care much about education and safe environments for area school children. With that in mind and considering that even a peaceful Amish community is not immune or exempt from some crazy lunatic attacking a school, I think it's time for our rural communities of Jackson and Milton to make some radical changes, perhaps preventing such a horrific attack to ever occur.
Both Jackson and Milton townships have local police forces with two officers available each day to respond to township phone calls. How difficult would it be for the school administration to make available office space to house a police center and four, armed officers inside the school complex? Police reaction times would be about the same for citizens' community complaints, while two or three officers could remain on duty at the schools.
The same 50 percent of voters who wish our schoolchildren to be safe in a protected, education environment are also taxpayers to both community police units. A show of force by numbers and in commitment to the monthly township trustee meetings would surely get some positive results in making such a change, if any of the present trustees in both townships wish to get elected again.
Veterans are seeing cuts
Once again it is election time and the politicians are telling us what they have done and what their opponents have not done. None, however, have said what they will do for our veterans, so I'll tell you.
This year for example, regarding the 2007 National Defense Authorization Bill (which is in excess of 460 billion), they voted to reduce the budget for the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center, which is located near the Walter Reed Army Medical center, from 14 million to 7 million.
These same politicians do not hesitate to put our men and women in harm's way. I say if they need to do some cutting back, it should be done elsewhere and not at the cost of our veterans. Veterans should be the nation's top priority -- they gave us top priority when they served and defended our country.
RAYMOND L. HANZES
The writer, a veteran of the Korean War, is commander of V.F.W. Post 3332.