Reader letters, Feb. 7
There are options to the Super Bowl
To the editor:
The Super Bowl used to be just another football game — a big, important end-of-the- season game that lasted several hours.
Now it’s a showy spectacular that lasts for days, rivaling and sometimes surpassing all that Hollywood and Broadway offer.
Players and coaches become celebrities doted on by the, hype for The Game begins weeks beforehand and companies compete for commercial air time as ferociously as players compete on the field.
Enough money is spent on Super Bowl weekend to pay off the national debt.
People have Super Bowl parties, ads and halftime shows during the game become as popular and entertaining as the action on the field.
Even God has had to take time out for the game, as churches either cancel Sunday evening activities, thereby admitting their defeat by the gridiron competition, or collaborating by planning their own Super Bowl parties.
Even when the game is over, it isn’t over. For days, analysts will tediously re-play the game.
Here’s an over-looked fact: not everybody wants to watch The Game. A lot of us don’t even like football.
We become marginalized during Super Bowl season. We can’t go anywhere where it isn’t: restaurants, hotel lobbies, retail stores. There seems to be no escape. What are we to do?
I have found a few options. There are a few TV stations that don’t “do” the Super Bowl, and there are movie theaters to which to escape.
Go to the gym, go visit someone in a nursing home or hospital or get together with other marginalized people who don’t like football.
There are things to do besides watch over-sized, bulging men in tights and monster pads throw an egg-shaped ball at each other while getting paid millions of dollars to run up and down a painted field from one pair of spiked posts to another.
For those multitudes who live from one ball game to another, continue to enjoy yourselves. I know that you will. Some of you will continue to lose money; some will win. You don’t need my permission to have a ball. You wouldn’t care to sit through the opera, symphony, stage play, or Bonanza reruns that I enjoy. Neither could you pay me to go to your games. I would rather read a book.
I.D. or I.Q.?
To the editor:
Regarding a voter ID requirement, it seems we’re more in need of a voter I.Q. requirement, and especially so for the candidates. This is my 39 cents worth.
Nation’s credibility is at stake
To the editor:
There is a phase of credibility which enhances the tenacity of duty. Duty toward one’s country, fellow man and the duty toward oneself is essential to accomplish our government’s mission of peace throughout the world.
The credibility of our nation, for which we are somewhat responsible, is maintaining a non reproachable character, a burden often tried to its limits.
Often governments with conflicting beliefs will try subversive measures to compromise their country’s credibility and subdue it’s people. But if dedicated determination, coupled with the relationship and cooperation shared with the people and agencies of governmental structure, these oppressors will falter in their task and the credibility of the nation can again be restored.
It appears, we as a nation of free people, stumble at times to maintain a sense of accomplishment. The complex working of our government to shroud, not deceive, are to protect the interest of the people. Doing so enables compatable relationships to coexist with functional readiness to deter foreign and domestic subliminal activities.
A self governed people will question the activities of lawmakers to ensure compatable attitudes with those they represent. Analyzing national policies toward affairs, at home and abroad, is a healthy practice of responsible citizens.
Without an effective source of critical scrutiny our government’s credibility and that of other nations could become rampant with moral decline.
Our nation has a burden of responsibility, but with continued support of the people, success and growth will ensure continuance of a model government for all nations to admire and fashion their political ideas.
Joseph M. Edwards