Prevention Is Still the Cure

My Writing Life Xposed

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Many Americans are being demoralized. They’re buying into trashing the free press, the hallmark of a free society.

It’s true a free society harbors violent non-conformists, athletic scandals, war-mongers, those who manipulate others for profit. It’s true troubles will exist in every area of life in a free society.

But a free press keeps the general public duly informed. (Even reporter rats eventually run.)

Americans are accepting insults and defamation of professional athletes who kneel at the playing of the national anthem when the kneelers’ motives are to protest racism in their country, not to protest their country’s existence. 

It’s true a portion of professional athletes don’t represent their sport, or their country, with good deeds returned to their communities. Others, however, do, giving more and more without seeking rewards because they care and can financially do so. 

And a free press keeps the general public duly informed because it is a nation’s watch dog and it is free to report. 

Truths often are difficult to swallow.

It’s up to a free society’s general pubic to use information wisely for the greater good, and not to use it to divide and conquer the populace.

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Few Exceptions…

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Cee-Cee has her own sports hero

At the time (1978) Jay J. Coakley published Sport In Society, the book included the statistic that only 20%, or less, of all college athletes finished their academics sufficiently enough to graduate.

Coakley claimed any good athlete who wanted “to continue sport participation beyond the high school level”, especially those pursuing football, or basketball, must seek to attend college. Indeed, there are only a few exceptions to this idea.

And, he said his research showed that “athletes were receiving an average of three times the amount of financial aid received by nonathletes”.

Is anything new in 2016? Should it be?

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Photo from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg