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NHL, media shouldn’tcelebrate fighting
I’m appalled that you would run a Sports section front-page picture of a bloody hockey player with the approving headline “
,” (Page C1, Feb. 24 ) and an article praising him for fighting.
We try to teach our kids to settle disputes without resorting to violence, yet extol what is in effect gang behavior in professional hockey. I get it that fans love the physicality of hockey, but other equally physical sports (e.g., football, rugby, and for that matter hockey at all levels save the NHL) manage to survive without requiring or allowing the players to act like thugs. Grow up, NHL and Mercury News sportswriters.
Andrew FaberMonte Sereno
Closed schoolshide child abuse
Closed schools damage children educationally, emotionally and socially. We’ve overlooked another problem.
Teachers, among others, are mandated by law to report child abuse to county Child Protective Services. Teachers make up about 20% of those who make reports, according to the
Child Welfare League of America
. From last April through August, reports of suspected child abuse statewide dropped 28% compared to reports during those same months in 2019, according to data from the
California Department of Social Services provided to EdSource
. Georganne Bruce, Director of the Exchange Club Family Support Center For the Prevention of Child Abuse in Downey, reports a 40% drop in reported cases.
One may ask whether the drop in reported cases is the result of less child abuse of fewer eyes on the kids and whether school closures are really necessary. Our children’s lives are at stake.
Phillip GriegoSan Jose
School sports shouldn’tbe tied to COVID tiers
High school athletes are suffering, along with their nonathlete schoolmates. Those that play indoor sports such as basketball and volleyball aren’t slated to start official practices and competitions until we are in the yellow tier, and must start by a specific date to happen at all this academic year.
Stop tying high school sports to the colored tiers. California is the only state that requires less than 1 new case per 100,000 people to play. One state (Hawaii) has canceled basketball this year. Forty-three states are playing or played basketball this academic year and five others have a start date.
Sports participation is a choice, so those comfortable participating should be able to and those that aren’t, won’t. Coaches are ready to coach. It’s time to Let Them (all) Play.
Beth Weber-GuarinoSan Jose
Colleges should ditchtextbooks for digital
As colleges have moved classes online, more professors are relying on paywalled digital homework platforms to get students their assignments. These platforms are expensive for students and not accessible offline. In the recent
U.S. PIRG student survey
, 17% of students skip buying an access code due to cost.
The average price of textbooks sits between $200 and $400. For a full class load, textbook prices could balloon to $1,000 – $1,200 a year.
We could instead be using OERs, or Open Educational Resources: free, often peer-reviewed textbooks teachers can download and personalize for their courses. If California universities worked to develop standards and best practices for OERs then we could work toward an educational system that isn’t held hostage by for-profit companies.
The solution exists to create better textbook affordability, we just need to apply it.
Hannah CohnCALPIRG StudentsSanta Cruz
World should marshalforces to feed Yemen
It is an international scandal of the highest magnitude that
10 million people
are at risk of famine in Yemen.
First, Saudi Arabia needs to stop its hostilities against this vulnerable country. Next, the wealthy countries of the world need to marshal their resources and organize delivery of food to all areas of Yemen working with UNICEF.
There is plenty of food in this world to feed everyone if we are only generous and creative enough to work together to get it where it is needed.
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