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Diehl decision part of world we don’t understand

DEAR EDITOR:

It is difficult these days to decipher in the media what is true and what is opinion. Journalists used to report facts and let readers decide what side to take up. It certainly doesn’t feel that way any longer. The whole story isn’t always what we get. This applies to COVID-19, police and the BLM movement, and the politics we drown in daily.

Everybody is entitled to their opinion, but sadly, if you share it and rub the party of the week wrong, you get fired. You say “white lives matter,” and you’re racist? You find fault with vandalism, looting and burning our cities, and you’re prejudiced?

We live in a world we don’t understand.

Then you read a coach who does his job, 514-289, sends kids to Division I-II-III and most importantly adulthood ready to take on this world. But wait. After 26 years they figure out he wasn’t doing his job? What was he doing? No, what was the administration doing letting him mold these kids and making them work hard, making them good teammates and better people? Why wasn’t he gone long ago?

If any of us ever coached our kids or a team, you know the kids aren’t the problem. It’s the parents who want to tell you how to do it, but won’t help out every night. They just critique you from the sidelines. And when their kid doesn’t play enough, the coach must go because he doesn’t know what he’s doing. Making their daughter run an extra lap or five, take another 50 free throws to get better? They don’t see the need to tire out their kid! So, off to the principal’s or superintendent’s office to share their displeasure, not to the coach to get the facts and have the player share their side with the coach there to clarify. No, we paint him incapable and the wrong guy for the job. A picture with the kids in swimsuits? Oh my God! But wait. It was at a basketball camp, taken by a dad of a player? Weird when you hear the whole story.

Accusing and insinuating wrongdoing is a slippery slope that you may soon slide down yourself.

Coach Diehl was, and is, an exemplary role model and coach. But when things don’t go some people’s way, the “cancel culture” thinks nothing of shredding a life of memories and success. John Diehl should hold his head high, for we live in a world we don’t understand!

BERNARD CARPENTER

Howland

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