Letters to the Editor

Less sports?

February 6, 2008


To the editor:

I agree wholeheartedly with the sentiments expressed in the Saturday Column, Feb. 2, that "Attention to athletics exceeds far more significant matters." May I therefore assume, since the writer is the editor of the Lawrence Journal-World, that from now on we shall see in this newspaper much more prominent and detailed coverage of local, national and world events of real importance and a significant reduction in paper space devoted to local and national sports coverage? Or will this commentary prove to be just empty words.

Charles Wyttenbach,



Bill Lee 9 years, 11 months ago

The number one force influencing newspaper content is not editorial considerations, but advertising. As long as local businesses want their ads on the sports pages, there will be pages to accommodate them.

Bob Reinsch 9 years, 11 months ago

Idle hands... There are some things that can be taught by participation in sports that aren't taught well in other activities. Teamwork, perseverence in the face of adversity, and good sportsmanship i.e. being a good winner/loser are important. Also, if the kids aren't encouraged to participate in sports, what will happen with the time? Will they sit around, eat junk food and play video games, or perhaps discover the wonderful worlds of breaking and entering, vandalism, and adolescent sexual discovery. It's important to keep the kids busy, setting goals, learning to work with others, as well as developing motivation and leadership skills, not to mention the obvious health benefits of training and maintaining a healthy lifestyle for the purpose of competition. If you don't want your kids participating, I understand. It's elective, but let's not be ignorant of the benefits.

mom_of_three 9 years, 11 months ago

maybe the sports section will stay the same, and the "real" news coverage will get bigger.

I agree with braincase that sports are important for kids for all the reasons mentioned.
And I would like more coverage of local sports. (there was no coverage of junior high basketball and very little of wrestling this year on-line)

Richard Heckler 9 years, 11 months ago

Overall sports activities include a very small percentage of students.

Do sports teach aggressiveness or getting along? Why are so many jocks the tough guys? Jocks seem to feel rather elite wouldn't you say?

Does being a jock prevent eating junk food and doing video games?

There are many ways to keep children busy. A healthy lifestyle begins at home. Both are a job parents.

There is always: Art Music Dancing Woodworking Horticulture Chess Club Volunteering in the Community Cycling Drama Debate

although most of the above receives barely a fraction of the acknowledgement.

Gary Sandell 9 years, 11 months ago

Merrill says:"Do sports teach aggressiveness or getting along? Why are so many jocks the tough guys? Jocks seem to feel rather elite wouldn't you say?"

Sounds like merrill was shoved into the locker by the jocks on a few occassions.

salad 9 years, 11 months ago

JW Sports reporting gameplan:

1.) Write about KU Basketball & KU Football. 2.) Ignore everything else.

Chris Golledge 9 years, 11 months ago

Merrill has it. I played a couple of sports, and yeah, that was a valuable time for me, but there is a lot more to life, and, yeah, I saw plenty of people who acted like sports and competition, as opposed to cooperation, were the main purpose of life. I also did speech and debate, art club, and scouts; so, sports was just another learning activity as far as I was concerned.

It wasn't for me like harley describes, but I do agree I see too much of sports for kids being about winning and not much about working/playing with others.

Confrontation 9 years, 11 months ago

If you rely on the LJWorld for any "prominent and detailed coverage of local, national and world events of real importance," then you have some serious issues.

By the way, KU sports are much more interesting than any crap that goes on elsewhere in this town.

Richard Heckler 9 years, 11 months ago

Being involved in sports can destroy a childs self esteem and encourage depression if a child gets cut instead of making the cut. Then parents have the real challenge in their face.

mom_of_three 9 years, 11 months ago

I have one who participates in school sports. There is teamwork involved, as well as proper attitudes and attention to grades. She is also involved in other school activities.
Sports can be a positive experience, too

nwkshawk 9 years, 11 months ago

What if a child doesn't make the chess team? Will that ruin their self esteem too? Life is full of adversity, cradle to grave. We all want our children to be safe and happy, but at some point they are going to be disappointed. It's how they (and we parents) respond that really matters. Whether it's not getting to play on the football team, not being good at chess, or struggling in Math class, childrens' self esteem will take bumps and bruises. Sports can be good or bad for a child, just like anything else. Let's not be too quick to condemn them just because not all of us were good at them.

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