1. Opinion

My husband played basketball for the Gators, and he was fairly 'paid’ in education and honor

Tuesday’s letters to the editor
Published Nov. 4

Right play is to pay college athletes | Editorial, Oct. 31

Here’s what my husband was 'paid’ to play for the Gators

As the wife of a former student athlete, a basketball player at the University of Florida, I’d like to express my opinion on this editorial. My husband played on the Florida Gators basketball team in the 1960s, indeed, a long time ago. He only received $25 per month for laundry, but he also received a four-year college education. He received room, board (ate at the athletic training table), tuition, books and fees for four years. In today’s money, that is worth $28,659 a year as an in-state student, or $114,636 for the four years. If he had been out of state, it would have been worth $38,718 a year, or $144,872 for four years. Why is this not considered “pay”? He graduated debt-fee, no student loans. I believe student athletes are already being “paid” but perhaps a stipend could be given of $100 or $200 a month? From what I’ve been told, players’ families receive free game tickets, families are flown to the bowl games, and players are outfitted with suits for appearances. It used to be an honor to play on an athletic scholarship. Remember, the students are receiving a college education for their efforts. They are indeed being “paid.”

Kathleen Stokes, Brandon

It takes a village to cut teen car thefts | Editorial, Oct. 29

Parents who care

I grew up in a neighborhood where all the adults took it upon themselves to keep an eye on all the children. But first and foremost, we need parents who actually care. When I was the age of some of these car thieves, I had to be home by a certain time, and if I wasn’t, my mother, father or both parents would go out looking for me, or call around. The same went for my peers. We didn’t need ankle monitors; the overseers were in the home or down the block. That’s why I was shocked when I read the 2017 Tampa Bay Times’ series “Hot Wheels” with these youngsters free to roam the streets at all times of the night and early morning. Officials keep looking for solutions outside the home, but that is where they have to start if this problem is ever going to get under control.

Joseph Brown, Tampa

Take the ‘joy’ out of teen joyriding | Letter, Nov. 1

Joy rides and the Golden Rule

I have to commend the person who wrote the wonderful letter regarding taking the “joy” out of joyriding. If only our officials would take this simple advice we would see a significant change in our community. When I was young and did some thoughtless thing that hurt someone else, my mother would always ask, “How would you feel if someone did that to you?” By following the steps outlined by the writer, we could help rehabilitate young lives so that they might become the kind of citizens we need. Indeed, these steps are similar to what our school system needs to follow. They are called “restorative practices,” because they restore children rather than casting them aside and leaving them unreformed to continue offending.

Ralph Madison, St. Petersburg

The impeachment inquiry

Why the inquiry is occurring

The president is not the subject of an impeachment inquiry for attaching strings to American foreign aid for Ukraine. He is being investigated, as he should be, for tying those strings to what’s good for himself, instead of what’s good for America.

Johnny Wells, Tampa


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