Not much to feel good about | Column, Feb. 8
Super spending doesn’t feel right
I understand Principal Henry Darby, who works a second job to provide for the needy students of his school in South Carolina. Many times, as educators, my husband and I provided necessary eyeglasses for our students. Many times, we provided shoes and clothing so middle school students would feel comfortable coming to school. The schools where I taught offered shower facilities and washing machines for health and cleanliness.
Then I read about the opulence of the Super Bowl. Yes, it’s great for Tampa Bay. Yes, it brought in revenue and employment for people in need. But let’s take a look at the other end. Patrons paid thousands for a ticket, hundreds to park and purchase food and souvenirs. The winning team members each receive a Super Bowl ring costing over $5,000 each plus $150,000 each for winning on top of overpaid salaries. Just think how many communities could be served with adequate housing, food, health care and necessities for families to survive with such money.
Millions of dollars for a game? Somehow that doesn’t seem equitable in the greatest country in the world for some to get so much for throwing and catching a ball where others just want a life for their families and education for their children. It is also a travesty that players are paid millions while those who educated those same players receive so little.
Carol Hess, Hudson
Leader of the believers | Feb. 7
Watching ‘The Brady Bunch’
What a wonderful lesson “The Brady Bunch” taught us in never giving up, even when you are labeled the underdog. Believe in yourself. When you fall, get back up and make that touchdown pass. Bringing quarterback Tom Brady and Rob “the Gronk” Gronkowski to Tampa Bay was a terrific deal. Brady leads and brings the family together, in good times and bad. They are brothers and watch each other’s backs. As a husband and devoted father, Brady is a good example to all. We should learn to be like him, healthy in mind, body and spirit. Plus, the Super Bowl allowed us to take our minds off of the COVID-19 fears, even if just for a few hours.
Kathryn Hartman, South Pasadena
Bucs win | Feb. 8
In reality, not so ‘woke’
While I am very happy for Tampa Bay with the success of the Buccaneers and a great Super Bowl, I am troubled once again by the NFL’s hypocrisy. The whole theme was how woke the NFL is about racism — propaganda, videos, donations, commercials. But did I miss something? For what team has Colin Kaepernick been playing? This guy brought systemic racism to people’s attention, and the NFL crushed his career. When he finally takes a snap in a game, I’ll believe they mean it.
Fred Grunewald, Land O’ Lakes
Female official makes history | Jan. 20
Qualified to make history
Regarding Sarah Thomas, the first woman to referee a Super Bowl: It’s a great start for opening all sports to the best qualified for the job. You go, girl!
Doug Ross, Spring Hill
Vaccine website delivers confusion | Feb. 5
When will it be my turn?
Does anyone know if or when anyone under the age of 65 will be able to get a vaccine? Any information about how and when things will progress in the state would make it easier to “be patient.”
Holly Wilke, Port Richey