Letter for Friday, Nov. 11, 2016

• Birds, Parachini incite frustration

Birds, Parachini incite frustration

In response to Allan Parachini’s opinion piece, (“Birds, brains and football,” Sunday, Oct 16), in which he basically admonishes and shames parents for having the gall to allow their sons to play high-school football; sir, you need to step down off of your high horse. Your arrogance and presumptions are distasteful and insulting.

To counter your most-glaring point, high-school teams practice after school, in the late afternoon, when temperatures are already starting to cool down, not at high noon, when the sun is at its zenith and heat starts to intensify and gradually reach its peak, which is when the Junior Varsity contest starts on Saturdays.

Your statistics and data regarding high-school-athlete concussions lacks any real concern or sympathy, and is nothing more than a thinly veiled attempt at rationalizing your bird crusade.

As a parent of a high-school-football player, my child’s safety and wellbeing is my ONLY concern, and for you to belittle that in a public forum where your opinion is read by many and countered by few is intolerable.

If only we could keep our children close forever and never let them step foot out the front the door…!!

As for the birds, unfortunately they have become an easy target for our frustrations. However, inciting the fervor of proud football parents with haughty admonitions does nothing to inspire creative solutions for an obviously earnest concern.

Loretta Mattos, Kekaha


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