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Thoughts on sports

To the Valley News:

The April 7 issue of the Valley News published an article entitled "Without Beagle-ball or merger, Keene seeks answers to merger needs" of which I was quoted in. Prior to the March school board meeting at Keene Central, I was asked to attend to present my point of view on the issue of merging Keene Central sports with other schools. I did not expect parts of which I had to say to be published in the Valley News. I understand it is difficult for a newspaperman to get the gist of a story into a newspaper into a short article and Mr. Lobdell did a good job. Yet, if I am going to be quoted in bits and pieces, and school board meetings are supposed to be public information, the readers of the Valley News should know exactly what my speech was to the KCS school board meeting at their March meeting. Mr. Lobdell is correct. I don't support a merger one bit!

Dear Keene Central Board of Education: In reference to merging our sports program with E'town or another district, it isn't just about the student enrollment. Give this some thought. Some of us may think we need E'town but they don't need us. This is a complicated issue and many are at fault. Therefore, it is not just about the numbers. It is understandable that athletics aren't for everyone. With that alone the numbers decrease. Attitude will decrease the numbers as well. The reasons of not playing the sport because of not liking the coach and not thinking there'll be enough playing time are the wrong attitude. Not wanting to play because it interferes with after school free time is wrong also. Team sports only come around once in a lifetime. Facebook, video games, etc. will always be there.

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