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Tuesday, June 10, 2003

Call 471-6636

I lost a cell phone at Sav-A-Lot. If anyone has found it, please return it to the store.

I'm calling about your sports reporting. How come you don't report all the kids in the Sikeston Little League who get hits? You seem to only report the coaches' kids and some of the other "important" kids. If you're going to do that, you should put everyone in there.

This is in reply to the person who was talking about the Little League coaches not being fair to the other players. I started coaching at the age of 15. Now, over 20 years later, it's the same thing. People get jealous of talented players and the rule of thumb is that the talented players are often coaches' kids because the coaches work harder with their kids away from practices than other parents do. Some parents sign their kids up for sports when the kids don't want to be there in the first place. In those cases, coaches don't get enough credit for the kids who are just sent out there for us to babysit for a couple of hours. For you parents who work with your kids, I applaud you. You're doing a great job. Everyone needs to understand that not all coaches are like that. So give us good guys some credit and good coaches will make good players.

Stop blaming the coaches. The Sonic dollar is for soccer and the coaches do not turn in the scores. Whoever keeps the scores during the games turns the information in to whoever is in charge, and they turn it in to the paper. Maybe those complaining need to discuss this with their league president or do something themselves, other than complaining.

I was so happy to read JoAnn Emerson's column on May 21. She is the first politician in Missouri to address the plight of our senior citizens who have low income. The Democrats and Republicans alike ignore the fact that some of our people are living on a few hundred dollars a month and still have to pay for medicine. Remember at election time to look closely at what concerns the candidates the most and vote against those in favor in cutting Medicaid and Medicare. Lanie Black, Jim Talent and our own Gov. Bob Holden have pushed through these cuts. Ask an employee at the Division of Family Services. They will confirm this. Thank you, Mrs. Emerson, for your honest article. I, for one, will be voting for you.

I think some of the department supervisors at Missouri Delta Medical Center are in need of communication skills. Being over a department doesn't give you the right to belittle an employee. Housekeepers, food service workers and laundry people are people too and this ridicule does nothing for one's morale. If it is respect you want, it must be earned.

In response to your editorial on May 30, I thought you would know that that's the way politics works and Governor Holden is finally learning something from the Republicans.