Coach Davis is great inspiration
To the editor:
After reading the articles on Coach Anthony Davis, I was saddened by the lack of support for this compassionate coach, mentor, father and friend. I see and work with this man most every day at Kahle Recreation Center. His love for coaching and excellence, along with his dedication and spirit, has amazed me in the years that I have known him.
I, too, am a teacher of children with preschoolers, and know the importance of a good role model. I have a preschooler of my own that I searched all over this community to find someone I believed to be a positive influence in his little life.
Coach Davis is positive, inspiring, and his ethics and morals are commendable. I’ve seen him study, research and always thirsty to improve his skills. I’ve seen coaches, parents and students as well as community leaders come to him for advice and help along with guidance to improve an athlete. I might add that he is always asked to volunteer and he always does.
Never does he complain, never does he lose his commitment, and never does he lose his smile and happiness with what he’s doing for a student. On days when I may feel out of sorts and down, he is the first one who gives me my pep talk and reminds me why I’m a teacher.
This community needs to come to the support of Coach Davis and be thankful that when your child is in his care or his program, you know that child is being nurtured and coached with a lot of professionalism, support, encouragement and love.
Thank you, Coach Davis, for being a positive influence in my life, my family’s life and of course, my little preschooler’s, who must always be protected and guided in this great big and cruel world.
Sher Eymann, South Lake Tahoe
STAR recreation plan still has some holes
To the editor:
A couple of things are bothering me about the proposed STAR recreation plan. In a letter to the editor printed in your paper by John Upton, he mentions that the proposed cost to homeowners will be about $18 annually. This seems to be a reasonable amount to pay for a benefit that could be enjoyed by all people, as long as visitors to our community pay their “fair share.” He fails to detail what commercial properties will pay and how “tourists,” who will utilize these amenities, will contribute. Why?
As far as I have been able to discern, the proposal is for bike trails, an ice rink and ballfields. Certainly these are all necessary recreational facilities, but they are all for “active” forms of recreation. I have not been able to find one item in the proposal that addresses our need for “passive” recreational opportunities (e.g. art, theater, music, etc.).
As I read more about this proposal, it seems to be lacking in a great many areas that need to be addressed before being approved by the voters.
Beth Catalano, South Lake Tahoe
Eternal vigilance is price of liberty
To the editor:
Noah Webster, founding father of American education, believed it was difficult for a people enlightened to their God-given rights and the purpose and principles of government to fall prey to civil tyranny. But ignorance in these most important of temporal matters, he wrote, “cramps the powers of the mind, at the same time that it blinds (a people) to their natural rights.” If Webster were alive today, he would be appalled by politicians who, instead of inspiring us to pursue liberty with all valor and vigilance, pander to our fears and ignorance.
In principle, America is a nation of laws, not men. In practice, we pretend to abide the principle. And to include federal officials in the charade, they’re required to take an oath to “support and defend the Constitution.” But of course, very few take the oath seriously. If they did, we wouldn’t have a federal budget of $1.7 trillion and the average taxpayer wouldn’t labor from January to mid-May just to pay for a paternalistic government.
Sadly, a suicidal crusade for “cradle to grave” FederalCare has replaced liberty as the great American Cause. Apparently, the crusaders fail to understand that the object of the Constitution is not to create and care for government serfs but to secure the blessings of liberty to free citizens.
“Were we directed from Washington when to sow and when to reap,” wrote Jefferson, “we should soon want bread.” Not only do many Americans look to government for bread, but have come to think its provision a right. And “rights,” once understood in the light of natural law, now include everything from the right to universal health care and childcare to the right to free abortions. The hypocrisy inherent in the quest to provide federally-funded childcare and abortions illustrates the growing national blindness – not to mention the complete perversion of the purpose of government.
The failure of the educational system to teach the purpose of government and the responsibilities of citizenship, and the media’s contempt for or ignorance of the Constitution, has contributed greatly to the misleading of America. Nevertheless, it’s time the American people answered a fundamental question: Do we want to be subjects or citizens of America? Do we want government to continue “wasting the labor of the people under the pretense of taking care of us,” or do you want government to secure our God-given rights and perform only those duties enumerated in the Constitution?
Jefferson warned that “the natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground.” A vote for any politician who promises to do for you what you are free to do for yourself is a vote against liberty. It is a vote that says, “I am not capable of taking care of myself, my family, or helping a neighbor in need.” And that is the mindset of a subject, not a free citizen.
If eternal vigilance is the price of liberty, then servitude is surely payment for ignorance and lethargy.
Greg Tucker, South Lake Tahoe
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