Letters to the editor for week of June 6, 2009 | TahoeDailyTribune.com

Letters to the editor for week of June 6, 2009

South Tahoe Baseball came into its own over the past six years. It wasn’t only because of the increased caliber of baseball players, it had a lot to do with the leadership of Matt Tillson.

Having heard that he was relieved of his duties, I was absolutely outraged. High school sports are about a couple things: athletic progression and life progression. Under the leadership of Matt Tillson, these two principles were extremely prevalent in every game and practice.

Over the past year, the athletic department decided to set up this policy to make coaches reapply for their jobs. What a joke! Coaches should be given reviews by both the players and the parents to sum up the job they have done. Then the athletic director, with all the powers he has, should make an honest, unbiased call as to whether the coach should keep his job.

In the case of Matt Tillson, I think the whole honest, unbiased call went directly out the window. Matt Tillson is an inspirational coach who instilled more than baseball knowledge into his players. What I have come to learn while playing under Matt Tillson is this: ” If you are to take one thing away of your time with me, I want you to grow not only as a baseball player but also as a man.” This quote left an undeniable mark on my life.

This man without a doubt has made a significant change in my life, and I can confidently say that he has changed other players’ lives. Matt Tillson in no way deserves to get fired, period.

I have absolutely no confidence in the sports program at STHS now. If there is going to be a shuffle with the baseball program, there should also be a change at the athletic director position. I think he should be reviewed under the same exact policy as every other coach. I sincerely hope change is on the way.

Jason Winslow


Spring has sprung and our wildlife is in full production. Recently our nest of jays, in our fenced yard, was attacked by a neighborhood cat. Two of the baby jays are now deceased. Needless to say our family is very upset about it and the jay parents were in much distress. I saw the cat as it was hopping back over our fence on its way out as I drove in the driveway, a yellow tabby with a white collar on. Letting your cat out, not in your yard or home, without a leash is illegal. There is a reason that domesticated animals are not allowed to roam free and this is one of the reasons. Please remember that your cats, dogs, etc. are not allowed to roam free. Keep our wildlife safe! Thank you.

Melissa Odlin


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