Re “What’s more important: standing or being able to read?” (Page 2D, Sept. 11): Visiting editor Elizabeth Rowan laments the fact that “kids begin playing organized football at age 7.” The key word here is “organized.” Channeling youthful energy into organized activity promotes teamwork, physical fitness, respect for authority and the ability to accept defeat with dignity and winning with humility.
Colin Kaepernick financed a college degree with his ability to throw a football. He was required to study political science, where he found the U.S. Constitution allows him to make political statements that may not be popular. Yes, he learned to read very well in spite of his physical prowess.
We do pay our entertainers outrageous sums for two or three hours of diversion. Given the choice of watching a performance of a play by a long-dead English poet vs. watching the Oakland Raiders lay a whuppin’ on the New Orleans Saints, is not a problem for me. Old Bill loses this one, hands down. Sports enhance learning!
Gene Richards, Modesto