Much can be learned from Anderton article
I read Mike Anderton’s article in the Journal. Yes, I was offended and I suspect you are going to hear from a lot of folks.
However, I have been thinking a lot about this situation. I have known Mike for many years. Did Mike use terrible judgment in choice of words and tone? Yep. Does the fact that it got to print reflect poorly on the paper? Yep. But you know what? The theme of the event itself was compassion and emphasis on something other than the everyday things we mistakenly give far too much importance.
I know that you guys will be faced with a firestorm of criticism this week and in particular, Mike himself. I only hope that as you weigh your response that the message of compassion rings loud.
I firmly believe that Mike will have a difficult time comprehending the furor that he and you are about to experience.
Yes, I know that Mike is extremely intelligent. But I also suspect that he lacks the ability to feel the same amount of empathy that others feel.
For that, he certainly deserves a certain amount of compassion himself.
Don’t get me wrong here, I’m not advocating one way or the other for his continued contributions to the paper. But I am asking that everyone try to look beyond the norm here to see if more could come out of it.
Can Mike actually learn (even at his age) something from this experience? Can the staff itself actually benefit from such a painful circumstance?
You are good people. You do good things. I’m sorry that this has happened to you. But I’m convinced that something good can come from it for all involved.
Building character is more important than winning
I read the recent sports article written by Mike Anderton this past week with interest.
My daughter, who attended the Snohomish/Lake Stevens football game on Sept. 24, shared the experience of Ike Ditzenberger’s touchdown.
Apparently, some of the readers were offended by what Anderton wrote in his article (see apology on the LSJ website). I, too, was frustrated by the article.
The part that frustrated me most was that so many people think that winning a game is more important than anything else.
In the article, Anderton wrote, “Most important is that Lake won last Friday’s football game at Snohomish…”
Working as part of a team is about character building and not just winning. Coaches try to instill certain values and traits in these young men and women.
Apparently, the coaches for both teams in this case have succeeded in their efforts.
Most importantly, these young men showed great character by giving a teammate (and the world) a wonderful experience.
While it is great to win, it is not the most important part of playing a game. While the score of this game will soon be forgotten, these young men will never forget the experience they helped provide to a wonderful young man.
Vikings are being taught more than just football
The online Lake Stevens Journal article posted on Monday, Sept. 27 by Mr. Anderton reflects poorly on him and this community.
I assume Mr. Anderton is a Lake Stevens Journal staffer, though not pictured as such, his article about the Lake Stevens v. Snohomish High School football game did not appear in the editorial section but the sports section.
I refer specifically to his commentary regarding the “asterisk” related to the final score of the game. Really? I am dumbfounded that someone can be so callus and rude as to downplay what many of us think was a great testament to the character and courage of our young people in Lake Stevens, specifically the players on the field for that last play and the fans cheering in the stands.
Whether Coach Tri was aware of the situation or not, it is obvious that Coach Tri and the rest of his coaching staff (and years of coaches and teachers before them) are instilling in our youth more than how to just win a (football) game.
I watched today the YouTube video (which appeared on the Yahoo home page) with goose bumps and misty eyes as our amazing players worked their magic, but this time for a cause greater than themselves. They knew what to do, whether instructed by their coach or not. I watched as they essentially guided that young man to his victory.
All too often we hear about the negative, i.e., Mr. Anderton’s ridiculous commentary regarding the last 10 seconds of a game we were sure to win.
I know I’m not alone in saying to Coach Tri and his staff, the educators of our district, the volunteer sports coaches, the players on the field and the superfans in attendance, thank you for a job well done.
Thank you for the positive example you set for those that are coming up the ranks behind you; and those young kids are watching. Thank you for teaching the players and students of our great home town that a win is great, but that helping others achieve can be even more rewarding.
Head lice shouldn’t be allowed in school
Head Lice now allowed in school? Yes, in Everett and Monroe. Lake Stevens is also discussing changing their policy to allow children with head lice attend public school.
I called the school district to verify this information and it is correct. Parents are welcome to voice their concerns via the school district web page firstname.lastname@example.org, by phone 425-335-1500, or by attending the school board’s biweekly meetings (times and dates on their web page).This policy is determined by the Lake Stevens School Board.
The main reason is, “School absences cause more damage than a head full of lice. No one dies of head lice,” said Dr. Gary Goldbaum, health officer for the Snohomish Health District. “No one even gets sick from head lice.” (source: http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20100921/NEWS01/709219852)
When I called the Lake Stevens School District to discuss this I was told that lice are not like the flu which invades a child’s body and makes them ill.
I would agree, and unlike the flu you can get lice over and over again.
If our child/family gets the flu we are comforted by the knowledge our child/family won’t be getting it again. Children who are not properly treated for head lice and allowed to attend school with lice or nits may continue to spread lice.
The only way to break the cycle of head lice is once it is discovered not to allow children to return to school until they are nit and lice free.
As most can attest, it can be difficult to get rid of lice; in many cases it requires hours and hours of combing to remove all of the nits, in some extreme cases it can require parents to “buzz cut” their child’s hair.
Lice are not something to take lightly and in my opinion not something that should be allowed in our public schools.
Resident thanks Aquafest and Family Center for their service
I live at the Lake Cassidy Resort in Lake Stevens. I have lived here for 15 years. Eight months ago our dumpster was taken away and three months ago our water shut off.
There are seven families living here. We have called and begged for help from everyone we could think of and no one would help us.
But the Lake Stevens Family Center and The Aquafest Committee donated three cases of drinking water per family and have helped us with food.
They are the only ones, with everything we have been through this past year, who have actually cared enough to help us and we send them our love and gratitude. We are truly grateful and forever in their debt.
We love you all very much and want you to know that even though water seems like a little thing to most people, to us it was a windfall.
The Family Center and the Aquafest Committee are in our hearts and we truly, truly appreciate all you have done for us. Thank you so very much.