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Dear Editor:

I have recently attended a high school boys basketball game. Our team is struggling, but improving right along, and it's fun to just watch them as they improve. What isn't fun to watch is the poor sportsmanship exhibited - not by the fans, officials or participants of either team, but by the opposing coach. At one of the games we attended, our team was down by approximately 50 points when the opposing coach called a time out and just bellered at his team at the top of his lungs, threw his clipboard on the floor which made a noise closed to the sound of a gun shot, and continued to holler at his team.

Come on - is this good sportsmanship? I realize coaches do holler at their teams periodically, but to carry on like this is uncalled for. He is not teaching his own students or anyone else good sportsmanship or leadership. He does have an excellent team, but being coached by what I would call a "belittling bulls" must be extremely hard for the team, their families and fans.

Shouldn't coaches have to follow the same WIAA sportsmanship rules that the teams, officials, and fans have to follow? I think they should!!

Thanks for hearing me out.

Sincerely

Janice Kowalkowski (a fan of the Goodman-Armstrong Creek-Pembine Patriots)



Dear Editor:

It is great that folks from Peshtigo have decided to set up an independent citizen's committee to deal with the needs of their school. Taking the administrator, school board and the consulting/design company out of the equation is smart. Taking a year to figure it out may not be enough time though.  I'd guess that 18 to 24 months would be more realistic myself.

It is a shame that the school administrator and school board bought land several times without closely assessing the needs of the school and feelings of the tax payers. They also overpaid for this land I feel.  It is not like big businesses are buying land and expanding into the immediate area.

I suggest that a blog be set up on the internet as it is cheap and easy to do.  It costs about $1 a month for the blog hosting and name.  I have a blog for my water ski boat business and this is what my blog costs me.  My labor is free as I do it in my spare time.  Thousands of people visit my blog each month.  

The committee, not the school, should get a simple logical blog name like www.peshtigoschoolcommittee.com and set up an email address as well.  Having a phone number that people can call and leave messages should be a must too, as is keeping it all well away from the administration, school board and the consulting/design company. Forget Facebook as many of us want little if anything to do with this medium of communication. Blogging is still very popular.

 I think a 15 person committee would be a good working size as they should be able to get 9 to 11 people to the regularly scheduled meetings. Regularly scheduled meetings is a must as well. How about Sunday evenings? Not many meetings on Sunday night.

As a taxpayer of Peshtigo property that cannot vote I see this plan as a way to get rolling on solving the needs of the school district if there truly are some.  Asking the taxpayers to fund pie in-the-sky ideas with no real plans after buying expensive land has not worked in many places.

 Pete Pfankuch


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