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Build youth up, don’t tear them down

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From page A8 | March 23, 2014 |

I think that your coverage of the Rodriguez Mustangs boys basketball is very hit and miss. They won a game in the state championship playoffs, but the next day there was no mention of it. On the other hand, there are highlights from three other local teams.

The loss to Jesuit was heartbreaking and demoralizing to the boys and the article in your paper did them a great disservice.

When the opening paragraph basically states that the only question was “would they be the biggest losers or tie for the title?” I think it’s an insult to the school, the coaches and most of all the players. I would expect this from Sacramento’s paper, but from our own paper, in our own town? Come on.

What about including the facts that the team has broken school records for the longest winning streak? Or perhaps that they have never gotten this far in the playoffs?

Our kids are working so hard and it was so disheartening to see how their most memorable night of basketball (so far) was portrayed.

While I know that the news needs to state the facts, I also know that it can be slanted in several different ways. I think a more positive approach and maybe some consideration for the home team and our local youth would have been prudent in this case.

Isn’t there enough bad news about our youth? Let’s build them up, not tear them down!

Whitney Skillman

Fairfield

Editor’s note: Coverage of the Rodriguez High boys basketball team’s win in the Northern California playoffs was featured at the top of Page B1 on March 13.

 

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