It was a dozen or more years ago, when, always reading my morning Beacon Journal, I would navigate first to the sports section. It was there that I met LeBron James, the St. Vincent-St. Mary star basketball player.
Of special interest to me were articles written by Terry Pluto. It was Pluto who covered the St. V high school basketball team when LeBron was beginning to play team sports.
When reading Pluto’s articles, one couldn’t help but capture his excitement in covering this beginning star. His message was clear: “Go see LeBron, This kid is going to be a star!”
And so, I would recruit whomever I could to attend games to see this up and coming star play. Eventually, the games were moved from St. V to the University of Akron’s gymnasium to accommodate more fans.
In the beginning, I didn’t really know much about the strategy of the game. Becoming an avid fan allowed me to learn the game in a most exciting way.
There were other fringe benefits of watching James back then. For one, the price of tickets was more affordable than current NBA ticket prices.
But the greatest was witnessing a star being born. I am joyfully celebrating the phenom’s return.
Trip without educational value
I want to commend Bob Dyer on his June 29 column article “Bad science is at center of field trip,”
I am bewildered that the Cuyahoga Falls school superintendent would allow a field trip to the Copley Fossils & Science Center.
Was the teacher involved completely unaware of what the purpose of the center is? What was the purported educational outcome of the field trip?
The center is completely against the theory of evolution, which many of these students will be expected to know for standardized tests and for science classes throughout their schooling.
They were given false information. I hope that the school will provide these students a few classes explaining what the scientific facts are about evolution.
King, of the sports pages
Every day, the Beacon Journal dedicates a special section of the newspaper to sports. However, on July 11, the front page was devoted to LeBron James, complete with a huge photo of him that took up the middle of the page and two smaller photos of fans.
The next day, the entire lead section of the newspaper was a special commemorative edition.
Is there no other worthwhile news to report?
What about the deadly rampage in Dallas, where six people were killed execution-style? Or the live smallpox virus found stored at the National Institutes of Health?
At least there was a mention of Putin’s visit to Cuba on Page 10 of the commemorative edition.
I’m sure Cavalier fans are ecstatic over James’ return to Cleveland. But it’s past time to put sports in perspective: LeBron James belongs on the sports pages.
Thanks for reprinting Frederick Douglass’ July 4 speech. I was pleasantly surprised by the inclusive perspective on the challenges our nation continues to work to overcome.
One letter writer was disappointed in the speech because it does not tell both sides of slavery (“What Douglass didn’t say,” July 12). I choose to trust the assertions of Douglass, who lived in slavery.
I wonder if the writer’s “research” was from a site devoted to right-wing propaganda.
Mature mind of James
LeBron James, who outdistanced nearly every high school basketball player in the country, leapt directly from high school to the NBA. The maturity of his intellectual capacity approaches, if not exceeds, his physical gifts.
Sports, an entertainment business, exploits the finesse of athletes challenged with mastering instant wealth and dealing with ethical challenges, which come fast and hard on players little removed from teenage experiences.
James comes home to Cleveland, committed to becoming a billionaire. Along the way, he decided to contribute to the community, which he’s come to re-evaluate.
LeBron James, self-directed mogul who’s got the world on a string, recognizes his good fortune.
Alert on the job
I wish we all had the concentration and drive to “do the job well,” as do the ball boys and girls at the recent Wimbledon Championships. They are always alert and responsive to the movements of the players, without being conspicuous. Officials from the NFL, NBA, Major League Baseball and the World Cup do a good job, but the nature of those games requires greater visibility.