Re: “Bethel rallies but falls short in Texas heat” (TNT, 9-3).
Apparently, Bethel High School in Pierce County went to Odessa, Texas, to play the game.
Can someone explain to me why – in the midst of our severe economic crisis, when state programs for the elderly and disabled and money for education is being cut – can a high school send a team, coaches and who knows how many other people to Texas to play a meaningless football game?
Now, I am not picking on Bethel. A more complete scan of the high school football schedule reveals that we also have schools going to California, Oregon, Idaho and Canada to play.
I love high school sports. In fact, our daughter played varsity basketball for three years, which had a huge impact on keeping her in school at the time. I am, however, at a loss to figure out how this happens today, when there just plain is not enough money to cover essentials.
As taxpayers, we need to ask the school districts how they determine priorities and who decides that an out-of-state pigskin field trip is warranted when good teachers are getting pink slips.