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NFL: Congress has more pressing priorities

Letter by Nick Malden, Tacoma on March 26, 2012 at 12:31 pm with 4 Comments »
March 26, 2012 2:59 pm

Re: “Senate calls hearings on bounties” (TNT, 3-23).

With unemployment above 8 percent, an ongoing mortgage crisis, problems with access to health care, $4 gasoline, a generation likely less well educated than their parents (not to mention any international issues), the U.S. Senate plans hearings to review $1,500 payments between adults to encourage vigorous tackling in a sport where tackling is legal?

Are you kidding me? Hasn’t the National Football League already taken dramatic action? What’s next? Legislation on brush-back pitches in baseball?

Is it any wonder we have the issues we have when our federal government prioritizes hearings on the inanities of sport over addressing the real problems of society? We can’t realistically vote them all out, but perhaps we could begin asking for civil debate on issues that matter.

How about encouraging the Washington delegation to at least publicly condemn the “football hearings” as a waste of the people’s time?

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  1. LornaDoone says:

    In March of 2005, when we had a Republican House, Republican Congress and a Republican Administration, Congress held hearings about steriod use in baseball. During that time, our country was involved in two wars that were stripping us of money left and right, because the Republicans had put their foxy friends in charge of the henhouse

    Did you write a letter to the editor then, or just now because some right wing website told you to do it?

  2. Vox_clamantis_in_deserto says:

    Oh Lortini, you’re just mad ‘cuz that big strappin’ Roger Clemens guy got caught perjuring himself before Congress at those same hearings.

  3. The current Congress has accomplish less than perhaps any previous Congress. Choosing a symbolic issue to “tackle” is right up their alley.

  4. Perfect example of a lacking in “civilized debate” Lorna! Why would you assume I read right wing websites. Frankly, I don’t read any “wing” website, but I agree the baseball hearings were equally stupid and a total waste of time. I didn’t get around to writing the paper about it, but that doesn’t diminish the point of my recent letter.

    From your comment I assume you believe debating football rules in Congress is a good use of their time because they previously debated baseball and that is truly sad.

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