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ALL WRITEY! A SAMPLING OF YOUR COMMENTS / CRITICISMS / LOVE NOTES / WITTICISMS

MAY 13, STEVE LOWERY’S “VOTE TO BOYCOTT ARIZONA PRESENTS SOUTHERN CALIFORNIANS WITH A REALLY-NOT-ALL-THAT HARDSHIP”

“Leaving locals scurrying to figure out how the state will go on without 200 Arizonans in rented Ford Focuses unclear on the concept of merging while accelerating.” Brilliant! / HOWARD X

Closing paragraph is the best. I would’ve extended it: “…just a big hole, can we go…to Disneyland?!”..in California! / DWR

 Man, I hate it when the readers write my stuff better than me. Damn you, DWR! (If that is your real name.) / STEVE LOWERY

I’ll be boycotting Los Angeles for boycotting a state that has its law enforcement officers abide by and enforce federal law. Where are the calls to boycott the federal government? It is the federal statutes that are being enforced. By boycotting a state enforcing federal law the City Of Los Angeles, and San Francisco, Denver, etc., are stating they are in support of illegal immigration and the crime and havoc it wrecks on Arizona and other border states, such as California. I look forward to my next vacation in Arizona and will spend no money in any city that engages in one of these boycotts. / DENNIS

MAY 11, DAVE WIELENGA’S “DISQUALIFIED FOR HER FRIENDSHIP BRACELET? THAT’S MY STORY (ON SPORTS ILLUSTRATED WEBSITE)–AND I’M LINKING TO IT

While I feel bad for this girl who was disqualified, I have to chime in. I have coached track for 20 years and now officiate on a part-time basis. The rules are very clear, and it was Robin Laird’s coach’s responsibility to make sure each athlete adhered to all of the rules, not just the big rules. Do I think this rule is stupid? Yes, absolutely, and that is why as a clerk-of-the-course, I remind the athletes to remove earring, rings and bracelets. There are many weird rules but it is important to teach athletes about living within the rules life will offer down the road. / SCOTT SCHULTE

 “This is my 30th year coaching track,” [Monrovia Coach Mike] Knowles said a few days later. “I know a lot of rules and regulations.” But obviously, he knows nothing about sportsmanship. Great life lesson, coach. Also, just because it once happened to you does not mean it is an appropriate tactic to use now. I, too, have coached for years (35) at both the international (FIFA/USSA) and local levels, and trust me, coaches look and see everything. Rather than decide it on the competitive nature of sports, Knowles chose to use this. He could have spoken to the other coach ahead of time. Sportsmanship not victory above everything else. Enjoy your hard won championship. / PHIL GREENE

MAY 11, IRIS YOKOI’S “MEETING MOSES SONKO: FINDING A WORLD WIDE WEB IN MY OWN TOWN

I see an interesting irony between the fact that the Gambians value education so highly they will scrape together $25 a semester they cannot afford, and yet those of us who school our children in the Long Beach Unified School District aren’t willing to pay any tuition at all. / LB CITYGIRL

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