July 3, 2021

Reconsider pay for college athletes

Tuesday’s column on pay for college athletes by Bill Cotterell states “College sport is a business …” and he argues “players should be able to sell their talents, for the fleeting time they’ll be at their athletic peak.” Players already get scholarships and room and board worth tens of thousands of dollars per year.

The problem is that college sport should not be a business; it should support the educational goals of the institution. Or as Cotterell mentions, “building character and confidence while cultivating physical and mental excellence among student-athletes.” College sports are too big — athletic department budgets are excessive, coaches are paid too much, and there is too much attention to its non-educational values. Baseball develops and recruits Major League players through its minor leagues. Colleges serve this purpose for football and basketball. This should change.

To see how athletic programs should operate just look at our local college athletic programs: at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Bethune-Cookman University, Daytona State College and Stetson University — successful programs that successfully integrate academics and sports.

Tom Hilburn, Ormond Beach

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April 28, 2021

https://www.news-journalonline.com/story/opinion/letters/2021/04/28/joe-mullins-should-read-consitution-anti-riot-bill-justified/4857478001/ 

READ IT, THEN REVERE IT Monday’s paper reported on the Flagler Commission’s resolution to “support the Constitution.” The commission’s vice chair claimed that Twitter’s action shutting down former President Donald Trump’s Twitter page was an infringement of his First Amendment rights. The First Amendment states “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or …”. The government (Congress) had nothing to do with Twitter’s action. The Constitution does not apply to freedom of speech restrictions by non-government organizations. For example, this newspaper decides what it will print (like letters to the editor) and is not subject to First Amendment violations. I suggest before a group comments on the Constitution, they should read the Constitution. Thomas Hilburn, Ormond Beach