Editor, Casa Grande Dispatch:
Do professional sports in America represent equality? I don't happen to think so. And here is why. Are these athletes we pay exorbitant salaries to each year — whether they play/participate or not — responding to today's racial/economic/social/health, etc. issues with any sense of professionalism? I don't think so. How about the owners of these teams, otherwise considered the bosses of the athletes, or the people who pay these tested and untested athletes more money than most of them are worth? Are these owners being told, by those they employ and pay very generously for working only a very short portion of each year, what can/will be done before, during and after each game? Maybe! I sure wish our teachers, care givers, first responders, police, day care workers, etc. could be reimbursed as well for their skills and time put in on their jobs.
My belief is that much of this comes from fear, based on numbers, of the people they have hired to make them money; and the money these owners stand to lose if they stand up for what this country is about now, and most of us hope it continues to be about — peace, safety, security, fairness for all, equal opportunity for all, one accepted flag, one national song, an educational system available to everyone, a health system that is affordable for all ages, a national support system that is truly supportive of our seniors, one identified national language and the most desired place to live by those who don't have those things now and want them. Maybe then we will be able to consider ourselves one country — the United States of America.