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August 16, 2013

KELLY: What do you think IX

By WILLIAM J. KELLY

College football

Many college and university football coaches are pushing the NCAA to approve paying college players. One coach thought the players needed spending money of at least $300 per month. Wow!

When I went to school, my monthly spending money was $5, and that was whether I needed it or not. That was in the 1930s, and I made do with the $5. I could go out for a spaghetti dinner and an illegal beer on Saturday evening for $1, including tip.

Now the value of money’s purchasing power has decreased dramatically since the days of 10 cents per gallon of gasoline. I would wager that all of you men out there working hard to feed, clothe and house your families would love to have $300 free and clear for spending money each month. What do you think?  

College football again

I love watching college football. It is played by amateurs with the goal of bringing glory and honor to their school by being a big winner. Sometimes mistakes are made, but more often, unusual exciting plays are made.

That is what it was until the coming of pro football. Now the goal of a lot of players is to be a star player and to be drafted into the pro leagues. Some do not complete their college degree. Big money is the object. If we begin to pay college players, will it eventually spill over into high school players?

I personally oppose paying college football players. They already get sports scholarships, so surely their families could provide them with a reasonable amount of spending money. What do you think?

Fort Hood massacre

Hasan, the murderer, cannot be called a terrorist because the military law has no such term for an American soldier. Where have the airheads been since 9-11?

Terrorism is everywhere, and because we have admitted Muslims into the military, it should have been an obvious thinking that a terrorist act would occur eventually, and I suspect there will more in the future.

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