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‘Go Blue or Go Home’

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From page A5 | May 20, 2013 |

EDITOR:

I cannot believe what Mr. Barnes is doing at El Dorado High School. How dare he take down a wall recognizing 30-40 stellar football athletes from 30 years ago to replace it with a wall recognizing a myriad of outstanding athletes from all of El Dorado’s history. Why are we recognizing more recent athletes when we can recognize a small group of athletes from 30 years ago that barely anyone currently at the school remembers? Shouldn’t we be “inspiring the young athletes of today” by being egocentric and telling them that they should only be recognized if they win a lot? We shouldn’t recognize any athletes, even the outrageously hardworking ones, who don’t have the success of our football team from the 80s. Sportsmanship is about taking all the glory for oneself, not about sharing the glory of being on a wall with other hardworking athletes. It’s disgusting to imagine our old football players sharing a wall with members of the current Ski/Snowboard team; a team that is feared throughout the state because they’re so good. They don’t deserve that.

I completely agree with the man who said, “El Dorado High School could be placed in more capable hands.” I advocate that Mr. Barnes be fired. We can easily find a replacement. We all know that everyone in our community would put all their time, effort and love into the school. We all know that any random person given the principal job would go out of his/her way to befriend every student at school. And we especially know that anyone else would always make decisions that would always be liked by every member of our community, because everyone else is perfect.

Sarcasm aside: there’s a saying at El Dorado — “Go Blue or Go Home.” It means to be school spirited and love the school’s entire history, or simply, just leave. If you’re still mad at Mr. Barnes, I leave you with an ultimatum: Go Blue or Go Home.

STEVEN RODERIGUEZ
Pollock Pines

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