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January 5, 2014

Letters to the Editor: 01/05/2014

Hope for progress

Author Peter Leschak, of Side Lake , Minn., recently wrote a column for the Minneapolis Star Tribune concerning the nature of the game. Some excerpts include: “Coach Lombardi of the Packers said football is a “game that requires the constant conjuring of animosity.”

Famous player and announcer Frank Gifford, quipped pro football is like nuclear warfare. There are no winners, just survivors.

The British newspaper The Guardian recently noted, the number of Americans killed in all the wars since 1775 is 1.7 million. The number of Americans killed by firearms, including suicides since 1968 is 1.38 million.

Mr. Leschak asks, could there be a connection between such violence and the nation’s favorite game? Could American history be caricatured as brief periods of peaceful commerce separated by outbursts of war production ? After all, the United States has known only 21 years without war in its 237-year history.

This is pretty depressing. But thinking of the true meaning of Christmas, we can become optimistic that football will not only survive, but more importantly — the nation will experience progress in the governing for all the people. Peace.

Thomas E. Hagan

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