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Pleasanton Preps: Decision to postpone high school sports again makes me 'as mad as hell'

Original post made on Nov 25, 2020

With high school sports, at least the kids had Dec. 7 as the carrot to point their hopes toward. Now that is gone and who knows when they will have another hope to cling to, if one even arises. So, where do we direct our anger?

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Posted by Claudette McDermott
a resident of Del Prado
on Nov 25, 2020 at 3:38 pm

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I think all contact sports should be at a halt. Where do you put the anger? Put it towards understanding that a pandemic that has taken so many lives in all age groups continue to rise, because there are a number of people who just don't want to deal with COVID in the way we are told by the professionals.

Use this as a teaching time for students and adults who would rather enjoy today and feel tomorrow will take care of itself. It's that thinking that has gotten us here today. Infections, hospitalizations and death on the rise. Teach that we need to be less social, limit contact outside of your household, and only go out when necessary to grocery shop, dental & doctor visits, and work when masked and distancing it available. Do this and the numbers will drop and we can begin again with strict guidelines.

Until then, we will continue to have issues with angry people wanting to hide their heads in the sand and hope it away, thinking only of themselves and their desires. We all want it to be 'Normal' again, but it can't be until we stop the virus.

Teach, learn and have patience, because we are still alive and able to do so unlike the over 200,000 that have lost their lives because of their contact with COVID.

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Posted by David Leslie
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Nov 26, 2020 at 11:34 pm

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With Covid 19 case numbers, positive test rates and deaths rates all rising, pushing back the start date for high-school sports sounds like a very prudent decision. A sharp increase in cases in the fall and winter months has been anticipated since the pandemic began, so I never understood why a December start date was set in the first place. Schools have a responsibility for the safety of their students and, in a time of pandemic, their families as well.

This is a difficult time for all of us, but consider how difficult is it for those losing their loved ones. Every one of the 259,000 people who have died so far have left behind spouses, children, brothers and sisters who now have emotional holes in their lives that can never be filled. When we bring groups of people together we create risks not only for the participants but for for their families and anyone with whom they'll have close contact. We know this. Kids need sports in their lives, and could really use it right now, but how many kids do you think would trade a parent or sibling for the chance to play sports in school? That is a very real risk.

I find this sort of "mad as hell" talk about prudent restrictions to be unproductive and irresponsible. If we hope to slow the spread of this deadly pandemic, we need to work together, not against each other. When you wear a mask and follow the advice of our health experts you're not just protecting yourself, you're protecting all of us.

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Posted by Joe
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Nov 27, 2020 at 8:39 pm

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Posted by Franco
a resident of Vineyard Hills
on Nov 28, 2020 at 5:03 pm

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When I read that line about "someone behind a desk" and "trying to live their lives" it "made me mad as hell". The first phrase is code for thousands of public health officials trying to save lives and even more thousands of frontline medical workers fighting to save people on ventilators so that THEY could live their lives. But the author's priority is self-centered around his "sports". The insidiousness of covid doesn't care about his sports and providing superspreader events so sporta can satisfy his "living his life" simply ignores the reality of how that ends up killing people who want to live their lives.

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Posted by Mike
a resident of Val Vista
on Dec 8, 2020 at 9:16 am

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Direct your anger? How about directing your anger at the people responsible for the magnitude of this pandemic. The folks that we elected to run our country that have ignored science. In a simple word: Republicans. They deserve every bit of anger you can muster. But then again you could also grow up, feel your anger and realize it is misplaced and work on solving the problem by encouraging others to wear masks, wash hands and avoid going out. But I suspect being a grownup is beyond your capacity.

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