Having a student on the FHS Cross Country team, I find this deeply offensive. This year, he has chosen to limit any discussion about his comments only to registered users.
I would like to know what Mr. Laffer has done to address this issue besides complain in the PW? He speaks of all his expertise in running and coaching Has he offered to mentor any XC students or the coach? Has he volunteered to assist? Has he taken his concerns to anyone that can make a difference?
I would like him to know that his remarks last year stung the students hard. Many of them continue to work hard and make progress each week with 'PR's (personal record...ie., their best time). While they may not be making elite times, they are still improving and proud of that fact. He failed to recognize that in his comments last year and this year.
By the way, he mentions 'Track and Field'. FHS has a successful Track and Field program. Several young ladies competed at NCS and TMOC (The Meet of Champions) last spring. So Mr. Laffer,you don't know quite as much as you think about Track and Field at FHS.
I will respect your opinion when I see you at FHS helping. Otherwise you sound like a broken record and a grouchy old man.