Tuesday, January 14, 2003
Hayden needs a page
The Hayden school district should be recognized more often in your newspaper.
The paper tends to neglect other school districts. We can't blame you though, because it is your paper. But doesn't it get boring only reading about Steamboat, Steamboat, Steamboat?
Hayden believes we should be recognized for our accomplishments and awards.
If we have a page in your newspaper, our towns will learn more about each other. Maybe this will bring more peace. Children in Hayden feel left out because we are not in the paper.
Hayden believes Steamboat should know about our accomplishments in academics and sports. If we have a page in the paper, Hayden can finally read about someone they know.
A group of us will help out if it is needed and let you know what is happening and we will send you pictures and letters. Also, we will write a few articles.
If you support this, we will greatly appreciate it.
Fourth-grader, Hayden Valley Elementary
Children in Hayden believe our town should be recognized in your newspaper.
Our town would like you to learn more about Hayden. Some of the children at Hayden Valley Elementary School feel left out and very different because they are not in the newspaper. We would like to read more about our records and prizes we have won.
Students in the Hayden school district have won scholarships and accomplished lots of achievements. Our accomplishments are not being noticed.
The newspaper always takes pictures of students at Strawberry Park Elementary School. We do not even get pictures of our crafts fair. We think you should pay attention to our school as much as you pay attention to Steamboat schools.
The Hayden Valley Elementary School students would volunteer to help if needed. We would let you know what is happening, send you pictures and help write articles about our town.
Fourth-grader, Hayden Valley Elementary School
The other side
In response to a letter from an Aurora hockey dad, I felt compelled to share the other side of a story not yet heard.
While our high school team members may have shown bad judgment in the manner in which they cheered on their younger classmates two weeks ago at Howelsen Ice Arena, they were removed and dealt with.
For a hockey coach, the line between physical play and dirty tactics is a fine one that I believe the Front Range Amateur Hockey Association Midget Minor A team crossed early in the tournament and in our contest.
I have been accused by the opposing coach of sending players out "hunting" for their players. I felt I was physically assaulted by this coach in line after the game while shaking hands. For my friend in Aurora, for the record, your players used profane language, directed at my assistant coach, in the post-game line.
I have played this game for more than 20 years, officiated it for more than 10, and coached now for my second season. The Front Range team is neither disciplined nor too highly skilled in controlling its aggressive tactics. If you can't eat what you are dishing out, you should not be serving.
The actions of the Front Range parents and team in requiring police presence in the arena after the game was unnecessary. What does that tell you?
Coach, Steamboat Midget Minor A Hockey Team