Dolin is a winner
Chhun Sun’s story (“Mininni grappled with missing coaches before his final bout,” April 26) on Dolin Mininni’s wrestling travails at the state meet last month was a real revelation.
The young man was let down big time by his absent coaches, who really have no excuse for abandoning him at a time when he needed them most.
Ask anyone who has competed — high school sports have a way of being personal.
When you train hard, play fair and lose, especially at the main event, well, it sticks with you forever.
Dolin Mininni had a great chance at a state championship this year, his last as a Morro Bay Pirate, and it’s a shame his high school wrestling career ended the way it did.
Congratulations on a fine season, and a great effort anyway, Dolin.
Even without the first place medal, you’re still the winner in my book.
Don’t forget Vietnam
We should not forget that some 1.5 million Americans actually saw combat in Vietnam and that 58,195 of our fellow Americans are listed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., and that more than 150,000 Americans were wounded during the war. We should also not forget that at the height of American involvement in 1968, there were 543,000 American military personnel in Vietnam.
It has been 37 years since the fall of Saigon on April 30, 1975. We recognize that many of our friends served in Vietnam and that many of our friends protested against the Vietnam War. After all this sacrifice of lives, the question has to asked, “What did the United States learn from our involvement in Vietnam?”
Some say, “It’s been over for 37 years, forget about it.”
American philosopher George Santayana said, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”
In conclusion, U.S. servicemen did everything asked of them in a terrific manner and today America can only thank those tens of thousands of Vietnam veterans for their service to our country.
Retired Commander, U.S. Navy
Dr. William Olsen’s solutions to obesity (“How to stop obesity before it starts,” April 26) fail to mention the best ways to end obesity:
1. Stop parents from sending their kids out for fast food rather than taking the time to fix nutritious meals.
2. Stop kids from spending so much time on electronic toys and send them outside to expend their energy on sports.
3. Stop kids from eating so much processed foods that are loaded with sugar, fat and salt.
We have become a lazy society, spending too much time not being active. How scary would it truly be if all things electrical were shut down for a month? Anarchy!
Burying the lead
Regarding the April 27 front-page article “New post to target plight of homeless”:
Idea: Make the second-to-last sentence the headline, “$106,500 salary for homeless program manager.”
Too biased and class-warfare-like? It’s just as slanted to bury the lead.