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As a Mesa State student and resident of Grand Junction, I was not able to submit a letter to the editor about the Coal Ridge boys basketball team sooner. I was also unable to hear the entire story about the incident involving Coach Mike Cox and his players. While I don’t know the whole truth about the story, I do know Mike Cox, on and off the basketball court.

Mike’s Bob Knight-ish coaching style has never been favored by most parents, but to me and easily 100 other players that know Coach Cox, we loved it because with the right attitude, the win column filled up. Some of us, including a teammate of mine from the 2005-06 Rifle High School boys basketball team, continued to seek Mike’s knowledge of the game until our careers came to an end. Learning the game of basketball from Mike Cox was like taking a creative writing class from Earnest Hemingway ” minus the alcohol, of course.

There’s an old saying: “The wins to the players and the losses to the coaches.” This doesn’t include Coach Cox. He always gave us what we needed to win. And this particular loss goes to Coal Ridge High School.



When Bob Knight is criticized for his coaching style, his national championship rings speaks for him. It’s too bad that the attitudes of the players were the only thing keeping a big shiny state championship trophy to speak for him.

Matthew Bugielski



New Castle

I am a retired physical education teacher and coach from the Front Range who moved to New Castle 12 years ago. I have been watching the growing pains at Coal Ridge High School since it opened, and feel I must make some comments.

First, for most athletic programs to succeed, it takes years of stability and support. When parents undermine the program and make negative comments, it carries over to the athletes and is a perfect excuse for not performing. If you look at most successful programs, there is very strong parent support, which is directed at the athletes and coaches.

Second, when you have a high turnover of coaches, the program suffers, and in most cases, starts over again. Eventually, you run out of teachers who are willing to make the commitment. Then you must hire nonteachers who do not have the tie-in with the school that teachers do, even though they may have the Xs and Os experience.

Third, the hiring and firing of coaches is the job of the athletic director, with input from the administration. These are professionals who are trained to keep the athletes’ best interests in mind.

Fourth, athletics are designed to help the athletes mature and develop into well-rounded adults. What an athlete gets out of a program is in direct proportion to what he or she puts into the program. Winning is great, but there is only one state champion, and the rest will have to lose at some point. Hopefully, the athletes are getting benefits from the program besides winning.

I have read too much negativity about the firing of the boys basketball coach. If you want to help the program, support the athletes, coaches, and administration in a positive way.

John Bates

New Castle

About a March 1 story:

Rocks cause wreck? Where was this photographer? In a chopper? Climbing with an experienced rock and ice climber?

From my vantage at the scene, I saw CDOT workers constantly watching, listening and dodging rocks from one of the most dangerous rock chutes in Glenwood Canyon, while trying to clear the rocks, ice and debris from the road. Several Colorado State Patrol officers, Glenwood Fire and many motorists were at risk in this area of loose rock, earth and ice. Directly under the location of this brilliant photographer, unseen by the photo, was the rock which caused this mayhem, several modular home components and more CDOT personnel and equipment.

For the Glenwood Springs Post Independent to run such a photo would imply that a picture of someone’s misfortune is worth more than the safety of your photographer, or the patrolman, firemen, motorists or highway workers. Photojournalist sensationalism is inappropriate, and this photo begs to ask, “Was this photographer there before the incident, or just out to make a dollar no matter the risk to others?” The Post Independent is wrong in supporting such a thoughtless individual’s attempt to profit from another’s misfortune. This photo was not an enhancement to the story, just a shabby attempt to sensationalize it.

Glenwood Canyon is a beautiful place, and motorist should realize the “Watch for Rocks” signs are serious.

Randy McIntosh

Rifle

Glenwood Springs attorney Janette Shute is playing a semantics game with Colorado law. The bottom line is that Glenwood wants the lowest price possible on city construction projects.

To this end, the attorney “corporal” of Glenwood Springs is telling the attorney general of Colorado that she outranks him when it comes to interpreting the law.

I guess all is fair in love of money and illegal aliens.

Bruno Kirchenwitz

Silt


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