NOT ABOUT MONEY
Editor: I read with interest your article by Barney Kirby, "Sticking With a Good Thing" [April 7]. . . . I was somewhat perplexed by the statement "Lacrosse . . . after all is about money, a game of the wealthy." I can humbly acknowledge, this is not true for all. The wealthy ones are the manufacturers and sporting good stores. How many football, baseball and basketball players supply their own equipment? These sticks are not cheap, and it is not unusual to go through three or four in a season. Lacrosse is not about money. It's about skills, devoted players and good coaches. Not million dollar contracts, just a bunch of clean cut guys and gals who know the definition of "the fastest game on two feet. . . . "
Kathleen Wanner Easton Editor: I read Barney Kirby's story on wooden lacrosse sticks with great interest. Just before Christmas, I was in New York at Saks Fifth Avenue. To my amazement they had, in the men's furnishings department, old, used wooden lacrosse sticks for sale at $350! . . .
Margaret F. Fielding Baltimore
Editor: After reading Mary L. Lupien's letter in the Sun Magazine of April 7, I feel that I must make a response. My wife and I are parents of a child with special needs and, at our request, our child is no longer being educated at a special ed center. We are also members of a group that supports the idea that there should be options in special ed placement.
I resent her characterization of parents like ourselves as "poorly informed" and that we have "misunderstanding and misinformation of the programs and services of the special school. . . . " She also attempts to make us feel guilty about our choice by suggesting that there could be long-range negative impacts on our child, our family, other children with special needs and society. . . .
Taking our child out of the center was not a snap decision on our part. We read books, attended conferences, talked to other parents and education professionals and visited regular ed schools offering special ed programs. We wanted our son to have the opportunity for daily contact with other children in typical school settings. We believe that this is the best possible preparation for the mainstream. We are not abandoning special ed services for our son -- just asking that they be provided in a more typical setting.
The readiness issue cuts both ways. The mainstream should also be ready for people with special needs. And, there are more basic questions -- How do you measure readiness -- and -- Who holds the yardstick?
Michael H. Janis
. . . I am a burn survivor. . . . I really liked the stories you had on burned people [March 24]. . . . Please don't stop thinking about us. We need all the support we can get and get the people educated on our feelings.
James Armstrong Chestertown
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