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Jul. 20, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

Gilley's assessment of football off base

In the first paragraph of the July 6 guest column by Wade Gilley, "Football put national spotlight on Marshall," Mr. Gilley believes the athletic program is "well managed." Would Mr. Gilley have us believe that an "overtime" expenditure in excess of $500,000 for just two coaches demonstrates responsible management? Unconscionable is a more suitable description.

In his closing paragraph, Mr. Gilley writes, "it is no doubt that football which is largely self-supporting..." Mr. Gilley fails to define what he considers self-supporting. Perhaps the following information will help Mr. Gilley grasp the concept of self-supporting.

From 2006 to 2012, direct school support for the Athletic Department grew by 250 percent. With the exception of the year 2008, the subsidy provided through student fees has exceeded ticket sales. In year 2012, the combined subsidies of student fees and direct school support amounted to 40 percent of the Athletic Department's budget.

Mr. Gilley, without these subsidies, there is no way in this universe that football could ever be largely self-supporting.

Irv Bridgewater

Huntington

Obamacare claims not fooling anyone

Just how stupid do the Democrats think "we the people" are? Do they think that we don't know why they are postponing some of Obamacare until after the next election? If it were totally put in place now, no Democrat would be re-elected, as it's nothing but a giant tax increase on everyone.

Obama said when it was passed it would lower insurance for everyone; however, the opposite is true. It's an increase on everyone who has insurance. Don't take my word for this, just ask your insurance company how much your policy will increase.

If you work more than 30 hours a week, you will be forced to buy health insurance or be fined by the government. The Democrats know if you the people open your eyes, this can't be blamed on the Republicans, as not one of the Republicans voted for this bill in either the House or Senate. It was rammed through even as Nancy Pelosi said the bill must be passed so we can find out what's in it. How stupid can you be?

Homer Campbell

Ironton, Ohio

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