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Give and Take: Sunday letters

Sun., May 4, 2014

Faith in humanity restored

Donald Sterling’s recent remarks have prompted outrage and reopened the ever-relevant discussion of racism. Many people have been offended by his stinging words. However, amidst the recent controversy, my confidence in humanity has been renewed as I witness our society’s utter disgust for discriminatory acts and demand for reprimand.

Businesses, associations, and famous figures have voiced concern and hope for change. The Clippers team, which is currently owned by Mr. Sterling, responded with a silent demonstration whereby team-related attire, besides the uniform, was worn “inside-out” during a recent game. The NBA commissioner reacted by issuing a lifetime ban accompanied by a $2.5 million fine. The prejudice of Mr. Sterling was denounced by our public’s strong sentiment and better judgment.

We must refuse to allow hurtful words to pass unpunished. I am proud to live in a society where racism is not tolerated. Though racism may never be completely eliminated, I have hope that it will continue to fade.

Joe Ammatelli


Silver shines

I nominate Adam Silver for Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Janet Gillespie


Snyder is NFL’s Sterling

Major League Baseball had Marge Schott. The NFL has Daniel Snyder. Now the NBA has Donald Sterling.

Racists one and all.

I’m sure Daniel Snyder would like to think he should not be included with the others. But until he changes the overtly racist name of his NFL team, how can he not be? When a person refers to any minority with a derogatory slur about their skin color, I would call that racism.

Mr. Snyder, please prove me wrong and change the insulting, racist name of your Washington NFL team.

Tom Johnson

Spokane Valley

Stockton book fabulous

I recently read John Stockton’s biography, “Assisted,” and came away impressed in so many ways.  

For someone to have the longevity that John did in the NBA is in itself a rare feat, but to hold not one, but two all-time career records (assists and steals) is testimony to the fact that he was productive to the end of that great career.  

His stories of growing up here in Spokane and playing for Gonzaga Prep and then Gonzaga University were fun to read as we all recognize the places he is writing about.

The message that came through the most to me is the drive that he had, which started as a young boy.  It is easier to comprehend his success when you read about the discipline and passion that he had in seemingly all he did.  

It feels like that is something that has become quite rare these days. Too many outside distractions, money and fame.  We were all beneficiaries of John’s extraordinary focus. Was there ever any doubt that he would be back in Spokane when his playing days were over?

 A great career, a great player, and a great book.  We were all witnesses to something that may never happen again, and there are lessons to be learned that any young person who dreams the big dreams that John Stockton did can glean from his book.

Dave Knecht


Graves was more than coach

To say that I was shocked when I heard that Kelly Graves was leaving the Gonzaga basketball program would be an understatement.

As reality set in, I began to think about all the wonderful memories our community is left with. I have had the privilege of sitting near a parent of one of the players during the season, meeting the grandparents of another player at the WCC tournament last year and speaking with the parent of a third player at the tournament this year. Those conversations speak more about the kind of person Kelly is than the great coach he has proven himself to be.

I believe his ultimate goal was to prepare young women to succeed in life and if they also were successful basketball players that was a bonus.

As much as Kelly will be missed, my hope is that Spokane will wish him well on his next journey and welcome Gonzaga’s new coach, Lisa Fortier.

Char Trujillo


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