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posted: 2/15/2014 4:01 AM

Bad, costly idea to pay college athletes

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The idea of paying college athletes is totally out of line. They already receive hundreds of thousands of dollars in tax free scholarships for participating in their particular sport. If they receive a salary, is the plan that this is also tax free?

This is similar to the proposal to increase the minimum wage, which will reduce profits and the workforce.

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College expenses go up, so does tuition, tickets to sports events, etc. We all know that football income is the main source and pays for the vast majority of college sports. Watching college sports these days, you have to ask -- where are these so called young adults getting the money to pay for the ugly tattoos that are all over their arms, neck, legs and other parts? They are not cheap as we all know.

The overall problem begins with all these advertised clinics that start with second graders, boys and girls, that parents are willing to pay for. In addition, these kids life is now programed. School, home, sports, bed. What about the thousands of dollars parents spend attending tournaments? What has happened to togetherness in the family way of life?

Bernie Thomas

Pingree Grove

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