Remembering Bill Hart; Another Thanksgiving At War; Jeff Tedford Generates Controversy …

by on November 29, 2010

To the Editor:

Thank you for publishing this article on Bill Hart. I miss him so much already. Not only was he a colleague, mentor, but became a friend as well. He was an exemplary inspiration to all, and admired for his genuine care, and compassion to all. His endurance to help out others outweighed obstacles that he sought solutions to by helping a client with whatever pressing need they might be having.

I started at GAAP May 5, 2005, as a community volunteer, and have been a member of the board for the past three and a half years till present. I wanted to work alongside Bill Hart. I was given this opportunity, and am forever grateful for all that he taught me, and will treasure his friendship for a lifetime.

Your friend and colleague,

Helen Doherty
San Francisco

To the Editor:

Re: “The U.S. $pends Another Thanksgiving At War” (BeyondChron, November 25, 2010), as the author noted, the problem revolves around the “military industrial complex,” which President Dwight Eisenhower warned us against.

And now we are faced with the military skirmishes in Korea that occurred several days ago. The news media’s reports in the U.S. portray the military attacks as having begun by North Korean forces. How do we really know for sure? Were such media reports based simply on “press releases” from government sources in Washington D.C. and Seoul, or from independent sources and real investigative journalism?

We should be concerned about both the govenment’s and media’s roles in instigating and perpetuating international conflicts and wars. Witness how North Korea and Iran have been negatively portrayed increasingly by the U.S. government and the American media (even by so‑called reliable news media such as National Public Radio) for the past several years.

Let us not forget that what led to the tragic War in Vietnam and the “Vietnam Quagmire,” which cost millions of Vietnamese lives and over 58 thousand American lives, began with such events as the “Gulf of Tonkin” incident, in which North Vietnam was portrayed as the aggressor. The U.S. was lulled into the Vietnam War by false but successful campaigns in Washington, D..C., and Saigon to paint
North Vietnam as a “communist threat.”

The U.S.’s invasion against Iraq, including its “Shock and Awe” campaign and President George Bush’s declaration of “Mission Accomplished,” was based on false premises of Iraq’s possession of “weapons of mass destruction.” Even then Secretary of State Conlin Powell stood in front of the United Nations ‑ ‑ the international body founded to foster peace in the world ‑ ‑ to perpetuate the lie for invasion against Iraq.

Should President Barack Obama be responsible for bearing the brunt of the weight of the U.S.’s current wars abroad? The author of the article seems to intimate so. While I look to President Obama for leadership on both the domestic front and foreign policy, I believe that the situation is much more complex than can be resolved singly by President Obama.

Here’s a modest proposal that we can consider: Before Congress authorizes or reauthorizes any funding for a U.S. war abroad, let us the people demand that our Presidents, Senators, Congresswomen, and Congressmen send their daughters and sons to the war front first.

A second proposal is that we read Aristophane’s play, “Lysistrata,” and uitilize the lessons from that play to shape and formulate our nation’s foreign policy.

Anh Le
San Francisco

To the Editor:

This is the worst article I’ve ever seen written. How easy is it to forget that Tedford is the best coach that has EVER coached Cal? He has taken Cal to more bowl games than any other coach and raised the graduation rate by 40%. He’s not only putting out good football team, but good Cal alumni as well. One bad season, and everyone is on him. No pointing out this is the smallest senior class in recent memory. He’s still building the tradition of this program and there WILL be up and down years, like Florida and Texas are experiencing. The author here is another low integrity whiner jumping on a bandwagon with little real substance.

Kevin Crow

To the Editor:

I’m afraid you are right. Cal must have enough good athletes to compete whether it be at home or away. When they beat UCLA, ASU, (who should have beaten Stanford), Oregon (at least close) and Colorado by big margins you would think that they can compete with anybody.

However, this may not be true. They could have inferior players (which is nothing new to Cal) or the problems fall on the coaching staff. I tend to think that it is the coaches’ fault. Unfortunately, Tedford gave us hope but now things have changed. Cal Alums, Fans and players deserve much better from one of the highest paid coaches in the country. Excellent coaches succeed ‑‑ sometimes even with inferior athletes.

I like your idea that maybe Tedford will resign. It’s the right thing to do at this point. Is it possible to send Tedford a message? They probably don’t allow that.

John Lesea
Phoenix, AZ

To the Editor:

Coach Tedford’s salary is of no concern if the state is not paying it. Further, if the state is not paying it, then the money would not necessarily go to sports or any other sport if he reduced his salary. Third, Tedford is the now the second winningest coach in CAL history. His record is so much better than any coach since the 1920’s. So stop complaining, and have donations be raised specifically for the sports teams that were unjustly cut. Further, get the state to modify its tax structure to over work Prop 13 for business property and make education a REAL priority again. Then we will not have this fighting over the scraps discussion. Go BEARS!!

Steve Brown
Silver Spring, MD

To the Editor:

Jeff Tedford said that if facilities were not upgraded he could not get best players to consider Cal. Being a public University caused the building of these facilities to be slowed, producing 4 average classes. The latest class was the result of the work being started with a “complete date” in view. Tedford is still a great coach, and it would be a shame if he were gone when what he stated he needed is so close to being completed. Maybe if the academic side of Cal were to start soliciting donations, this conversation would be mute.

Bill Eikeland
Edmonds, WA

To the Editor:

I must belatedly agree with you. I remember those halcyon days when the Cal offense consisted of Deltha O’Neill returning a punt or interception for a touchdown and the wasted years having a great 49er defensive back posing as a division one coach. After a couple of 9 or 10 win seasons, that is what we expect. With the two future quarterbacks on hand, I doubt we will see that success for a while. The defense can be solid up to a point, but leave them on the field for 40 plus minutes and you see the kind of collapse we have this year.

I usually take pride in having a solution, as some of you know me as SolutionFinder. In this case, we are stuck with Tedford or pay him off but could we attract to this program the likes of the LSU or Alabama coach? Not likely!

George Bond
Dixon, CA

To the Editor:

How pitiful your attitude is. Evidently, you did not live through those many many years of losing almost all games. The entire program was in the toilet. Few fans attended most games and not many really cared. The PAC 10 is said by some sports writers to be the toughest conference in the country this year. Tedford has and still is doing a marvelous job of coaching and running the football program. He has won so many games that he has created a monster than is coming back to haunt him. If Cal would of had a talented and experienced QB this year. A real outstanding athlete in the QB position would have changed the whole season for them. Who are you going to get that is better than Jeff?

Art Brown
Oroville, CA

To the Editor:

Randy is full of shit! Granted, I’m as frustrated with Cal’s recent set backs and definitely frustrated this year, but placing such a ride range of failures and blame on Tedford as you do is rediculous. It is a team sport, but as we have experienced. One single player can make a huge difference in winning and losing. Besides, I have lived through many more years of frustration than you, and have never been able to go the Rose Bowl.

Jim Carlsen
Sun Valley, ID
Class of 1973

To the Editor:

Dude, you’re an idiot. Tedford’s salary is paid for by donors who wouldn’t be donating to the university at all if they didn’t have some interest in CAL football succeeding. The university will never fire him for the very reason you bring up … they would have to take on the cost.

John Doe
Fremont, CA

To the Editor:

Are you sure you went to Cal? Perhaps you’ve already forgotten: Snyder’s regime was medicore at best, and White’s was clouded by questionable recruiting practices. You admit that Tedford’s salary is funded by donations rather than the university. Thus, he is not a state employee and your position makes no sense. Pete Carrol’s “salary” was $0, yet he was paid millions. Admittedly, we’re not doing well and we’ll never have the mentality or success of the football factories ‑ but we are recognized as one of the great public universities of the world. Which would you prefer? I know ‑ both.

Duncan MacSwain
San Rafael, CA
Class of 1957

To the Editor:

I don’t know who this guy thinks he is, but he obviously has only selected memories. That great Coach White coached the Bears for 6 seasons with no Bowl games. Lost 4 out of 6 to Stanford. Had 3 losing seasons and left under a cloud with a 34‑30 and 1 record. Coach Snyder coached 5 years and never beat Stanford. He had only 2 winning years but did take us to 2 Bowl games and then left for bigger $s to coach at Arizona State.

Compare them to Tedfords’ record, and you can readily see why he gets the donated salary he does. The hit piece author fails to mention the Coach Tedford has given back a signifigant part of his salary to the Athletic program during these hard times. I see no mention of the graduation record of the football teams under White and Snyder, but I am sure they come no where close to what it is now [almost 70%].

Do you think that the renovation of the stadium and the building of the new facility would have been possible under White or Snyder? No way!! Yes, there has been disappointments however I’ve held season tickets for 47 years and these have been the finest years of Bear football in that time. I guess some people get their kicks out of unfair and narrow minded.

Elmer Tretten
Walnut Creek, CA

To the Editor:

Randy Shaw on Cal’s Jeff Tedford seems to ignore (i) how bad Cal was pre‑Tedford, (ii) that alumni fund 90% of Tedford’s salary and (iii) the huge crowds at Memorial that Tedford has generated provide revenue to fund many other sports. Piling on the coach now is about as helpful as letting tree‑sitters hold facilities upgrades hostage.

Steve Spurlock
Tahoe City, CA

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