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Letters: Give Winger football a shot: Support the program; Don't add prejudice upon prejudice; love another

Give Winger football a shot: Support the program

It's my distinct honor and that of the coaches to lead a program affiliated with giants like Bob Celt, Russ Marshall and Paul Schmitt. I was built by Winger football and am forever grateful for the experience.

We've been very busy this year. We added a grade, upgraded equipment, focused on player safety, accelerated offseason preparation, and raised player standards and expectations. We didn't accomplish this alone. And, there's much to do. We are grateful to the district, administration; fellow sports programs, athletes and coaches; and our incredible Winger families for their support.

However, we are fighting history. All public school programs face adversity. We've encountered more than most. Years of adversity undermine player and parent confidence and interest. Over time, too much adversity erodes commitment, participation and performance. Winger football's battling all three.

For some time, Winger football has been a team in search of a "program." Without a program approach, Winger football "restarts" every year. And, as a consequence, each season's job one is neither player nor team development but instead recruiting and retaining enough athletes to field a squad.

In the end, Red Wing needs a great football program. Great programs create consistency for players, families and fans.Great programs have vision, core values, top-to-bottom standards, and a system to develop high-performing athletes and competitive teams. Finally, great programs also educate for life as much as they do for competition. Wins follow this simple formula.

We are on our way. But, it's still uphill work. We will definitely need help. We thrive to the extent that the district, coaches, athletes, families and fans commit to a common purpose. The football program's purpose is simple — succeed! Succeed in the classroom, on the football field and in all athletic, academic and artistic pursuits we collectively engage in. If we are doing our job right, our school, our team, our fellow sports programs and our community win.

We have a great home for all student-athletes in Winger football. Give us a shot. GO WINGERS!

Nate Freier

Red Wing

Nate Freier is the Red Wing High School head football coach.

Don't add prejudice upon prejudice; love another

When I was a child the word you could not use in our family was hate. My brother got his mouth washed out with soap for using it. We were taught that "God is love"; hate is the opposite of love.

When we did something wrong we had to sit in the corner and read the 13th chapter of Corinthians, and then say something nice about the other person. For Christians: "Love is patient and kind. Love does not insist on its own way, Love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It is not irritable or resentful. It does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things."

Much of what is going on today is the opposite of love. Things like calling an entire group of people vomit or murderers and rapists. This is not kind.

It is not loving to separate children from their parents. Remember the pictures in church of Jesus calling the little children to him.

It is pretty boastful and arrogant to think that all your relatives were paragons of virtue. The first murderer in the U.S. came on the Mayflower and he spoke English. Immigrants came to this country and were not checked in any way. Later at Ellis Island they were checked for health and if they had enough money ($25). Nobody in the early times said most of our relatives couldn't come to America.

Loving Christians are like Jesus caring about the poor, people of all races, and national groups, including Israelis and Palestinians both Christian and Muslim.

Why are people picking out some fault of a group when the group you belong to has the same faults? How can you be a Christian and hate so many people or admire people who hate many people? Your prejudices added to others' prejudices make groups of people seem like awful people when they are not. Every group of people is made up of a variety of people.

Where are the "loving Christians" — the real Christians?

Nancy Thorson

Red Wing