Letter to the Editor

Major League Baseball

Thursday, June 18, 2020

As I write this, Major League Baseball is about to shoot itself in the foot by canceling the 2020 season, maybe. To a whole bunch of people, baseball (sports in general) matters a great deal. Do we say "essential"? Well, that depends on whether you are looking at it from the perspective of an owner, a player, a team, a vendor or a fan. Toss in a bevy of coaches and sports broadcasters/journalists for good measure, and it really gets interesting. Facts, and alternative facts (you know, as in additional facts and alternative information) matter. They all matter. Some matter more than others. Some are critical to the decision making process. Is it fair? Prejudiced? Safe/unsafe given the COVID-19 ramifications? Who decides? We all have a stake. Sure is complicated!

As a society, we have proven one thing: we can restrict our daily routines, stay home much more than ever before, and still survive. Is it a lot of fun? Exciting? Fulfilling? Not necessarily. Can we continue to act safely, be considerate, and use common sense? Sure we can. Will it be easy? Probably not. Will we get more inventive and perhaps introspective? It sure is possible. God has not abandoned us, but I bet there are increasing numbers who think He has. Do we abandon church attendance, prayer, practicing the works of mercy Northwest Iowa is noted for? Not on your life! As Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius said, some 20 centuries ago: "Your life is what your thoughts make it. To live happily is an inward power of the soul. Where a person can live, they can also live well. So look within, for within is the fountain of good, and it will ever bubble up, if you wilt ever dig." So in short, keep on keeping on it's worth it!

Bill Kersting, Spencer