The letter (“We’ve been warned,” Sept. 7) brought many thoughts to mind. Isn’t that the main problem?
We’ve been warned for 12 straight years that Category 4 or 5 hurricanes would be an every-year occurrence. Yet, there have been none since 2005, until Harvey this year. How could they have been so wrong? Why was this such a destructive hurricane with so much rain? According to meteorologists, there was a mitigating factor of a high pressure system just to the west of the hurricane. This fact is what caused the storm to be stationary for five days — preventing the normal movement of such storms to the east, as would occur with most hurricane events. This was indeed a freak event that had nothing to do with global warming.
There will always be people who blame every storm, or no storms at all, on global warming. So, take the “warnings” with the level of skepticism that they deserve.
Bob Wallis, Vadnais Heights
I’m compelled to write in response to Steve DeLapp’s Sept. 10 letter, “Running up the score,” in which he states that the St. John’s football team purposely ran up the score in its 98-0 win over St. Scholastica on Sept. 2, and, as a result, owes someone a “public apology.” Evidently he didn’t read Bob Sansevere’s Sept. 7 interview with the opposing coaches, in which St. Scholastica coach Kurt Ramler clearly stated that he did not feel that St. John’s poured it on (“Reluctant rout”).
Consider the following: St. John’s played 160 players in the game; no offensive starters played the second half, which meant that second-, third-, fourth- and even fifth-team players saw action. St. John’s limited its play, calling only three basic plays most of the third and fourth quarters. St John’s offered to play continuous running time, which the game officials denied, and even offered to shorten the game by playing a one-minute fourth quarter, which Coach Ramler himself refused to do.
Mr. DeLapp, suppose you had a son on that St. John’s team who found himself a part-time player or varsity reserve. He goes to practice every day, works just as hard as the starters and relishes whatever playing time he can get. His opportunity comes along, albeit in a blowout game. Are you really expecting him to not give 100 percent effort … not to play to win? I doubt it! Perhaps an old veteran coach summed up a situation like this best when he said, “I don’t expect my players to play down to a level of our opponents. I would hope our opponents would attempt to raise their level of play and stop us.”
Finally, perhaps the most legitimate question to ask is why St. Scholastica is scheduling St. John’s in the first place.
Michael S. Miller, Lakeland
My heart was heavy when I learned about Wayzata Officer William Mathews’ senseless death after being struck and killed on U.S. 12 while picking up debris on the road.
My condolences to Officer Mathews’ family. No matter how he was killed, Officer Mathews was far too young to die. As Chief Mike Risvold said, “he was one of the good ones,” and from what I read about Officer Mathews, he was.
May God bless his family, as well as his “Blue” family. I support you and have your back. Officer Mathews will be greatly missed.
Jacqueline Heintz, Burnsville