Wayne Allyn Root
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So what’s the Problem?
You can’t Handle Ideas You don’t Like?
It has come to my attention that a handful of regular readers to The Day have threatened to cancel their longtime newspaper subscriptions because of the conservative-leaning column written weekly by yours truly. Granted, people threatening to cancel their subscriptions when they see something they don’t like in the newspaper is as old as newspapers. But cashing in your chips and running for the hills because someone has an alternative point of view? One 800-word, right-leaning column is a cause of such stress and heartache that you ditch a regular routine and a source of so much information?
I can't believe you’d give up so easily.
There is a good chance your parents and their parents before them read this newspaper. It's likely every significant personal life milestone — your birth, your marriage, family obituaries — were chronicled on the pages of The Day. I'm sure when the nation wept over 9-11 or the space shuttle disaster, you turned to these pages to get much of your information and find local connections. When local issues challenged and changed Connecticut's landscape, including BRAC threatening the closure of the submarine base, eminent domain, and the birth of the casinos — you turned to this publication.
But now you’re ending this relationship because of me? One little sliver of right-slanted philosophy in a sea of blue has caused you to turn your back on these daily pages?
I'm sorry, but that reeks of cowardice.
The Day shouldn't be criticized for adding a new perspective; they should be cheered. Now, there's a chance you just don't like me — and that line seemingly gets longer every day. In a letter to the editor one reader suggested she “lost an IQ point or two from just reading” my column. I felt bad about that since I know IQ points are tough to come by. But IQ aside, burying your head in the sand because of an opposite point of view is not the answer.
This political tunnel vision is a major factor in the polarization
and hateful partisanship this country is currently suffering through.
Isn't the idea to seek out, listen and absorb every potential idea
and then make the decision for ourselves? Isn't that how people grow,
how great ideas are conceived? There is that old saying: For an eagle
to fly straight, she needs a left and a right wing. Without both, she
just flies in circles. Read
Cut Student-Athletes in on Riches Being
For the first time in maybe ever I agree with Senator Chris Murphy. Recently, Connecticut’s junior Democratic senator, along with some others, including University of Connecticut women's basketball coach Geno Auriemma, finally tackled the issue of paying college athletes. I've been a champion on behalf of ponying up for players for almost two decades. Nice to see the rest of you finally seeing the light.
Pay the student-athletes.
The NCAA is a money-making machine. In 2016-17, for the first time, the organization pulled in more than $1 billion in revenue. There are over 100 million viewers watching basketball’s March Madness. Advertising dollars have skyrocketed, a 30-second TV tournament ad nets a network $1 million.
Basketball and football are the cash cows. Universities – some tax exempt – virtually have a license to print money through athletics: Monstrous broadcasting contracts, sold-out stadiums and arenas, and lucrative commercial endorsements keep money rolling in.
In 2018, for example, the University of Texas athletic department brought in $214.8 million and spent school records of $64.4 million on coaching staffs and $43.2 million on facilities. In 41 states the highest-paid public employees are coaches.
Almost all major universities have signed mega-deals with apparel companies like Nike, Under Armour or Adidas. In some cases, these schools respectively get upwards of $10 million in cash and/or apparel per school year. Everyone is getting rich off the sweat, honor and effort of these kids. Read Full Article