Lown­des County res­i­dent re­sponds to Sto­vall

The Covington News - - OPINION - Cov­ing­ton News. The Lown­des County

Dear Amer­ica,

While drop­ping off my chil­dren at school and trav­el­ing to work this morn­ing I lis­tened to an in­ter­view with a sports­writer from

He was com­ment­ing on a re­cent foot­ball game be­tween Lown­des County and New­ton. He was also shar­ing his views on what he per­ceived to be as a some­what less than gra­cious host­ing to a “Press Pass” holder.

Clearly, the less than warm re­cep­tion af­fected his skills as an ac­tual “Sports Writer” and he felt the need to com­ment on all as­pects of his trip to Lown­des County other than the ac­tual game.

I truly be­lieve his feel­ings were hurt and he al­lowed this to flow over into his later re­port­ing, writ­ings and post­ings.

As a res­i­dent with two chil­dren in the Lown­des school sys­tem and a lo­cal law en­force­ment of­fi­cial al­low me to be the first to ex­tend a wel­com­ing hand for a re­turn trip at any time in or­der to cover a game or just visit.

Also this word of ad­vice with our coun­try in so much tur­moil and di­vi­sive­ness why would a sports- writer use his po­si­tion to pon­tif­i­cate through so­cial me­dia and other out­lets on what he per­ceived to be a racially di­vi­sive com­mu­nity (whites on one side and blacks on the other)... Why? Just do what you do. Be a sports writer and be good at it! This, how­ever, seems to be the norm in Amer­ica. Hol­ly­wood does it; ath­letes do it; and ap­par­ently sports writ­ers as well. Act, play the game and re­port the facts... that’s it! You have one job. To quote Nike, “Just do it.”

What hap­pened to the days when we had our movies, me­dia, pol­i­tics and reli- gion in sep­a­rate con­tain­ers? In con­clu­sion, the writer ad­mit­ted that once some things were ex­plained to him he “... took it into con­text...” and saw the big­ger pic­ture. We all need to think and wait be­fore we speak, tweet and post to Face­book. Amer­ica needs to soften their hearts and be more mind­ful how our words and ac­tions af­fect each other.

In clos­ing al­low me to ex­tend and open in­vi­ta­tion to all, y’all come back and see us (Lown­des County) again real soon! Steve Thompson

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