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March 1, 2014

CHEERS AND JEERS — For March 1-2


... to New Albany High School’s boys’ basketball team for winning the Hoosier Hills Conference championship. The Bulldogs finished 6-1 in the HHC this season.

Jim Shannon always puts a solid team on the floor, year in and year out. The Bulldogs closed out the regular season Friday at Bloomington North and will open sectional play Tuesday. They would have to be considered a sectional favorite with their consistent play throughout the year.

I have never been a fan of class basketball. I think it ruined one of the great events in high school athletics — the one-class tourney.

But, I have accepted it. With that said, March is tourney time and the Bulldogs have a great chance of winning the Class 4A Seymour Sectional crown.

— Assistant editor Chris Morris


... to lawmakers at the Indiana Statehouse for voting for a measure to block children under 16 from using public tanning beds.

The bill would throw out a current law requiring minors under 16 to have parental supervision at tanning salons. House members approved the proposal 69-23 on Thursday. The Senate passed the bill last month 30-17.

Opponents criticize it for taking away the decision from parents, but that argument is weak one.

Parents can’t legally give their children alcohol in Indiana, nor allow them to drive without a license.

Why should using tanning beds — something which could be harmful to their health — be any different.

The decision whether or not to use a tanning bed should be made only by adults — for themselves.

The bill needs approval from Gov. Mike Pence before becoming law.

— Editor Shea Van Hoy


... to NBA player Jason Collins for his tribute to a person he never met, and for his courage in spreading acceptance.

Collins, an NBA veteran and the first openly gay athlete to play in one of the four major U.S. sports, wears No. 98. Until recently, that reason wasn’t known.

It turns out, he’s worn the unusual number for a basketball player throughout his career — which began in 2001 — in honor of Matthew Shepard, the Wyoming college student who was murdered in 1998 in a hate crime.

Collins, who came out in April but had not played a game as an openly gay man until he recently signed with the Brooklyn Nets, understands the effect the sports world can have on acceptance in society. After all, Jackie Robinson laid the path for Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights movement.

It’s certainly easier for Collins and NFL prospect Michael Sams to come out in a time when public opinion against gay marriage bans grows daily.

But that doesn’t make it less important. Collins and Sams are making a difference for in their sport and in society and should be praised.

— Editor Shea Van Hoy

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