Clarett shows maturity

Published: Thursday, January 9, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 9, 2003 at 12:51 a.m.

The Sun's editorial (Jan. 5) "Games and Life" has made me an Ohio State fan. Or, more accurately, a Maurice Clarett fan.

During the past week's build-up to the Fiesta Bowl BCS Championship game, I heard of Clarett's problems with the Ohio State administration. But neither The Sun nor TV had mentioned his comments concerning the homeless and the poor. It was wonderful to discover a young superstar athlete who recognizes society's terribly distorted values that shower attention and luxuries on athletes like him and show so little concern for those truly in need.

Unfortunately, you are right that many (surely not The Sun) will "write off Clarett's comments as immature, coming from someone barely 19 and unhappy."

Clearly, whatever lip service they might give to the contrary, almost all Republicans and a great many Democrats who wield power in this country lack the conscience and decency of this "immature" young man.

When Clarett said: "We're sitting here in this grand hotel, but we can't feed the homeless or the poor. That's real life. This is a game," you conclude, "Who is to say he's wrong?"

My response: Our president and Congress say so. No, not in their words, but surely in their actions. They can't find the funds to deal with the realities Clarett describes because they have to give tax cuts to wealthy individuals and corporations.

They have to fund an enormous military buildup to sustain and expand the reach of American power into every nook and cranny of the planet. Imperial ambitions more sweeping than any previous empire conceived do not come cheap. The sacrifice of millions of people living in poverty and homelessness means nothing to them.

Unlike 19-year-old Clarett, these "wise" elders do not even see these people. Shame on them, shame on our country.

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