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In the last nine years, Miami High's basketball program has put more student athletes into college on scholarships than any other high school in Dade County. During summer and winter breaks, when Miami High coaches are working hard preparing their athletes to play in three or four leagues and getting them playing time and exposure, what are the other coaches in Dade doing for their players? Most of them take the time off for vacations.

When Mr. Powell visited Miami High games, did he notice the parent-alumni support system, the atmosphere that surrounded him, the pride? Go to many other high school games and count the student-parent-alumni involvement. (By the way, who's complaining? The parents? The coaches?)

Did Mr. Powell notice the dedication and hard work put in by the athletes to accomplish something because they know they have the visibility to showcase their talent to college coaches? This in itself makes them work harder to maintain their grade-point average -- just to get the opportunity to compete for a scholarship to a Division I or Division II school, something most of them probably would not have the opportunity to do otherwise. Coach Frank Martin also makes sure his players remain eligible by demanding they attend a mandatory study hall during and after basketball season.

I have a question for Mr. Powell: If you had a son who was a good basketball player and you and your son wanted exposure and a chance at a scholarship, where would you send him? Most parents just want the best for their children. Is there anything wrong with that?

It has always been my belief that you should seize an opportunity when it's available, because you may never get that chance again. Right now it's Miami Senior High's time. Next year it may be another school. So be it.

Shirley Hanks
Miami

Miami High: Do the Math
I understand Miami High student Marysabel Merino's frustration about her school's being bashed ("Letters," March 19). Coral Gables Senior High may be participating in things that are not 100 percent legitimate, but that is just hearsay. Unfortunately it's her school that got caught. Instead of pointing the finger and shouting, "Well, they do it too," remember, two wrongs don't make a right. Think of a way to start changing things at your own school.

Heather J. Wilson
Miami

Killian Nine: It's the Principle, Stupid
I am appalled that some adults wish to view the Killian Nine's First Amendment as a creative application of the students' writing and artistic abilities ("Reading, Writing, and ... Ohmygod!" March 5). Its content is pornographic and disparaging. It demonstrates racism, violence, and demented sexual ideas. It has explicitly dishonored our county's schools. It in no way stimulates positive thought or growth. But the controversy that has resulted from its publication reminds me of the double standard that exists in this county.

There appears to be a debate as to whether those responsible for the pamphlet should continue to attend Killian or not. If black students had issued a publication of the same nature, there would be no question about expelling them. They would not be able to attend any mainstream school in Dade County.

We should rally around people who stand firm in their support of Dade County schools and state policies and laws. The firmer we stand in support of our laws, the less likely we are to perpetuate dissension and discontent in this great county. The laws and policies help us to keep sight of respecting the rights of others. When laws don't do that, we must rally to change them in a civilized and organized manner.

We are upset when people take our precious liberties for granted and when people defend wrongful actions under the guise of civil rights. We should all be saddened when people who should make a positive difference choose to rise up to defend decadence.

Sandra Stringer Ahmad
Miami

Killian Nine: It's the Principal, Stupid
Seems like there is a problem at Killian, and it is not the students. I have spoken with Killian students past and present, and none can say anything good about principal Timothy Dawson. Maybe he is the source of the school's difficulties and does not want to fix them.

J.J. Alvear
Miami

Killian Nine: Rebels Without a Clue
It saddens me to hear and read about support for the Killian Nine's puerile, hateful, childish, and racist behavior. The young people responsible for the publication of First Amendment need to learn that there are intelligent and reasoned ways to express their views.

They should keep in mind that when you act like an irresponsible rebel, people don't want you around. I hope all of them learned an important lesson.

Michele Millwood
Miami Lakes

Killian Nine: Free Speech vs. Safe Speech
Ted B. Kissell's coverage of the Killian High pamphlet affair was objective and balanced, providing an introduction to the bare facts (no pun intended).

A lot of people don't realize that this is America at its best: two sides with equally valid philosophical points of view squaring off against each other. On one side you have Aeschylus scorning the teens: "Obedience is the mother of success and is wedded to safety." On the other, you have Patrick Henry representing the students: "Give me liberty or give me death!"

Kant would have had the teens cuffed for disobeying the law; Plato would have looked into their hearts and declared, "No malfeasance intended here." Hey, you say "po-ta-to" and I say "po-tah-to." Some say America and some say Los Estados Unidos. !Ole!

Manny Losada
Miami

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