Disc golf course deserves support
How sad the upstanding students were not encouraged and applauded for their industrious efforts to create a community disc golf course at the Soquel park! Rather, their plan was melodramatically attacked with absurd exaggerations like "flying circular razor blades" (i.e., Frisbees) are safety risks (like Little League plays with rocket grenades), and the park "is the only place in Soquel for certain vegetation" and "stress relief." Really? Miles and miles of ocean and redwoods surround us! Not to mention yoga studios. Anna Jean Cummings Park is an ideal location for a disc golf course. The bureaucratic delays and community opposition is reprehensible. With three children who have played every sport from baseball to tennis to skiing, etc., I know disc golf is by far the most affordable (free!), socially engaging and nature-loving family sport that truly unites generations in an uncommonly kind, accepting and supportive sporting culture. This project warrants your support.
Robin Belkin, Soquel
Krugman is a joke
Krugman the Kook is at it again, praising the new federal bureaucratic regulation created by those whiz-kids Chris Dodd and Barney Frank, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and worried that it might be "axed" by the bad guys in government. It is Krugman's belief that we absolutely require the vital protections provided by our government against financial "fraud and abuse" i.e. the nanny needs to hold our hand because we can't read finer print (and we the taxpayers pay for this guardianship). The GOP "wants to make America safe for financial fraud!" and are "friends of fraud!" Krugman is a joke and I think it's unfortunate that you publish his column so regularly.
Beth Ahrens-Kley, Santa Cruz
Athlete drug users looking to stay on top
I disagree with the notion that professional athletes are using drugs because they want to keep making the big bucks. These three recent accusations occurred on players that sealed their fame before they were accused of doping.
Alex Rodriguez, Ray Lewis and Lance Armstrong have all participated in their sports for a long time and I believe they took the drugs to maintain their high caliber status. Money is money, and it is always nice to have, but when you have reached a superstar level in your respected sport the primary objective is to maintain their ability to be the best.
The fact is that when you are the best at something you do not want to fall off. You want to go out on top. Doping "helps" athletes stay on top as they get older. Money doesn't buy their happiness, but championships do.
Trevor Fredrickson, Castaic