I am writing this letter as a concerned father, educator and citizen. I want to preface this retort to the OpEd that Rep. Massie wrote concerning his bill to abolish the Department of Education (ED), by saying that I am a lifelong registered Independent voter.
It was April 6, 1998, when my mother, after a full day of teaching third grade, was admitted to the hospital with abdominal pain. The following day we started saying goodbye, and on April 10, she passed away.
The unscripted nature of sports is what makes it so encapsulating to me and so many of its viewers. There are moments that seem to reverberate beyond the game that’s being played, and though those moments may be few and far between, they’re special.
I had just a few minutes to run a quick errand before checking into the hospital for surgery. I pulled into a downtown Chattanooga parking garage, and the attendant, an older woman, struck up a conversation. When she found out I needed to park for less than 30 minutes, the following dialogue ensued: