Kudos to University of Oklahoma football coach Bob Stoops, Athletic Director Joe Castiglione and President David Boren for a swift and strong response to one of their star recruit’s wholly inappropriate off-field behavior. Rather than taking the unjustified traditional approach of “Let’s wait and see if he’s convicted,” they agreed that the alleged barbaric and criminal behavior of national top recruit Joe Mixon warranted suspension from the football team and removal from the team's roster.
Violence against women in this country by men, typically much larger and stronger, must stop. Let’s hope that male athletes across the country, who previously could depend upon their on-field value to the school’s athletic program to excuse such behavior, will take note: They can no longer get free passes when behaving this way. Let’s also hope that coaches across the country follow the lead of a highly respected coach from an area of the country not known for being at the leading edge of shifts in what’s considered acceptable in society.
Stephen Reynolds, Santa Cruz, Calif.
A laughable excuse
My thanks to Steven E. Morris (Your Views, Aug. 20) for holding the door and giving up a parking space for women. We all know that these two things are the ultimate way to show respect. I was taught that these are polite actions to do for anyone, regardless of gender. It’s unfortunate that Joe Mixon didn’t use better judgment himself. His actions have disappointed a lot of people, but to use the “reflex” excuse is laughable.
Most of us can only speculate on the video of Mixon and the woman he’s accused of hitting. But we do know that Amelia Molitor suffered serious injuries. We also know that Joe Mixon is more than 6 feet tall and weighs 200 pounds. He had a choice that night — strike Molitor or simply walk away. If someone is physically bigger than his opponent, he will be in a position of authority. It makes no difference if it’s violence directed towards women, children or other men.
Nothing good can come from striking another person. Regardless of what “world” people grow up in, they do have a choice. Walking away and cooling down would have better served Joe Mixon.
Sarah Abhayagoonawardhana, Choctaw
Reading “Language debate one of many issues dividing Americans” (Our Views, Aug. 18) led me to recall an article I read in the March 17, 2012, issue of the New York Times Sunday Review titled “Why Bilinguals are Smarter.” The article begins, “Speaking two languages rather than just one has obvious practical benefits in an increasingly globalized world. But in recent years, scientists have begun to show that the advantages of bilingualism are even more fundamental than being able to converse with a wider range of people. Being bilingual, it turns out, makes you smarter. It can have a profound effect on your brain, improving cognitive skills not related to language and even shielding against dementia in old age.”
Other sources of research confirm this belief and your readers should be exposed to this research. Stamping out ignorance is a worthwhile endeavor no matter where it exists, even in Oklahoma.
Dillard Jenkins, Grand Junction, Colo.
The current U.S. Department of Justice is the most racist and political federal agency in the history of this country. It started its tenure by refusing to prosecute the New Black Panther thugs who intimidated voters in Pennsylvania in the previous national election, although the case had been readied for court by the previous Department of Justice. Since then, Justice has failed to fully and effectively investigate anything that would reflect poorly on this administration: the Fast and Furious gun running fiasco, the IRS targeting of conservatives, the NSA eavesdropping scandal, etc.
Yet on two occasions the department has interfered in what should have been local issues: the Trayvon Martin shooting and now the Michael Brown shooting. It appears that the only way to get Eric Holder and company to act is to have a black victim. The rest of us can’t expect justice from them.
Susan Dixon, Oklahoma City