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Letters from Nov. 10, 2007

Presidential election: The Ron Paul Revolution

Today I am witnessing the “Ron Paul Revolution”. A grassroots effort to create a single day donation spike to the Ron Paul for President 2008 Campaign has resulted in $4.2 million from about 35,000 donors on Nov. 5.

The final funds raised by the Ron Paul campaign on Nov. 5 broke all Republican records and leave only two Democrat records standing.

I have been meeting Ron Paul supporters over the past few months and here is what I’ve learned: They are from young and old, rich and poor, life taught and book smart, all political parties and any other way you can “divide” people. So, what brings Ron Paul supporters together? It is that Americans want peace, freedom and prosperity.

We all have our niche projects, for one person it may be health care freedom, for another it may be the choice to homeschool and another may be concerned with private property rights, to name a few. Ron Paul is acting as a catalyst for all of these freedom threads in America to meet and unite as a single fabric.

As Ron Paul has said, “The message of freedom is popular.” Please go to www.ronpaul2008.com to learn more about Ron Paul.

MARTHA DE FOREST

Seabeck

Thank you: Well done CK Rec. Soccer players, parents

The season is nearing its end and I’d like to express my thanks. Well done CK Recreational Soccer parents! Many times we forget to give credit where credit is due ... The parents of soccer kids. Here’s what they have to deal with for 10-plus weeks: Cost to join; uniform deposit; hot weather; cold weather and rain; waking up early on the weekend for games and driving to the far reaches of Kitsap County searching for a field deep in the boonies; getting nickeled and dimed for things like fund-raisers, pictures and snacks; fuel to get to practice and games; listening to their daughters talk about how the girl on the other team was pushing or shoving; keeping soccer clothes clean; looking for socks, shin-pads and lost cleats at the last second; spending two days a week for practice plus one day for a game usually breaking up the family weekend plans; and fixing quick meals and getting homework done later at night.

Aside from what I mentioned above, there are many rewards for all. We tend to forget them sometimes. Here is my list: camaraderie; social gathering and learning; friendship; discipline; physical fitness; sportsmanship; watching a player finally “get it” and understand soccer; watching a player try something difficult in a game they learned from practice; watching players communicate with each other effectively on the field; hearing from a parent that their child can’t wait to go to practice; seeing a physically challenged child develop over the season and make a great pass, assist or even score a goal; watch a child play against their own best self; seeing a child’s self-esteem and self-worth grow; and experiencing the growth of confidence in a child.

I would like to acknowledge the parents of the CK team, Girls Under 11 years old, The Cyclones. Here’s what the parents did this year that is worth recognizing: they brought their girls to practice; they brought their girls to practice on time; they picked their girls up from practice on time; they brought their girls to the games; they brought their girls to the games on time; the parents allowed the coaches to do their jobs during practice and games; the parents came to the games; they encouraged other family members to be at the games; they provided a special fund for a soccer party … (see nickeled and dimed above); all the parents were positive and cheered for their children and others on the other teams; the CK parents have raised well-mannered children; the parents and families did not question the decisions of the referees; the parents helped line the fields and set up goal nets and the parents kept the time, statistics and volunteered to be linesman for the referee.

The CK parents really showed good sideline manners and great sportsmanship this season. This is what came about due to their help: the head coach had time to teach more techniques, rules of play and sportsmanship. It freed the coach up with some of the administrative challenges that sometimes occur. It helped for a successful season.

Special thanks to: Brian Vanwoudenburg for setting up the fields and keeping a game clock for the coaches and collecting soccer balls during drills.

The Ichikis family for providing a bench for the games. Veronica Vanwoudenburg for ordering sweatshirts (nickeld and dimed again).

Matt Strange for net setup, statistics gathering and sideline observations plus warming up the goalie and collecting soccer balls during drills.

The families who are organizing the end of season party, the Arndts, Yennis, Gauldens, Vanwoudenbergs, Siedels and Stranges,

Special extra thanks to my wife, coach Netta, who volunteered to be the assistant coach this year. I wasn’t quite sure how it was going to work out but she was the best I could hope for. Thank you all for your patience, time, nickels and dimes. I think it was all worth it. It was truly a pleasure to teach soccer to your well-mannered children this season.

COACH BRET HALFFMAN

Silverdale

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