This has been bugging me since the high school basketball championships in Augusta. All schools have rules and regulations that players must follow. If a player commits a crime, they are off the team for at least that season. So, how is it that a team consisting of all juvenile delinquents, can play for a Gold Ball, just like the other “law-abiding” teams?

How is that teaching ball players who work hard to keep their grades up and keep their noses clean when they see a team such as A.R. Gould in the Class “D” playoffs having just as much of a chance to win a Gold Ball as teams such as Rangeley, Vinalhaven and Richmond, whose members have played by the rules all year long?

I am all for giving kids a second chance, but in this current world we give everybody plenty of chances, so that argument won’t count with me.

That should never be allowed to happen. That team played only home games (I wonder why), and played just half as many games as all the other teams. And still got in.

Fair? I don’t think so.

Also, the Sun Journal insists that a letter to the editor be no more that 250 words. Funny, when I sent one in a while ago it was more than 250 and couldn’t go in. But, recently, I have seen at least two with way more than that amount that were printed.

Different rules for different people?

Jon Holmes, Dixfield

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