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Forum, Oct. 14: Hartford team handled harassment with dignity

Published: 10/13/2021 10:00:05 PM
Modified: 10/13/2021 10:00:12 PM
Hartford team handled harassment with dignity

As a proud grandmother of two dedicated high school soccer players, I read with interest and disgust about Hartford High School’s game Thursday in Fair Haven (“Soccer team walks off over harassment,” Oct. 9).

I am so impressed with the Hartford player who left the field after listening to inappropriate remarks from the sidelines. You hold your head up and concentrate on your job. If the bullying or sexual harassment doesn’t stop, you must walk away. She’s to be commended for handling the situation with strength and dignity.

Head coach Jeff Acker, likewise, handled the situation well. Realizing that his players were acting “off,” he figured out what was happening and, by calling his team off the field before the clock ran out, he took responsibility for their safety and well-being.

We have rules that penalize players for unsportsmanlike behavior on or off the field. There should be zero tolerance for sexual harassment, or any harassment from spectators.



Imposing a potentially dangerous choice on others

Some people think they are exercising their “personal freedom” by refusing to be vaccinated against COVID-19. I, too, want to exercise my freedom.

I want to go to a restaurant for a leisurely meal, attend community meetings in person, play a game of basketball, visit my out-of-state family and enjoy a movie at the theater.

In other words, I would like to return to my pre-pandemic life.

But I can’t. Why not? Because unvaccinated adults, through ignorance and selfishness, force the rest of us to confine ourselves and diminish our lives so they can do whatever they want.

The pandemic has become a choice. Vaccines prevent COVID-19 and minimize its severity. Those who refuse to get vaccinated impose their potentially dangerous choice on others, who would like our social and community lives and our economy to “reopen.” The unvaccinated are prolonging the pandemic by acting in their own self-interest, based on no factual evidence.

How can the unvaccinated complain about restrictions on their freedom when they, by their actions, prevent themselves and the rest of us from exercising the freedom to live without endangering everyone’s health and lives?



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