The Free Press, Mankato, MN


June 8, 2013

MSU baseball season inspired

Thumbs up to the Minnesota State University baseball team for its dramatic and inspiring run to the Division II national championship game.

The team and the season were a real delight for fans and the university community. Pitcher Jason Hoppe’s NCAA record 55 1/3 scoreless innings was only icing on the cake. The team had 42 victories, including an 11-game post-season win streak. Several players and coaches won national awards including pitcher of the year for Harvey Martin, and coach of the year for Matt Magers.

This was the team’s third appearance in the World Series in four years, with a higher finish each year. Having finished runner up, their new goal is to bring back and national championship. We have confidence they will make another strong run next year.

Coaches, players, fans, students, parents and supporters have a reason to feel good about this team and their efforts for many years to come. The team had discipline, drive and sportmanship and a respect for each other and their coach.

It was an historic season that only added to the success of MSU’s football, basketball, hockey and various other varsity sports.

Sexual assault comment was awful

Thumbs down to U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Georgia, for his remarks that raging hormones are partly to blame for sexual assaults in the military.

Republican Rep. Mike Turner, co-chairman of the military sexual assault prevention caucus, stated criminals, not hormones, cause sexual assaults.

“Perpetuating this line of thinking does nothing to help change the culture of our military. We must be focused on combating this issue directly. The numbers speak for themselves,” the Ohio representative said.

IRS spending spree showed no respect

Thumbs down to IRS and its Congressional oversight committee for lavish conference spending during the economic downtown. A Treasury Department’s report uncovered that $50 million was spent to hold 220 conferences for employees between 2010 and 2012.

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