I would like to respond to those who wrote in regarding my previous article ''reward all teams'' (July 6).
For those of you wrote in, I agree with you about teaching the children life lessons and how to lose with grace and pride. I guess I did not express myself thoroughly in the previous article.
I, too, believe that the children need to learn these valuable lessons in life, but the reason for my frustration is the lack of consistency within the league.
The parents were never informed of the vote that had taken place to reduce the amount of awards that were given out. I feel that if this would have been done, the parents could have explained things to their children, and by doing that, those that knew or expected trophies for lower places (as done in prior years) would not have been disappointed.
Yes, I understand that first and second places may receive the trophies, but would it be unacceptable to print off some certificate of participation?
Therefore, the main reason I took it upon myself with the help of the team sponsors to get the children medals is because of the league's lack of communication and consistency on a year to year basis.
I apologize to those of you who may have misinterpreted the reason behind my intentions.
Let's just hope that for everyone's sake that anyone involved with children's sports would learn a lesson from this. Keep parents informed of changes when they happen and not at the last minute or not at all.
Some would not have known of the change if they didn't go and ask. Nothing was ever mentioned of it.
Hyzdu video, sign meaningful
I have viewed Cory Giger's documentary on altoonamirror.com of Adam Hyzdu, and it is an excellent video.
My family still lives in Altoona so I have attended many Altoona Curve games.
The sign [of Hyzdu's retired number] was donated by my father, Robert Edwards, in memory of my brother, John Edwards, who died in February, 2002.
Both my father and my brother were huge Curve fans, and my brother's company had done all of the signage at Blair County Ballpark until his untimely death in 2002.
The sign was very important to my dad as were the Altoona Curve.
Kathy (Edwards) Shaffer
Bel Air, Md.