Saint Francis will miss Haigh

I’m writing about Joe Haigh retiring from the Saint Francis women’s basketball program.

I have known Coach Haigh since he got here 10 years ago. People were not happy with the way they played and he coached. That’s their problem.

There were, for sure, people that enjoyed seeing 100-point games and, I for sure, was one of them.

Haigh and I were good friends from the get-go. In my 18 years of running the Jewish Memorial Center basketball program, he was always there for me — at no charge and always with a smile.

He would even bring his girls down to help out. He had my elementary teams up for halftime games of Saint Francis games.

We went out for dinner several times and talked hoops. His players miss him, and that’s a fact.

I hope he catches on this summer with another team. He has much to offer.

When you hear a coach had retired prematurely, there is usually a lot more to it than that. In this particular case, I think there’s a whole lot more.

Calvin Bragonier

Altoona

Tomlin should be out of time

As I watched the Super Bowl, I could not help to think about what could have and should have been.

With three games to go on their schedule, the Steelers played arguably the worst team in the NFL — Oakland.

Mike Tomlin chose to let his medically cleared quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger, stand on the sideline while his unproven quarterback stumbled through the second half.

Predictably, the Steelers lost, losing any chance to make the playoffs with the difficult schedule for the rest of the season. Then who can blame Antonio Brown for not being anxious to play in a meaningless game to close the season?

Why the Rooneys would extend this coach’s tenure is beyond me. Then Rooney talks of dismissing Brown, who represents some 40 percent of the Steelers offense.

If he is sent out of town, I hope he ends up in Cleveland or Baltimore. Won’t he have a ball with the Steelers’ defensive backfield?

Renew this coach’s contract? Why?

Raymond J. Scanlan

Ebensburg

Heights needs to keep pool as ‘jewel’

At the Cambria Heights School Board meeting last month, I added to the list of reasons why our pool needs to remain as a district asset in our high school.

Reimbursement monies are now available from PlanCon through PDE, which were not available upon conception of the plan to renovate the high school — monies that can be used toward another project: the pool.

Loan rates are at an all-time low, saving the district money over time. Also, geo-thermal energy is in the plan, which will save the district money in energy costs.

Therefore, the financial stars are aligning.

The Mount Carmel School District received $250,000 through a grant, aided by their legislator. The community and representative believed the pool to be a community asset.

Plenty of benefits exist to students, taxpayers, families and the community.

The student population can learn swimming skills, life-saving and instructor certifications; swimming can be included in physical education.

Outreaching to organizations like the YMCA, Highmark, hospitals, senior citizens, veterans, hydro-therapies for handicapped and rehabilitation and wellness programs would provide revenues and community benefits.

Open swims, public swim lessons and rentals for parties are revenue-making events the pool could host.

A swim team promotes Title IX — required equal opportunity for female sports — and all athletes can use the pool for conditioning.

Our swim team could benefit from scholarship opportunities, home meets and practices, saving busing costs.

Northern Cambria and Central Cambria have maintained and updated their pools through renovations.

Do their board members care or manage more efficiently? A decision to eliminate the pool is not in the best interest of our community, students and taxpayers.

The board was elected to represent the constituents of our district.

Our pool should be a hub and co-op for other schools that never had a pool. Our pool is a jewel.

Nancy Behe

Carrolltown