Had certain faculty members followed rules for eligibility of basketball and baseball players, SFA would not have lost winning records of games from 2014-2019 in which ineligible players had participated. The university would not be facing loss of funds that resulted from the penalty assessed because of lack of accountability by those responsible for following regulations. Whether the lack of accountability reflects ignorance of the rules or deliberate neglect to follow guidelines, the buck has stopped at the people who were in charge and did not measure up to their responsibilities.

The coronavirus pandemic reveals the lack of accountability in Washington and in the toadying responses of some governors. Information from health experts was ignored. It continues to be ignored, despite the steady rise in cases of COVID-19.

Checkers in our grocery stores and other truly essential businesses, people who work hard and whose paychecks often don’t reflect a living wage, are players in our local and national economy. They often have jobs that do not include health benefits, even though they have, along with medical personnel at all levels, the riskiest jobs. The pandemic is revealing need for recognition of inequities in wages and health care. Maybe that revelation will be a redeeming result of this shared disaster.

Doris Daniel


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