Thanks for the support
Thank you for your support in the Democratic primary election. When I first ran for state representative six years ago, I promised to be available and responsive to you, to keep you informed and to support the values we Vermonters hold dear: a clean and safe environment, a high-quality educational system, a strong economy and a fair and affordable tax system. We have made progress on all of these fronts, but we still have a lot of work to do to achieve these goals, especially in the area of funding our education system with less reliance on property taxes. I will continue to work hard to make Vermont a great place to earn a living and raise a family.
Thank you again for your support, and I hope you will do so again in November.
Rep. Mike Yantachka
No respect for the game
For the past few years, Little League baseball across the country has been losing players. Most people blame it on other sports, but I have a different theory.
Little League Baseball is losing kids to other sports because the game of baseball is not being taught by adults who have a respect for the game. With a couple of exceptions, it is being taught by baseball illiterate, incompetent and unknowledgeable adults who don’t have a basic understanding of the game or its rules.
I’ve been involved in Charlotte/Shelburne Little League in one way or another for 22 years. I’ve raised money, coached and umpired. I’ve volunteered in Bristol, Connecticut, as media coordinator, umpire and uncle. I’ve seen this over and over again.
However, nowhere have I seen a more political organization than in Shelburne—with personal agendas and little knowledge of the game. Board members and coaches blast the volunteer umpires for not making the call to their liking. They protest but don’t explain to the kids what just happened on the field because they themselves lack the knowledge and respect for the game.
I ask you, would you want a teacher at Shelburne Community School or Charlotte Central teaching your kids about a subject when they don’t have a grasp of the material? Maybe that’s why baseball is losing today’s youth to other sports—the adults can’t translate actually how exciting baseball truly is.
This year, the All Star teams from Shelburne, Charlotte and Hinesburg (they are consolidated now) were able to have 14 players on the 9/10 and 11/12 year-old teams. However, the “insiders” who run this league decided to eliminate four kids and only have 12 on each team. Because of this, four children did not get to wear the shirt, the hat, the uniform and practice every day and be inspired to love baseball even more. Instead it is the private agenda of these board members not to facilitate the game for the over 250 children that participate but only the 24 or so who are their children to participate in post-season play.
Little League is for all youth within the borders of Shelburne, Charlotte and Hinesburg who wish to participate. Playing in post-season games is how the less-skilled players get better so they too may have a love and respect for the game. But we must insist that teachers of the game have the basic tools and understanding and respect for the game first.
As the local Little League by-laws state, every September there has to be an advertised, open meeting of the public for elections for the board. Please participate in this process. Go to the meeting and let your voice be heard for ALL of the kids. Please don’t allow these few baseball illiterate board members to continue to ruin this game. Go to the open meeting and get involved!