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Whatever it takes: Thanks to you from Blue Raiders football coach


Whatever it takes.

This statement became the overall slogan for the 2016 Blue Raiders Football Team: “Whatever it takes!” 

Thirty-five years ago, I remember running down the alley behind the visitors’ side of the stadium to get into the gate. I dreamed of becoming a Blue Raider one day and playing in the stadium. That dream came true. 

Then I dreamed about coming back home and coaching for the Blue Raiders. That dream came true. I never dreamed of what we as a whole have accomplished with the 2016 Blue Raiders football team.

As far back as I can remember the slogan “Whatever it takes!” has been a battle cry of this community. You came to every game and supported us. You cheered for us in the heat, rain, and cold. You made your presence known to opposing teams and to our team on and off the field. 

For those of you who do not already know I would like to share the individual goals that each member of the Blue Raiders football team sets for themselves. As our community, you have helped our team to achieve some of these goals. 

• Morals and values.

• Academics, post-secondary, career.

• Personal family.

• Football family.

• Physical conditioning.

• Caring and giving back to community.

 Because of your continued support, you have assisted in developing this team into the young men they desire to be. This community is helping to build strong men.

We often say the following to our players, “Let your action speak so clearly they can’t hear your words.”

On Dec.10, this community’s action backed up its words by creating the largest crowd this team has ever experienced and the largest crowd of championship weekend. 

The 2016 Blue Raiders football team and coaching staff would like to thank you for your support. Words cannot express how thankful we are as a team for your support and commitment this year. This past season will be a year to remember! With loyal fans like you, our team and community can accomplish anything! We would not have gotten as far as we did without the diehard fans keeping us going. Your dedication to this team is overwhelming and sincerely appreciated.


Brett Myers

Blue Raiders head coach

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 December 2016 10:48

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Donald Trump as president? The very thought is terrifying

I am writing in reference to Diana McGlone’s Sept. 21 column, “Here are the reasons I’m voting Donald Trump for president.”

She is quoted as saying, “Donald J. Trump is an example of the American dream and success story. He exemplifies that if one works hard and remains persistent, they too can be successful.” She truly believes that he will bring back jobs and improve our economy, make our borders safe by building a wall and all his other absurd, egotistical promises.

I’m not sure if Ms. McGlone is aware that he inherited his “American dream” from his father. For a man who wants to bring back jobs and “make America great again,” why does he have at least six different companies in other countries? 

He is paying minuscule wages and receiving large profits, at the American worker’s expense. He considers this “The Art of the Deal” and “being smart.” 

Mr. Trump claimed bankruptcy six times. By not keeping his financial word, he forced many small companies to go out of business (not because he couldn’t afford to pay, but because he has high-powered attorneys that know all the loopholes so he can legally avoid paying his fair share). He considers this “The Art of the Deal” and “being smart” as well.  This is also why he refuses to release his tax returns. 

His attitude and disrespect for women is deplorable. He is obsessed with thin, beautiful women, and is quick to point out other people’s indiscretions and offenses. However, what makes Mr. Trump the moral compass? 

Mr. Trump has blatantly insulted many races and nationalities. He was quoted as saying his No. 1 source for foreign policy advice was himself, because “I have a very good brain, and I’ve said a lot of things.”

He claimed to know “more about ISIS than the generals do.” And, if elected president, he will fire all the generals and hire his own people. He has tried to minimize the many sacrifices of our military, in particular Sen. John McCain and those who have lost loved ones, to his perceived sacrifices.

The thoughts of this narcissist being our country’s leader terrifies me for not only America’s future, but for the entire world.

Paula L. Kinney


formerly of Lower Swatara Township

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 October 2016 15:10

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