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Thursday, May 2, 2019 12:14 am

Letters to the Editor

 

COLLEGE ATHLETES NOT ENTITLED TO PLAY
As one of Brian Holzgrafe’s former players, who is now an NCAA D-I coach, I can see where Mr. Lozier could have it out for Coach Holzgrafe (“Tennis, anyone?,” April 25). The atmosphere in college athletics and vibe is now that anyone and everyone is entitled to four years of a scholarship. This has never been the case, and athletes are on a yearly renewal basis at the coach’s discretion.

What does a 611th ranking in juniors have to do with college performance? You could be ranked first in juniors and get to college and it means nothing until you perform as a student-athlete, which means you also have to follow team rules. When you break rules, treat teammates or coaching staff poorly or exhibit poor behavior, you get consequences. Coach Holzgrafe was never the kind of coach to tolerate it. I played for Coach Holzgrafe, and we butted heads at times.

At one point in my college tennis career, my attitude was too big for the court and Coach Holzgrafe put me in check, reminding me of my commitment to be a good teammate and to abide by supporting my team and the coaching staff. I made the adjustment because it was that or leave.

We all make choices, whether we are interested in growing or choose to stay children. This lesson is part of life and Mr. Lozier seems more interested in a free ride of $10 million than the lesson he refused to learn from a cause-and-effect situation. I actually pity this kid, but also the parents who are supporting him in not only his unwillingness to deal with fair consequences but his willingness to try and destroy a man’s livelihood in a court of law.

Becky Carlson
Via illinoistimes.com


PEDOPHILES LIKELY TO REOFFEND
As a retired clinical psychologist who specialized in sexual abuse, I have followed news stories on the matter with interest.  The IT article on Bishop Paprocki’s involvement in sexual abuse cases in Chicago during the 1990s (“Paprocki and pedophiles,” April 25) noted that the diocese relied on the “psychology available to us at the time, what the mental health experts were telling us.”  His statements may have been applicable for the 50s, 60s, and even into the 70s; however, by the 1980s, there was increasing awareness and research indicating a high rate of recidivism for sexual abuse even among outpatient pedophiles who underwent intensive psychotherapy, e.g., 21% after 24 months with increased percentages over longer periods of time.  In the 1960s there was a body of research that found that offenders against boys were at least twice as likely to reoffend as offenders against girls.

By the 1990s, no one who was knowledgeable in the field was recommending that sexual molesters or pedophiles be placed in a position where they would have the opportunity to reoffend.  His mental health experts do not appear to have been up-to-date in understanding sexual offenders.

The story states that Bishop Paprocki noted that the theory was that pedophiles were akin to alcoholics in that they could learn to not offend just as an alcoholic could learn not to drink; however, would he have given an alcoholic priest a job in a bar?   

Helen P. Appleton, Ph.D., ABPP
Springfield

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