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Readers posted online at www.yourdailyjournal.com and on The Daily Journal’s Facebook page in response to staff writer Matt Harrelson’s story on Wednesday, “Hoggard, McKenzie seek $50,000 from commissioners” to create a countywide youth football program.

Here are some of the more than two dozen comments.

“I like it; give the kids something to do. See if we can keep them away from negative things and give them positive people in their life.”

Cindy Sellers Lassiter

“The only thing this county wants to spend money on is football. What about the other 90 percent that are not interested in football?”

Trey Newton

“What about the kids in marching band? They need money, too. We are having a golf tournament to raise our money. All kids don’t play football. Let’s do something to get money for all the kid activities for the schools, not just football.”

Randy B. Stubbs

“The $50,000 would best be spent elsewhere. One reason the county had an increase in free lunch is because more focus is put on producing football players than producing educated and skilled individuals.”

Brian Goodman

“It’s always been about football for Richmond County. What about seeking the money for education purposes?”

Kayla Barber

“Also, how does this keep the female population out of ‘trouble’ and support them?”

Tiffany Fucci Johnson

“Thumbs up to Paul and Mr. McKenzie!”

Natalie Johnson

“There are a lot of kids that reach middle school that have already been in so much trouble and aren’t motivated to make good grades that aren’t eligible to play sports. I agree that $50,000 sound like a lot of money, but if some of the children who have been ‘lost along the way’ could have an opportunity for a good experience with good leaders that will keep an eye on them, I’m all for it.”

Mary Kate Lambeth

“This county is more focused on sports than education and improving the economy. A child (any child) has a 1 in 2,000 chance of becoming a doctor or lawyer. That same child has a 1 in 25,000 chance in becoming a pro athlete. Really? Things like this is what gives Richmond County a bad name.”

Michelle Myers Beck

“That $50,000 could b e used for a homeless shelter. Also, there are over 300-plus homeless children in Richmond County. We should get a shelter for mothers and children before a football program.”

Deborah Knight

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