Archive for February 22nd, 2013

Flock Folo…

Flock1A bit of a flamingo flock folo-up…As many of you already know and as Woodstock Early Bird has finally discovered, the moving flock ‘o flamingos is a moving fundraiser for the Woodstock Union High School Varsity Girls Hockey Team. A worthy cause indeed.

We wish we could leave it at that, but we’d like to ask a few questions. First, we understand that already parents of girls wanting to participate in this sport are asked for a “donation” of $800 — to cover rink time, equipment and so forth. And now, the need for an additional fundraiser? Where is the Title IX funding from the school (and taxpayers) for this worthy Vermont women’s sport? Going to the Football team? Do other public school sponsored sports require such great financial contributions from participants families? Still? In the 21st century? Something to think about the next time public athletic funding crosses our desks.

We also understand that because some families are not able to pay up the $800 “donation, ” hockey practices have had to be curtailed — Not as many practices mean a team not as physically prepared for the rigors of an often contact sport (even if that contact is simply with the ice). Injuries abound (there have a been a couple of note this season alone) and potential liability costs are raised. Not such a good situation for our women athletes nor for the school district.


Next. A broader subject but still one concerning funding. Kindly, the fundraisers for the ice hockey team are offering to donate a portion of proceeds to help support research to reduce the incidence of breast cancer. Also, a worthy cause.

As Woodstock Early Bird has already written in the past, we lost our Mom to breast cancer many years ago. We know what it does and how fast. We get why this is an important cause. Nonetheless, we do not support funds being given to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. This foundation, so culturally entrenched now, has been mired in the ill-effects of their own making — poor financial decision-making and entry into politics which have nothing to do with breast cancer. We would point to grossly out of line executive foundation salaries (documented ad nauseam over the past couple of years in the mainstream press) and the foundation’s attempted reduction in contributions to Planned Parenthood, an important health-care provider to many poor and middle-class women who might often have a lump discovered by a doctor during a routine visit.

We would suggest the women’s hockey team make a contribution to a cause, a foundation that can prove the majority of its funds actually go to scientific breast cancer research efforts and not to party-planners of pink-ribbon events.

Keep the pink on the flamingos and off our boobs.