READERS RESPOND TO MILK AND ATHLETES
In a nutshell, farmers aren't seeing the money... and no... there are hardly any modern athletes who play with the passion and desire of the '82 Brewers.
These are a couple things I learned in my email the last couple days. I get lots of responses to these various postings, and now and then I like to share them with the group.
Let's start with the Milk vs. Gas story. I want to reiterate that the previous column is in no way meant to crack on dairy farmers. When I said I hope they're getting rich... I meant it. Few people deserve it more. I list that among the toughest jobs in America. I truly have no aversion to paying 4 dollars a gallon for milk. I'm fine with it. It's a fair price for the product.
The point I was trying to make, is that I think $2.75 is a fair price for a gallon of gas. I don't like it. I wish it were less, but I'm no more angry at the oil industry than I am at the dairy industry.
Two responses I want to share with you... one from Kris who's family is in dairy farming:
"It's not the farmers who are making a ton of money from the rising milk costs. I come from a long line of farmers and can tell you they struggle every day to make enough to survive. Most of those rising costs go to the various "middle men" like distributors, haulers, marketers etc...
...My brothers, who should be at the age when they can be retiring and resting, will probably be milking cows until they themselves die in the barn because they have no money to retire on.
So like you, I do hope the farmers make a "ton of money" on the rising costs of milk, but that just ain't gonna happen!"
The other issue with my argument was raised by my wife, who points out we go through about 2 gallons of milk per week and probably 40 gallons of gas. Point taken... high gas prices hurt more and cut deeper. They also affect everything... including the price for milk, because it costs more to plant and harvest feed... and then to transport the milk.
Okay... on to the other day's article where we discussed the modern athlete being incapable of giving as much toward their respective sports as guys like the '82 Brewers. I asked for thoughts on who might make the list. Todd writes:
"I think the likes of Deion Sanders or any Cowboy except Emmitt Smith, and the list goes on of the athletes void of soul. However, I do think there are a lot of unsung heroes out there in the minor leagues, any women’s sport, and other small markets that do it for the love of the game, their teammates and fans. Unfortunately, those aren’t the people in the news, no offense. It’s the turf toe, groin pulled, hyped up, gangster rap, dog fighting superstar that the future athletes of tomorrow hear about and it’s only going to get worse."
Yeah... I guess I was talking about pros in the big 3 baseball, basketball, football. There are a lot of true athletes who "want it," but few among those who make millions of dollars a year. I'd count most olympians among those still true of heart, although even some of them are more concerned with getting on the Wheaties box than they are with glory for the sport and their country.