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Letter to the editor: A world without music and arts?

For decades, sports have taken precedence over the music and arts in school. Don’t see many 80- or 90-year-olds playing football, but it’s amazing how many of the same age are still playing a musical instrument in bands and orchestras.

Many of today’s church organists or pianists range in age from 70 to even their 90s.

Yet, if you have ever attended some of the band or orchestra concerts in various schools in this area, you would be simply amazed at the musical talent our children have. Yes, it’s rather hard on the ears when they first start playing an instrument, or the piano hitting sour notes, or the high squeaks on the clarinets, etc., but by the time they are in high school the metamorphosis from young, inexperienced musicians to almost professional in performing is unbelievable.

Pequot Lakes has reaped benefits from their auditorium for years. We could do the same at Pine River-Backus, except sports seem to be of greater importance.

Yes, we have a gym that seats large crowds, but when I was still able to attend events there, they were usually spoiled by rude people who insisted on tromping up and down those wooden steps during elementary programs and band and choir concerts, practically drowning out the performances.

School plays were held in the old gym with hard folding chairs to sit on. The quality of lighting and sound systems left much to be desired.

Despite all odds, the students did a fantastic job; but again, people are questioning the cost of an auditorium. Why aren’t there any objections to the cost involved in well-groomed football and baseball fields, track, bleachers, broadcasting booths, lighting and sound systems rendered unusable under snow and ice for three or four months of the school year?

Think about it.

Dolores Zaske,

Pine River

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