Matt Schaeffer's Column
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
[b]Community Softball: A Cure for Political Overload?[/b]
It's 5:30 pm on a Thursday evening at the softball field in Norridgewock. As the regular "jocks" and "rookies" stroll in and stretch out their limbs for the upcoming softball contest, onlookers will soon notice that the participants vary in age (18-60+), shape, size, gender, athleticism, and some with physical handicaps and some with not. Another thing that is noticed, especially if you know any of them is that many are on both sides of the political spectrum. We have some, like myself, very heavily involved in local and state partisan politics that lean a little right. We have some individuals that are firmly against President Bush and the Iraq War and some that want just want the government out of their lives. Regardless of any of their political affiliations and viewpoints regarding public policy, they all share at least two things in common this day of the week, they love the competition that softball brings and of course they love the Boston Red Sox.
On the community level, softball and sports in general, is a way to bring people of all walks of life together.