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April 17, 2014

Exploiting state champs in order to make money

NEW CASTLE — Editor, The News:

It’s been a few weeks since the New Castle boys basketball team capped off a tremendous season by winning the state championship.

As the last few seconds ticked off the clock, people were excited, the town was electric, the players and coaches became like celebrities overnight.

It has been a feel-good story ever since. However, for some people, instead of celebrating, it was a time to think of how they could profit from the team’s success.

Just a few hours after the game, a few people set up shop in downtown New Castle to sell state championship merchandise. Normally, that’s OK, but these people did not even live in the city.

Instead, local merchants suffered. These merchants who give portions of their sales back to the New Castle boosters lost out.

And let’s not forget about the auto industry. These people who live in the township and whose heart is in the township felt it was a perfect opportunity to jump on the Cane train. Keep in mind that their team made the playoffs, but I guess that was not good enough.

In the end, we know who comes first.

For now, it’s time to honor and celebrate the achievements of these young men and their coaches and remember that a real New Castle fan would leave his or her wallet at home.

Paul Maas

Brookshire Drive

New Castle

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