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January 1, 2009 at 4:05 PM

College bowl overhaul

Get a clue

This morning at breakfast I was talking to my son, who is home from college for the holidays, when he told me that Congress was considering taking action to abolish the Bowl Championship Series system [“Despite economy, a record 34 bowl games this year,” Bud Withers staff column, Dec. 14]. I was speechless.

There are a lot of serious problems facing the country but, I’m sorry, college football playoffs is not one of them. The fact that even a single member of Congress would propose addressing such an issue is very telling as to why the country is in such trouble.

Having failed to address important issues like Social Security, Medicare and the astronomical medical costs in the country, and having done a miserable job with addressing the financial meltdown, one can sort of understand why they might want to tackle something like the BCS system.

Hearings could go on for weeks keeping them busy, and in the end, regardless of what they came up with, they could declare a win. A “win” in Congress is desperately needed to help justify the pay raise they recently voted themselves.

Meanwhile, increasing numbers of taxpayers are becoming non-taxpayers as they lose their jobs, but they can take solace in the fact that our Congress will be addressing college-bowl playoffs to make them more fair.

— Jim Beaty, Seattle

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