From Wikileaks to WV "AAA" Football

By: Roger Sheppard
By: Roger Sheppard

It's All About Being Fair

Two topics for this week’s editorial, one dealing with leaks…and the other dealing with sports.

First the Wikileaks fiasco in which secret communications between the U.S. and several of its allies have been leaked to the public, to the embarrassment of many people involved. A society such as ours which prides itself on being open, always has a conflict about what needs to remain secret and what can be made public. If it would endanger someone’s life to release certain information, you usually don’t release it.
While I don’t condone the release of secret materials that have been appropriately kept secret, I also know that many state, local, and federal agencies will fight tooth and nail to keep even tiny details secret just because they can.
It wouldn’t be so bad if the “Wiki-leakers” were leaking material from EVERY nation, like Russia, China, Iran, North Korea and many dictatorships and not just the U.S and its friends. If those other countries’ secrets are not “outed,” then it makes the U.S. look like it’s the worst about saying one thing publicly and saying another thing privately, when that may not be the case.
The fact that we have the technology to communicate with our allies in this manner, should not mean that we and we alone are singled out just because the people at Wikileaks can’t or don’t want to get the same types of info about more closed societies.
On an entirely different matter is the court battle over which Triple “A” high school football team in West Virginia should be allowed to play in the championship game.  The Secondary Schools Athletic Commission – the SSAC – ruled that certain players for South Charleston could not play due to a fight in a game with Hurricane. But a Kanawha County circuit judge over-turned that ruling. Now the whole thing is a mess. It reminds me of a few years ago when Wood County Circuit Judge, George Hill, went against the SSAC and ruled that two wrestlers, whom the SSAC said were not eligible to compete in an event, should be allowed to do so. The judge was wrong to get involved then and this judge in Kanawha County is wrong to get involved now.
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