For many years, I, like many others in the community you serve, have sat quietly, but will do so no longer. Your general bias against the school and community you support has not gone unnoticed over the years. But still, as a whole the community sends you their support in forms of continuing subscriptions. As a member of a household where your paper has been delivered every morning for the past 20-plus years, I think it's time my opinion be heard.
On the Nov. 9 issue, there was a very large image portrayed on the front page of the paper that instilled an anger in me that I never thought possible. Sure, in the past The Daily Item's "reporting" and "journalism" has ruffled the feathers of the dedicated Shikellamy community, but today it has gone too far. Quite frankly, I've had enough and will take no more. On the cover of the paper this morning was a picture of my dearest brother, Garrett Kemberling, frozen in an emotional upset over the end of his senior season on the Shikellamy football team. To this I say: How dare you? What gives you the right? (Obviously the First Amendment). But where is your moral high ground? Or respect for persons? All of which would have granted you the better judgment to not put such a private moment, now made not so private thanks to the zoom of your cameras, on the front page of the paper.
Few people know the actual struggle that my brother went through over the past year to even get where he is at today. After receiving a career ending injury for most when he blew out his knee, tearing his ACL, MCL, and meniscus, in last year's football season, the community and communities from other school districts gave support in a most heart warming manner in hopes of seeing a great athlete return to play the game. My brother worked harder than I have ever seen him, and endured extreme pains, both emotional and physical, to be able to join his team on the field again for his senior tear. Garrett's journey through recovery paid off when he was cleared ahead of schedule to play. Of course, the season was a little rocky. But that is to be expected, especially when he was unable to participate fully in most of the pre-season practicing. But his come back and performance, as well as the Shikellamy football team as a whole, very much went above and beyond when exceeding expectations. I can honestly say I have never been more proud, especially of my brother (Adrian Peterson's got nothing on Garrett).
A bit of encouragement to the Shikellamy football team: I have watched and listened to every football game this season. I, and the community, have been a part of your struggles, and have proudly watched you overcome them. You all have represented your school valiantly in your season. Hold your heads high and proud boys, or more correctly, men. Though your season was not as long as you may have hoped, it was still victorious. To the seniors: even though your time playing has ended, you will always be a member of the Shikellamy football family. And for those players who will be returning next Season, I look forward to watching and listening to your future successes and victories.