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Letter to the Editor
October 2, 2007, 11:48 pm
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In his recent outburst against Jenni Carlson’s column on Bobby Reid, one of Mike Gundy’s points was that Reid – three months shy of his 22nd birthday – is just “a kid” and shouldn’t be criticized. I don’t think Gundy is doing Reid any favors calling him a kid. Consider:

David Farragut saw his first combat at age 11 and became captain of a captured ship at age 12. The previous captain first tried to ignore Farragut, calling him a mere child. Farragut answered that anyone who did not follow his orders would be thrown overboard. The other sailors later said there was no question who was in charge of the ship.

Josiah was eight years old when he began his successful 31-year reign as king of Judah.

At age 10, John Quincy Adams served as his father’s assistant on diplomatic missions to Europe. At 14, he served as American diplomat Francis Dana’s secretary and interpreter in the court of Catherine of Russia.

John Hancock graduated from Harvard at 17.

At 17, Stonewall Jackson was serving as a constable (police officer).

Alexander the Great became king of Macedon at age 20 (and by 32 had conquered the known world). Would Gundy call 20-year-old Alexander “a kid”?

If an 11-year-old can fight naval battles, then should a man almost twice his age be called “a kid”?


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