Letters to The Province, Nov. 25, 2022: Penalty shot decision costs Canada despite amazing effort

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Canada, great game against Belgium on Wednesday, except for one minor point that cost us greatly. Who allowed Alphonso Davies to take the penalty shot? Was this John Herdman, was it a team decision on the field?

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Why would you have someone who’s just come off an injury, and a left back, and someone who only has five goals for Canada take that shot when we have accomplished goal scorers like Jonathan David and Cyle Larin on the team? It just didn’t make any sense at all and you could tell by his face that he wasn’t up to it.

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After that shot he was a liability, doubting all his abilities through the rest of the game. He was a shell of the player we were normally used to seeing. What a terrible decision that really cost us the point, if not three. Imagine if that shot goes in and what it does for the team the rest of the game. Instead Davies was doubting himself the rest of the way, we saw terrible pass after terrible pass after that mishap. Things like this are what cost Canada on the big stage.

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Canada did play great the rest of the game but we needed Davies to step up, and he couldn’t cope with the miss. It weighed on him so much, and I felt for him, but he shouldn’t have been saddled with that kick in the first place.

Mike Tuzzi, Maple Ridge

Time to move on from McCallum trial

I wonder if I’m the only one who’s fed up of constantly hearing about former Surrey mayor Doug McCallum? Now that the trial is over and done with, there’s no sense in analyzing this issue anymore. At the end of the day, there’s nothing more to say about it since the judge made his final decision based on evidence. What’s done is done, so it’s about time people simply stopped obsessing over the verdict and got their own priorities in order.

Better to accept situations as they are by practising the law of non attachment to outcomes.

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Michael Bardouniotis, Surrey 

Schools are meant to be safe zones

Re: Police release identity of teen killed in stabbing at Surrey’s Tamanawis high school

It is shocking that a teenage boy died after being stabbed at Surrey’s Tamanawis Secondary School.

This tragic incident has created an atmosphere of fear among students, parents and teachers. Parents are not only worried about the academic future of their kids but also about their safety and security.
Violence on school premises has reached alarming levels. Schools are meant to be safe zones, not war zones.
We need to take drastic steps to prevent risks to teens.

Hanif Patel, Surrey


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