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Benson should have taken the help

Dear Editor:Travis Benson I don’t know and likely wouldn’t recognize on the street. I have met and talked with Mike Sirko and know Diana Sirko as well. This entire controversy, in regards to who is the head football coach, is entirely due to Benson’s immaturity and ego. If Benson truly cared about the Aspen High School football program and team he would have accepted Sirko’s mentoring as a huge opportunity and been grateful for it. I played football at a very high level for coaches who were highly respected by their peers and without exception these coaches were always willing to learn from somebody else if it meant they would be successful. Diana Sirko has only the best interest of Aspen and the school as her motives. What high school superintendent do you know is the working the ticket table when you go to an Aspen High event?I have lived in the valley for six years with my wife who is an alum of Aspen High (class of 1988), and it is just amazing to me how little interest and support these sporting events get in the community and in the newspaper when the kids are actually competing. But when a coach is requested to step down and learn from a mentor, both newspapers make it a front page story, and an editor concocts an editorial in support of a coach who can’t set his ego aside to better himself and the program. Give me a break!Grow up, Benson and newspapers. Please try to provide consistent coverage of the high school sporting events in the valley much like the local newspapers did in my hometown and many other across the country. Oh wait, Aspen and the Roaring Fork Valley is so much more sophisticated than the rest of the country that we don’t have the time or the desire to care about what the local high school is doing on a Friday night. We have “more things to do” than Podunk Midwestville … or wait, maybe they just care and have sense of community.Back on topic. … This is a huge opportunity for the football team at Aspen and, yes, for Travis Benson. Mike Sirko’s 30 years of experience coaching, teaching and developing high schoolers will only benefit Aspen student athletes.John C. WardBasalt