Re Apology would appease ex-coach (Our Region, Jan. 26): The small business owner who can no longer work full time or afford his medical costs due to a serious Achilles tendon injury suffered while coaching a baseball team as a volunteer deserves our support. He was hurt after a strong-armed baseball player who carelessly threw his helmet at the coach and injured him. If the coach had been a firefighter, he would have been awarded paid time off, a generous disability pension benefit, workers compensation (in spite of the injury being suffered off-duty) and a $333,605 payment from the federal government through the Public Safety Officers Benefits Program. He would have been a hero. Instead, the coach can't get a simple apology from the player and his parents, and he's being treated with scorn. He doesnt have a union contract, paid medical benefits and a lifetime pension. Hes a volunteer.
-- marcia fritz, orangevale