CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- CONCERN over concussions in football has been on the front burner, but a legislative hearing on high school injuries yielded jaw-dropping testimony from Ray Londeree of the Secondary School Activities Commission.
"Football has the most concussions," Londeree said. "We all know that.
"Girls soccer has the second highest number of concussions. When you take the number of participants, there's about a four times greater chance of a girl playing soccer getting a concussion than a football player."
The SSAC does require student athletes to watch a DVD about the risk of head injuries, and it requires middle school and high school coaches to complete an online course about the risk. The protocol for all sports after a head injury is "When in doubt, sit them out."
But dishearteningly few athletic officials are prepared to deal with the problem. The state has 300 certified trainers, not enough to cover all contests.
Nor are physician volunteers a realistic option. Dr. Greg Elkins, medical director of the Lincoln Primary Care Center, told lawmakers reform is needed to protect physicians from civil suit if anything goes wrong.
Legislators, why is that?
REPUBLICAN presidential candidate Mitt Romney told donors in May that 47 percent of Americans who pay no federal income taxes are "dependent upon government" and are probably going to vote for the president.
Romney is correct.
A New York Times/CBS News poll showed Obama has a 21-point lead among those who make $50,000 a year or less - roughly half of Americans. That half pays less than 4 percent of all income taxes.
Likewise, the half that pays more than 96 percent of the taxes overwhelmingly supports Romney.
The real problem is that the number of adults who work 30 hours a week or more has fallen to 45 percent, according to the latest Gallup Poll.
That 55 percent who are not working full time includes stay-at-home moms, retirees and disabled people. They are not freeloaders.
But the nation can't afford to support more than half the country.
Instead of twisting Romney's words into some sort of 1930s caricature of a successful businessman, reasonable people should offer solutions to this problem of too many people depending on too few workers.