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Michael Sansolo's column yesterday suggested that it is time for schools to bring back classes in shop and home economics, and MNB reader Karen Hemphill concurred:

I couldn’t agree more with Michael.  Back in the 70s, I discovered my love of cooking in 7th grade Home Ec and couldn’t wait to get home and prepare the recipes for my family!  A side note… the flour in the classroom often had weevils and the teacher told us to sift them out - ewww, so I snuck in a container of flour from home and never got caught - ha!  But it’s so true, kids aren’t designed to sit behind a desk all day.  They need to use their hands and be moving, creating and learning essential skills for the future whether it be their profession or at home when they need to fend for themselves.  I was also happy to hear my 3rd grade granddaughter tell us her teacher is teaching cursive writing.  

Responding to yesterday's FaceTime about diversity, MNB reader Rich Heiland wrote:

Good thoughts on diversity. I support diversity simply because it is the morally correct thing to do. But if I want to reduce it to a cold-blooded strategic business level. If you walk out among your customers and your work force does not look like them, you are never going to be all that you can be on a dollar and cents level. I guess if I can't get to someone on the moral, common decency level the next best thing is to just say "OK, you want to make some money? Here's what you gotta go....."

On another subject, MNB reader Duane Eaton wrote:

Kevin, After reading about Travis Kelce’s food line, I thought I’d share my recent Facebook post:

Open letter to the NFL/Football Networks/Football Announcers and Analysts:

I may be wrong, but I think I speak for the vast majority of football viewers in stating that we do not care that Travis Kelce dates Taylor Swift. We do not need the constant camera shots and comments of her in a luxury box partying with other uber-rich people. To some, they may have been a novelty the first time you showed them, but after what seems like thousands of such shots, they have become redundant, boring, obnoxious, and quite frankly embarrassing for you.

Your product, you know the football game, should be interesting enough without the need to continually insert banal, pop-culture trivia. Enough already!

Sincerely,  A Football Fan (Full disclosure: not a Dallas or New England fan)

I get what you're saying, but the problem is that the Taylor Swift-Travis Kelce story sells.  Which means that when he's playing, just because he's associated with her, the ratings go up;  if she's there and on camera occasionally, the ratings go up.  More viewers means higher ad rates.  Which means more money for the uber-rich folks in the luxury boxes.  (Taylor Swift probably doesn't mind - it is free advertising for her movie, and one hand washes the other.)

The long game is this - it is at least possible that some of the folks intrigued by the Taylor Swift-Travis Kelce narrative may stick around when, inevitably, they break up and she writes a song about it.  (Suggested title:  "Not A Tight Enough End.")  And that could be good for the sport long-term.

So I'm afraid that if you like football, and you have any interest in watching the Kansas City Chiefs or any of their opponents, you're probably going to be stuck with the more-than-occasional shot of Taylor Swift.