This is in response to Donald Vaughan's letter lambasting the Rockford Park District for removing basketball hoops. The leaders in our community who are tasked with the unenviable job of making life-or-death decisions due to the pandemic are having to do it without a playbook. These people have had to learn what to do and how to do it literally overnight, and without any comparable experience to guide them through it.

They are not just concerned about their own families but the families of their fellow citizens. I believe they are doing the best they can under the circumstances. Armchair quarterbacking their difficult decisions is both cowardly and cruel. No one is going to die if they can't play basketball for a few weeks. And they might die if they do.

Please, Mr. Vaughan, get up out of your armchair and find out how you can be of real help to your community and its leaders. Thank them for doing their very best to keep us safe or don't say anything at all.

— Jennifer Amenda, Rockford