Letters To The Editor

Posted: December 08, 1988


Wilson Goode's security detail continues to be a lingering cancer eating away at the city budget. With about 28 to 35 five officers, both in uniform and plainclothes, at his disposal, he seems to have his own private army. Even strong-armed leaders in third-world dictatorships have less security than Goode would take to Disney World. The state-of-siege mentality at City Hall and the Municipal Services Building is quite obvious as every high-ranking member of the Goode Administration is shadowed by officers from Civil Affairs.

Goode's head bodyguard makes as much as a board-certified medical specialist. The mayor snaps: "He deserves it." Very recently, the mayor's tail car rammed another vehicle on the way to the Civic Center. The taxpayers paid for the accident.

And Karen Warrington sings the blues any time someone questions her boss's security arrangements.

If anyone was dead serious about doing any harm to our mayor (or any other big-city mayor), all the security in the world would not make one bit of a difference.

Marc Segal



In regard to the firing of Executive Director Mildred F. Johnson by the Metropolitan YWCA Board of Trustees, those crying racism should be fired as well.

Crying racism is a worn-out topic. It should not be an excuse for every situation their race is not satisfied with. On such a professional level, one is judged by work perfpormance, not by color of skin.

It is time to climb to a higher level of expectancy and to judge those of all races by their capabilities and performance. If Mildred F. Johnson could not cut the mustard, and incidentally is black, then she could not cut the mustard if she was white either.

Anne Kelly


Most young black people today spend most of their time listening to rap music. What they don't frequently do is comprehend what the artists are saying. They appear to be more interested in what dance steps they can bring about for the song. If they take the time and listen, they might find something of an educational value.

Take the controversial group Public Enemy. They encourage social and political activism among black youths. Every one of their songs has a powerful message that should be carefully listened to, instead of just danced to. The leader of the group, Chuck D, blieves rappers show their black pride by addressing the type of social and political issues most current R&B singers shy away from.

I would like to encourage him to keep up the good work.

Selina Handy

U.S. $$$ FOR PHILA.?

You gotta hand it to Mayor Goode for one thing, and that's for having chutzpah. He runs all over this city of ours asking us to vote for Michael Dukakis (the candidate who comes into the campaign as a lion and goes out like a wimp). After George Bush whips him, Goode makes a statement this city hasn't gotten anything for eight years from President Reagan and expects no better

from Bush.

What's the matter, Mayor Goode, running out of money for Class 500 grants? You've been spending money like there's no tomorrow. If Bush sends money into this city, he'd better send in a watchdog to see where it's going, or it's going out the window.

A fool and his money are soon parted (it's a shame it's the taxpayer's money). President Bush, I suggest you not send money into this city until we elect a Republican mayor or someone - no matter what party affiliation - who can handle our money.

Dick Cooper


As a disabled parent, wife and former educator, I looked forward to reading columnist Ed Hudak. He gave me hope. Where is he?

I cannot describe my disappointment. I have written before of my gratitutde to the Daily News. Now I have only disappointment.

Monica Himes

Glassboro, N.J.


There is no reason why your letter writers are critical of members of your staff, such as Jack McKinney. They are only trying to please and to reflect the political views and wishful thinking of their bosses for no sensible cause.

Any paper that endorses the likes of Mayor Goode after the tragedies of his first term, besides the jailing of high members of the same party, is difficult to believe, considering your newspaper went to great effort and was instrumental in causing a president of our country to resign for being responsible for members of his party for Watergate where no one was ever hurt let alone slain? Why didn't the voters also vote out the members of Congress who are so affiliated and pursue the same aims of lying about their adversaries to win elections?

How in heaven's name can you try to persuade the voters to vote against those who have given all our people one of the greatest two terms in the White House than any other in our lifetime?

Ernie Caesar


How can you print a headline like "Going Out a Winner" (Nov. 29), about Kareem's final visit and a picture of Abdul Jabbar siting on the bench saying it's his last appearance when the man is going to come back in June to win the 1988 National Basketball Association world championship at the Spectrum with his Lakers when they play the 76ers? God forbid if you think Jabbar is going to leave town in early November without really saying Goodbye Philly.

Don't put my favorite man down down again. He will return in June to beat my favorite team in the world - the Philadelphia 76ers. You heard it here first.

As champions for the third year in a row, the Lakers will win it, 4 games to 1. The fifth game will be the end of Jabbar's career and the NBA season! Get your tickets now!

Ed Brown


Editor's Note: In most references, the game was called his final REGULAR SEASON Spectrum appearance. When do playoff tickets go on sale?


Rich Hofmann's proposal of a college football playoff system (column Nov. 25) to determine a national champion is stupid.

He wants 15 bowl games to determine one national champion. That means every game during the regular season isn't as important, because only the games in

December are part of his championship process. The fans' regular season attention would fade. Who would watch Notre Dame-Miami or USC-UCLA as intently?

This playoff has to be done in December. This is the time of year when

college basketball starts, the National Football League races fall into place and, with the holidays approaching, TV ratings fade. The smaller football divisions have a playoff format, and even with preliminary round games in home team stadiums, attendance is minuscule.

Comparing it to basketball is wrong. It takes 11 days to get from 63 teams to the 'Final Four'. Basketball doesn't drain a player like football does. Many viewers don't follow basketball until March any way. His football plan takes 16 days to get from 16 teams to the 'Final Four'. There is no equitable way to schedule the opening round of games. Few would watch, and there would be no upsets. The NFL would dwarf this long process.

Hofmann's formula cuts the bowl teams in half, but lets at least four teams play in at least three bowls a year. It'd be the same teams who played many of their regular season games on television anyway. Viewers would get oversaturated with the same schools on again and again. This formula denies some teams of a chance to be on national TV.

Let teams argue about it forever about who was the best, and let's never have this goofy playoff formula.

James A. Donato

Mt. Laurel, N.J.


Members of the press in Philly and some fans, for some strange reason, need to find fault with Buddy Ryan. He has transformed the Eagles into an exciting football team.

The Eagles could be dominating for years, and calling for Ryan's head will only make us start over. Just ask Randall Cunningham.

I grew up in Pittsburgh and saw the Steelers win a record four Super Bowls, with the same coach. Chuck Noll started out 1-13 and progressed slowly until about his fifth year. That's how you win, with stability.

Buddy is a great coach. He rubs people the wrong way sometimes, but as he says, "some people don't like to hear the truth."

At the Houston game, I heard people boo when Ryan was announced. And Larry McMullen's column about how much he personally dislikes Buddy was a waste of space. When we're in the playoffs this year or next, those same people will be on the bandwagon.

I hope Norman Braman holds tight (Cadillacs weren't built in a day) and realizes he has one of the best head coaches in the National Football League.

Frank J. Sparacino

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