The writer wants baseball writers to "get off their moral high horse and do what they should be doing, recognizing extraordinary performance in the sport of baseball." I assume he still wants us to lavish praise on Lance Armstrong for winning all those Tours.
Who cares? I do. And, I hope, so do the young ballplayers I deal with on a daily basis.
Timothy S. Kerns, president, Triple Crown Baseball/Softball Academy, Gilbertsville, email@example.com
Hall of Fame
I agree about Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens ("Bonds, Clemens should be in the Hall of Fame," Jan. 12). To act as if they never existed or contributed with their stats is a joke. They belong there, as does Pete Rose.
This is exactly how I feel about erasing some of the football games that Penn State won in order to punish the team for Jerry Sandusky's crimes. To act as if these games were never played, and the players were never there, and to erase Joe Paterno's record, is another joke.
How can you just close your eyes and say these people never existed and erase all the good things they did?
Jean Mitchell, Aston, firstname.lastname@example.org
The polarization and inability of our elected officials to work together started when Barack Obama was first elected president ("The divide gets wider and wider," Sunday). He finds it difficult to work with anyone who doesn't agree with him.
For the last two or three years, Republicans have submitted many ideas to curb spending and balance the budget, but Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) has continued to reject them. So don't blame Republicans for the gridlock. Look to the president and the Democratic Senate, which have forgotten that there are many Americans who would like to see a country that lives on a budget and doesn't depend on phony last-minute negotiations to solve problems.
Jeanne Crouch, North Wales
As a Penn alum, I'm encouraged that the university is studying the impact of alcohol and other drugs on campus life, but it's highly disappointing and misguided that there was no mention of students being invited to sit on the commission ("Panel to study Penn alcohol and drug use," Thursday).
Young people grow tired of adults who set policies that impacts them, but don't involve them in the decision-making process. That's what we expect of Congress, not an elite institution. If Penn wants the public recognition that it is doing something to address the tragic deaths of recent years, it ought to ensure that this commission is more than window dressing by having a student at the table.
Brian Gralnick, Elkins Park
George Will valorizes Col. Nathan Jessep, a character from the movie A Few Good Men who ordered "extrajudicial punishment," which is a euphemism for extremism that may be covered up by fabricating evidence to suggest the victim committed suicide ("Truth in 'Zero Dark Thirty,'" Sunday). The punishment resulted in its victim's murder. That young Marine was guilty of nothing more than requesting a transfer because his superiors had refused to acknowledge his report of official malfeasance.
In other words, Will believes torture, even if performed on our own troops, even for egregiously wrong personal vendettas, is justified as long as it is clothed in such lofty-sounding vagueness as "You have the luxury of not knowing what I know."
Will interprets this as the height of blind patriotism, of which he obviously approves. Yet if he insists on quoting A Few Good Men, I suggest he use this one instead: "Maybe if we work at it we can get Dawson charged with the Kennedy assassination."
In other words, torture - or a good lawyer - can achieve just about anything. Whether it - or he - should is a different matter.
Allene Murphey, Bryn Mawr