Letters to the Editor

Roger Clemens , shown playing for the Yankees in 2007, was among those who didn't make the Hall of Fame this year. GAIL BURTON / Associated Press
Roger Clemens , shown playing for the Yankees in 2007, was among those who didn't make the Hall of Fame this year. GAIL BURTON / Associated Press
Posted: January 19, 2013

Who cares?

In response to the use of performance-enhancing drugs in sports, a letter writer asks, "Who cares" ("No big deal," Wednesday)? He says he has never spoken to a fan who thinks it's a big deal.

I have operated a baseball/softball training facility in the Philadelphia area for 17 years, and to almost everyone I deal with, it is a very big issue. We constantly stress the idea of reaching goals and competing at the highest levels, but all within the framework of hard work and sacrifice that will hopefully result in "being the best you can be" and "getting the most out of your ability." If young men and women think it is OK to cheat to achieve success, what type of society will we create? One in which it is OK to steal, swindle, and cheat to get to the top? We see too many signs of this attitude creeping into our culture already.

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, tcacademy3@aol.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, twin518@comcast.net


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

Penn panel

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

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