June 13, 2016
ISSUE | MUHAMMAD ALI Not a draft dodger or coward I served in the Navy during the 1960s. I have great respect for all who enlisted or were drafted into the military during that time in our history. The writer of the letter "The greatest coward" (Tuesday) is entitled to dislike Muhammad Ali, but he is not entitled to change the facts. Ali was never a draft dodger. He never fled the country or entered college to avoid the draft. Whether he refused to fight in Vietnam because of his convictions or his religion, he was ready to accept the consequences, and he was stripped of his heavyweight title.
June 8, 2016
ISSUE | MUHAMMAD ALI A role model for us all Muhammad Ali was a near-mythical figure with a worldwide reputation and aura ("The Greatest," Sunday). He was arguably the best heavyweight fighter of all time, but we remember his life for demonstrating so much more than that. He was an iconic civil rights advocate and a prodigious fund-raiser for the Parkinson's disease that ended his life at 74. More importantly, he was devoted to his faith. Rather than be drafted and serve in the military, which he objected to on religious grounds, he was stripped of his boxing title and faced imprisonment.
July 25, 2012 |
I AM SUBMITTING this opinion in response to Mr. Kraus (letter, July 17) and all others that denigrate Muhammad Ali as a Liberty Award winner based on his status as a "draft dodger. " What type of soul does a society have that would deny an individual or group of individuals basic civil rights based solely on their race? Further, what type of person would force (draft) the deprived group to fight for their "democracy"? In one voice you are saying you do not deserve to be treated with dignity as a human being .?
July 17, 2012 |
AS ADJUTANT general of the Pennsylvania National Guard, I was more than a little upset to read David Swanson's online posting "The Sport of Military Recruiting" on July 12. In my 40 years in the military, I have read many articles but cannot recall one riddled with so many inaccuracies. Most Philadelphians will recall the Pennsylvania National Guard members who waded through their flooded streets last year to rescue citizens during Tropical Storm Lee and Hurricane Irene.
November 10, 2011 |
Ironically, Joe Frazier's fame will forever be linked to his greatest rival, Muhammad Ali. The two athletes could hardly have been more dissimilar in personality and style. Ali was a brash, colorful, quick-witted master showman with a remarkable ability for self-promotion. Frazier, who died this week at 67, was quiet, humble, and likely to hang in the background. While Ali dispatched opponents with incredibly fast hands and reflexes, Frazier's style was blue-collar. He bobbed, weaved, and grunted before knocking out opponents with a devastating left hook.
November 9, 2011 |
JOE FRAZIER and I posed next to the ring apron in our tuxedos and fake smiles, waiting for an outcue from a director. As soon as the director's hand dropped, a man in a baseball cap emerged from behind the camera and brushed past me to get to get to his hero. "Joe Frazier," he said. "Let me shake the hand of the man who knocked that draft-dodger Clay on his butt. " The guy went on about how "Clay," as he called Muhammad Ali, was a draft dodger and a coward for refusing to fight for his country.
September 6, 2009 |
The Eagles love their draft picks. They horde them like Super Bowl rings. So when the team announced its 53-man roster, and 2008 draft picks Bryan Smith and Jack Ikegwuonu were missing from the list, it came as a bit of a surprise. "Obviously, we had big expectations for both of those guys," Eagles general manager Tom Heckert said last night on a conference call. And then there was Lorenzo Booker. The Eagles traded for the running back during last year's draft, surrendering a fourth-round pick to Miami.
October 8, 2008
IT'S A COMMON dream and it grows along with the little boy. To make the major leagues, then to play for his favorite team and, ultimately, to hit the home run that wins the World Series. Wasn't it Freud who figured that out? Anyway, Chase Utley has already achieved the first. He passed on an opportunity to do the second. And to get a crack at the third, this year at least, the Phillies must beat the club their All-Star second baseman grew up rooting for, in the National League Championship Series beginning tomorrow night when the Dodgers come to Citizens Bank Park.
September 7, 2004
DANIEL SARAS' letter ("What kind of people . . . ") unfortunately demonstrates a one-sided and perhaps naive perspective about war. I don't disagree that the acts he points to (hiding in holy shrines, moving soldiers in ambulances, etc.) are despicable, but doesn't the phrase go "All's fair is love and war"? Perhaps there are other questions, too, like what kind of people are so arrogant as to think their way is the right and only way? What kinds of people are so righteous that they rape, torture and kill detainees?
November 8, 1999 |
On Sept. 16, 1940, workers at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard laid the keel for the USS New Jersey, starting a job that would bring hundreds of men and women together for a common purpose. Few of them are left now, but for some who remain, the New Jersey's scheduled return to Philadelphia this week has provided an opportunity to recall that ship and that time. Former shipyard workers such as John Anthony Mizii, Raymond "Jimmy" Guthrie and Bill Schill. Strangers joined by a shared past.