Letters to the Editor

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POLITICS: Baseball sets example for politicians

Professional baseball is far more honorable and ethical than professional politicians. Baseball has banned betting on games and the use of steroids and other performance-enhancing substances – and is enforcing the banned behaviors by heavy punishments, including career-ending expulsions (examples: Pete Rose and Alex Rodriguez – both the best in their eras).

There will be no more players betting on games or player use of banned substances. Baseball will be more honorable role models for our youth and remain our premier pastime. Hooray for baseball!

Professional politicians have only vapid rules or bans on illegal or immoral behaviors – and

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DRUGS: Do MLB and NFL really mean it?

Repeated news stories indicate that the owners and commissioners of major league sports will stop at nothing to eliminate the use of performance enhancing drugs in both the National Football League and Major League Baseball.

Does this mean that we will no longer see advertisements for Viagra, Cialis or similar performance-enhancing drugs during televised football or baseball games? Or are they only concerned with active players’ “performance” on the playing fields?


BASEBALL: Hall of Fame in danger of irrelevancy

I am no fan of Barry Bonds. He cheated, he’s a jerk and he’s a felon. Plus he was Junior’s main competition throughout the 1990s.

But how silly do the Baseball Writers’ Association of America and the Baseball Hall of Fame look inducting zero players for the first time in 50 years? It’s a complete disgrace.

The BBWAA should not be in position to render judgment on who cheated and who didn’t all of these years after the fact. That’s not their job. The owners wrote the checks rewarding these alleged cheaters – and we all turned our collective head.

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MARINERS: Don’t give up on struggling team

Re: “Team’s disappointing – again” (letter, 4-25).

I have been a fan of the Mariners for 17 years. Winning is great, but I’m still a fan when they lose or struggle with new players.

I will continue to enjoy the ups and downs of the Mariners. The players all strive to do well and win. We fans just need to watch and support them, especially since we are only three weeks into a six-month season.


MARINERS: True fan takes the bad with the good

Re: “Team’s disappointing – again” (letter, 4-25).

It would seem obvious to even the most casual observer that the writer is not a true baseball fan. A real aficionado of America’s finest sport takes the good seasons with the bad. Instead of being a “Nattering Nabob of Negativity,” I prefer to be a “Prattling Potentate of Positivity.”

Hope springs eternal. Go Mariners!


MARINERS: Déjà vu all over again

Call me a “glass is half-empty” kind of guy. Nevertheless, I hear in the distance the beginning of a slow drumbeat, growing louder.

Granted, the Mariners’ attendance is tanking; so how soon will there be whispers from management that the team might be sold (to local interests only, of course!) unless attendance improves, unless there are major improvements to Safeco Field, in order to increase revenues.

When no viable potential local ownership appears, the team will be sold, reluctantly of course, to out-of-state interests. We all remember the Seattle Pilots and the Seattle Sonics, of course. Are we being set

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MARINERS: Team’s a disappointment – again

I love baseball. Every spring I look forward to having a home team to follow and root for. And what do I get? Insult after insult!

How many years does it take to learn how to put together a winning team? This year’s Mariners team is unbalanced – too heavy on youth and inexperience. It’s almost as if the “powers that be” delight in insulting the fans.

The Mariners do not belong in the major leagues. If you’re not in it to win, get out of the game. The people in charge should be ashamed of themselves for what they’ve

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