Diatribe against AtlantaMike Littwin's diatribe against...

LETTERS

October 14, 1990

Diatribe against Atlanta

Mike Littwin's diatribe against Atlanta playing host to the 1996 Olympics was offensive. But the column said more about regional stereotypes and Littwin's ignorance than about Atlanta. Thankfully, the International Olympic Committee had better sense. I welcome the opportunity for the capital of my home state to show what a hospitable and cosmopolitan place it is. Perhaps Littwin will be among those who benefit from learning what Atlanta is really like.

Richard M. Smith

Baltimore

Box seat in Athens for Littwin

I was saddened to read in Mike Littwin's column how disappointed he was that Atlanta was selected over Athens, Greece as the site for the 1996 Summer Olympics. As a native Atlantan, I have to confess that I was quite excited at the news. Now, I will be among the first to acknowledge that my hometown is not even close to perfect, but the city does have much more to offer than Littwin seems to realize based on his comments.

Since we live in a world of symbols and symbolic acts, I would like to suggest one now to Littwin: Boycott the Atlanta Olympics. As an alternative, he could use some of the many frequent-flier miles he will accumulate in the course of doing his job over the next six years to fly to Athens and watch the whole thing on a portable TV while sitting on the steps of the Parthenon.

Ray Herman

Towson

Not a pretty picture

Mike Littwin painted a very stupid picture of the circumstances that have brought more attention to Lisa Olson than her efforts as a writer for the Boston Herald.

Has Littwin ever been assigned to cover the locker room of the LPGA? How about Ladies Tennis? Would you? Would you be noticed?

Having seen pictures of Olson, I am sure Zeke Mowatt was just fooling. Too bad Victor Kiam caved in so easily.

Now Littwin would you have your daughter learn her trade hanging around men's locker rooms?

Z.R. Turadian

Timonium

Publicity stunt

In response to reading Mike Littwin's column about the Lisa Olson vs. New England Patriots incident, I thought it was very noble of the reporter to jump to the defense of his peer without knowing "exactly" what happened in the locker room.

Everyone has been humiliated in their lifetime. The difference here is 99.9 percent of us don't tell the world about it in an effort to sell newspapers. This is a publicity stunt for the Boston Herald, clearly inferior to The Boston Globe and trying to get some attention. It is working!

How many male reporters are allowed in the locker room of any women's sport? To my knowledge, none. Time out! Hold everything! Does Olson think there is a reason for this? What happened to equal rights?

Christopher Sullivan

Towson

Close the locker rooms

The sexual harassment of sportswriter Lisa Olson opened up an issue that has to be dealt with at the professional and college sports levels. Though it doesn't matter who is reporting the news, it does matter in what place they get the news from. The locker room just doesn't seem like the right place.

The professional franchises should make available a news conference and open interview rooms to all reporters. The bottom line is that reporters, no matter the gender, should not be allowed in the locker rooms!

Josh Scheinker

Pikesville

Zolak doesn't measure up

Being a former high school quarterback, I'll never forget one thing, and that is never throw into double coverage! It's something Scott Zolak has obviously never learned.

It just goes to show it doesn't matter how tall, how fast, how strong, or what hometown you come from. Zolak has proven that. He lacks the prudence to be an effective quarterback at any level. He constantly throws into double coverage and can't find wide-open receivers.

Someone who is lacking in prudence or competence can never be a good leader. Case in point, coach Joe Krivak. Without Zolak or Krivak the Terps would be undefeated.

Jason C. Chaney

Baltimore

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