Oriole fans are poor sports for booing JaysOn behalf of...

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July 20, 1993

Oriole fans are poor sports for booing Jays

On behalf of all Toronto Blue Jay fans, and trust me, we are many, throughout North America, I would like to express the disgust I felt while watching the All Star Game.

It has always been my understanding that the All-Star Game is a forum in which each league is allowed to display the talents of their best players, or the talents of those players voted on to the teams by millions of fans.

The starting lineup contained three Toronto Blue Jays who were actually selected by fans, not by Cito Gaston.

Obviously they were supported by fans not only from Toronto, but in many other cities as well.

The other Blue Jay in the starting lineup will one day soon be inducted in to the Hall of Fame, and this may be the last year that he has the opportunity to be a member of an All-Star team.

The Toronto Blue Jays have dominated the Eastern Division of the American League for several years, and I know you do not have to be reminded that they earned the World Series pennant last year, nor do you need reminding that at the writing of this letter, they are in first place again this year.

Would this not make you, in fact, very talented, and that is why they were given the opportunity to play on an All Star team? And the fact that the American League team soundly defeated the National League team also proves that Cito Gaston was using sound judgment in his managing duties.

How dare the fans (and I use that term loosely) in the Baltimore area turn this greatly anticipated event into one that caused embarrassment to those at home watching the game, and probably lessened the thrill of being there for most of the players on the American League team.

I feel sorry for the organizers of this game, because they are being forgotten for all the fine work they did in bringing the game to us.

Instead, the headlines will be filled with the poor sportsmanship displayed by many of you attending the game.

As a fan of the game, I feel sorry for the Baltimore Orioles if what we saw last night is indicative of the baseball attitude in that city.

Joette Kruger

Kitchener, Ontario

Welfare drain

One of the greatest dilemmas of the U.S. government, as well as local and state governments, is our subsidizing of welfare programs, which has gotten out of control.

The great number of tax-paying citizens in the U.S. are getting fed up with this situation. We have to put a stop to this, or modify it considerably. This concerns many of us.

We have a certain population of this country that just doesn't give a damn and has no responsibility for its way of life. White, black, etc., I personally am fed up.

Five billion dollars a year are going toward subsidies and welfare programs.

This money can be used for research programs to conquer AIDS, cancer and other life-threatening diseases. What good purpose is being served with the welfare give-away program?

We will never get our deficit down by continually throwing money down the drain.

There are a lot of instances where these welfare dependents have been doing this from the cradle to the grave.

Enough is enough. Let's check ourselves before we wreck ourselves.

Luigi Mandelo

Woodlawn

Bombs away

Sage advice indeed for President Clinton to seek to assert the most effective of weapons against Iran, Iraq, North Korea -- moral high ground, of course -- by adopting a "no first test" doctrine.

Our security would certainly be heightened for the 10 minutes the leaders of those countries would be giggling, with the added benefit of putting our true trade and security partners -- France and the United Kingdom -- on the spot.

Hot dog! A chance to help our enemies, hurt our friends, have no impact on events and claim the moral high ground at the same time? Yes, Mr. President! Full speed ahead!

Richard R. Beyer

Baltimore

No respect

Janet Brown's article "Phone calls" (Other Voices, July 6) was about as tasteless as a low sodium diet.

The gist of the article was how she and her two children responded to telemarketer phone callers who asked to speak with her dead husband.

Words like "cracks me up," "trying to suppress her giggles" described the daughter's reaction to a caller who asked to speak to Dad.

Fun is fun and humor is humor, but this article fit neither of these two categories. There comes a time when reverence needs to be shown and -- Ms. Brown's feelings aside -- children need to be taught it.

When a matter like this is handled with such insensitivity I'd say it's about time to add another "R" to the school curriculum of "Readin', 'Ritin' and 'Rithmetic": It's something called "Respect."

Zelda Seideman

Baltimore

Disarming statistics about gun control laws

As the gun-control debate continues to rage, we have Vincent DeMarco and Jane F. Caplan asserting that "handguns in the home do not prevent tragedies; they cause tragedies." This statement is baseless and ignores the proven usefulness a handgun offers as protection.

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