Hunting debateIn response to Maria Alvarez's letter (Dec...


January 07, 1996

Hunting debate

In response to Maria Alvarez's letter (Dec. 24) where she referred to hunters as "bloodthirsty barbarians," I would like to point out a few things. It must be OK for someone else to kill the meat that goes on your table. If you're a vegetarian, everything you put in your mouth was alive at one time.

Certainly, you must co-exist with all of nature's "little living creatures" like mice, roaches, spiders and ants. Your animals are covered with fleas and ticks. You must not own or use a fly swatter. Never stepped on a living creature or sprayed poisons to kill your little friends? How can you live with all those creatures?

Do you know how many deer are hit by vehicles in Pennsylvania? Just those picked up and counted by road crews number more than 30,000. They do a lot of damage to vehicles and occupants. That doesn't count those picked up by "bloodthirsty, barbarian hunters" who are glad to put some meat on their table.

Bill Tye


Too broad a brush

Maria Alvarez believes all hunters are "bloodthirsty barbarians who shoot anything in sight."

She is wrong.

Some people drive like idiots. . . . Are all drivers idiots? Some golfers are rude. . . . Does this make all golfers rude?

A person in the woods with a gun or bow is not necessarily a "hunter." A hunter respects the land and property of others.

Tim West


Unfair labels

Being a resident hunter in Maryland, I am incensed that anyone could label all hunters as "primitive, mindless, bloodthirsty barbarians."

Hunting provides controlled game management for the available habitat left by land developers and increased human population.

Maria Alvarez should visit the Department of Natural Resources in Annapolis and speak to a wildlife biologist if she wants an unbiased and accurate account of why hunting is necessary.

Rely on fact, not fantasy, to voice your convictions. If you are going to condemn one person or group for practicing an ancient instinctual right, be sure of what you speak.

Richard M. Lopez

Glen Burnie

Common sense

John Steadman's column on Dec. 31 on the current state of the NFL should be required reading for every football fan, every NFL team owner, every employee of the NFL office, every employee of the Maryland Stadium Authority and every politician or lawyer with a vested or unvested interest in professional football in Baltimore. Before any of us expresses another opinion on this subject, we need to do some homework.

Kudos to Steadman, who wrote with style from a game plan of common sense. It was refreshing to read such a treatise as opposed to the raucous, big-mouth sports reporting that other writers so frequently choose to offer as journalism via their use of freedom of the press.

Paul P. Podgurski


Dentist's advice

"Drill in hand, Davey Johnson's Florida dentist was prepared to dig into one of the manager's upper molars . . . but the ringing of the cellular phone delayed the painful procedure."

In my opinion, this passage from Buster Olney's recent article does a disservice to his readers. His attempt at entertainment perpetuates the mythical stereotype that tooth drilling is painful. With the common use of local anesthesia, there is no reason for people to experience pain during an average dental visit.

My advice to Olney is to find a new dentist and to stick to writing about baseball.

Daniel R. Melnick, D.D.S.


Past haunts NFL now

Was the NFL remorseful when the Colts left in 1984? No. Did the NFL help us when the St. Louis Cardinals moved to Phoenix? No.

Did the NFL stick it to us during the expansion derby? Yes. Did we have the best deal on the table? Arguably, yes.

And now, when Art Modell decides to take advantage of the deal (my suspicion is that he beat several owners to the punch), he is being called everything but a child of God. The assault on Modell is being led by the media, particularly the networks with the rights to televise the NFL games. Why? Probably because the league office expects them to.

In my opinion, the NFL caused the Browns' move by ignoring Baltimore for the past 11 years and now has to deal with this batch of chickens coming home to roost.

I don't like taking Cleveland's team either. But what is the alternative -- wait around and let the NFL stick it to us again?

Steward Davis Beckham


No help for Stallions

I hope you're happy, Baltimore Sun. Barring a miracle, the CFL Stallions will pack their bags and leave town next week.

The Sun failed to publicize local efforts to save the Stallions. In the past month, The Sun published just three articles about the Stallions' season-ticket drive. Two were buried deep within the paper. The third, on the front page of the Dec. 30 sports section, stated that the ticket drive was doomed, and that the team probably would move to Houston.

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