Rushing to judgment In The Sun's Feb. 2 edition, I...


February 13, 2000

Rushing to judgment

In The Sun's Feb. 2 edition, I couldn't believe my eyes.

Sports columnists John Eisenberg and Ken Rosenthal each wrote about the arrest of Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis on double-murder charges in Atlanta.

Eisenberg opened his column with an astounding sentence: "Maybe you're surprised at the severity of the crime, or that one of the Ravens' best and most popular players was involved."

How does he know that Lewis was "involved?" What does that mean? Whatever happened to "innocent until proven guilty?"

Rosenthal's opening is even more stupid. He expressed concern about "how would I explain this to my son?" Maybe Rosenthal should explain to his son that people in this country are not guilty unless and until a court finds them guilty.

I'm so sick of these clowns. If there were another paper in this town, I'd never buy The Sun.

Jerry Menapace Bel Air

Smooth writing on Cup

I have to comment on the wonderful writing by Bruce Stannard on the America's Cup. He has transported me from this cold, frozen river to the decks of the contenders, where I have felt the rush of the boat and the excitement of the race.

Surely even casual readers must have been swept away by the wonderfully gripping writing.

Harvey Branch Edgewater

No place for seniority

Seniority systems deserve a place in our society, but do they belong in the world of high-level college basketball? As the season progresses, it becomes apparent that Maryland coach Gary Williams' seniority system, exposed during the past two seasons, extends to his bench.

Like predecessors Exree Hipp and Terrell Stokes, Mike Mardesich is this year's beneficiary of "The System." Waiting his turn is Tahj Holden, a better dribbler, shooter and rebounder than his older teammate.

"The System" would be a non- issue if experience always equated to stronger, better and more poised play. But after a half season of Mardesich's rushed shots and bungled rebounds, the time has come to give Holden the ball.

Lonnie Belt Baltimore

O's need Johnson's defense

When will the Orioles recognize the need for defense? I refer specifically to the team's decision to put the signing of catcher Charles Johnson on the back burner.

For years, the Orioles said they needed someone to stop opposing base stealers, and Johnson led the league in cutting down opposition players in 1999. Is new backup Greg Myers as good as Johnson, or is owner Peter Angelos playing games with Baltimore sports fans regarding stocking this team with pennant-caliber personnel?

Either we'll have a good team with defensive help for our pitching staff or another ho-hum baseball team.

Harry I. Kleiman Owings Mills

Make Mussina an offer

Warning to the Orioles' management: If Mike Mussina goes, so go I (and probably many, many more fans).

Word from those in the know at the just-completed Orioles Fantasy Camp in Sarasota, Fla., is that the Orioles already are thinking the team can get along all right without its ace pitcher, that the owner will not be making a fair-market offer to keep Mussina in Baltimore.

Are the Orioles kidding themselves? As a long-standing season-ticket holder, that would be my last straw.

Len Artz Bethesda

Pub Date: 2/13/00

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