February 09, 2003

Preston insults readers with use of race card

As an African-American male, I am insulted by Mike Preston's cheap use of the race card in his column of Feb. 4 on Victor Abiamiri and Maryland ["For $300, UM may get more trouble than it bargained for"].

What does race have to do with this?

This is embarrassing and honestly irks me. Mr. Preston plays the race card all the time, and there is a time when bringing up race is necessary.

But when he makes sweeping assumptions about African-Americans being exploited just because it is the hot topic with the LeBron James situation, it is extremely disappointing.

We will go nowhere in race relations if we have people in the media like this.

Chris Harris Bethesda

Sarcasm on situation at UM is disappointing

I just read Mike Preston's column about the Terps and their $300 scandal. I am extremely disappointed in Preston's weak attempt at sarcasm.

The fact that The Sun continues to give Mr. Preston the opportunity to badmouth every sports figure in the Baltimore/Washington area will keep The Sun from ever being a respected newspaper.

If you read Preston's article quickly, you might come away thinking that the football coach should have spent far more than $300 to sign a high school athlete.

Was this tongue-in-cheek? With Preston's reputation, the reader is never really sure.

My mother always said, "If you don't have something nice thing to say, then shut your mouth."

Well, by all means, please tell Mr. Preston to shut his.

Adam Ritter Elkridge

City fortunate Hale is owner who cares

The city of Baltimore is very lucky to have a person such as Blast owner Ed Hale not only taking such a huge interest in the city and the surrounding area, but also continuing to pour money into a soccer franchise that is not a moneymaker.

His love of the sport and his city is remarkable. Since the renaming of the arena to 1st Mariner Arena, I have seen a major improvement in this old building. It's amazing what a little effort (painting and lighting) has already accomplished.

I also look forward to more improvement, including the new signs and billboards. How can this be a negative, after so many years of no improvements? I hope Mr. Hale's improvements will continue. This can only be a benefit for the city and surrounding businesses.

Jim Foehrkolb Bel Air

`Turnabout' is not fair in D.C.-Orioles debate

I would like for someone with common sense to tell me how "turnabout is fair play" regarding Peter Angelos' efforts to block a baseball team in Washington, considering that the NFL has nothing to do with Major League Baseball and Jack Kent Cooke is dead ["Anti-Baltimore effort by Cooke not forgotten," Letters, Feb. 2].

Angelos is doing the same thing to Washington that Cooke did to Baltimore. Does that make it right?

The Orioles were supported when the Senators were in Washington. If the Orioles were competitive now, they wouldn't have to worry about competition for fans.

The Senators left because they couldn't win, just like the Orioles now. I have spent good money to see losing baseball for the past five years. This turnabout only hurts the fans, not the owners. Let's field a winner and talk about it then.

Nathan Fletcher Pikesville

Plenty of interest in news about USOC

How does Andrew Dale conclude that no one reading a Baltimore paper is interested in the U.S. Olympic Committee ["Vecsey needs to cover subjects that matter," Letters, Feb. 2]? I am very much interested.

With the many sports venues now in the Olympic Games, just about any sports fan will find something of interest in the Summer and/or Winter Olympics. And U.S. teams can't be organized and funded and be ready and accepted by the International Olympic Committee without the USOC.

Remember, there's a chance of the 2012 Summer Olympics being held in New York, and there had been a slim chance of it being held in the Baltimore area. Who wouldn't be interested?

Having attended a couple of Olympics, and making occasional, token financial contributions, I am most interested in the USOC straightening out its organizational problems. And I would think any other true sports fan would be, too.

Harry E. Bennett Jr. Baltimore

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