May 23, 2004

Garnett's comments reflect his generation

I find it humorous that 40-something white journalists are knocking Kevin Garnett for using war and weapon references before Game 7 of the NBA's Western Conference semifinals ["Garnett apologizes for battle comments," May 19].

Writers are asking, "How could someone say something so stupid?" Well, do you think these people would understand if they listened to the music of his generation?

There's no doubt that Garnett listens to hard-core rap, as do many people under 30. As someone who listens to this music, I am not surprised one bit by Garnett's comments.

Weapons of the like in his statement are constantly used in rhymes by rappers. While I see the implications of someone saying this in a television interview on a channel that many children watch, Garnett should not be blamed for putting anything on television, since ESPN chooses what it airs.

Furthermore, I believe that people of the younger generation are becoming more callous in a sense and they realize that the extremity of the metaphor really just implies the emotional intensity of the speaker.

Justin Dove Millersville

`Pancakes at Pimlico' could attract more fans

As a girl growing up in New York, I adored and rode horses and decorated my room with famous thoroughbreds like Man o' War. However, my father regarded racing as inappropriate for children and never let us attend a race.

But the nearby famous Belmont Park track held wonderful family events called "Breakfast at Belmont," where parents and children could come early in the morning, get a delicious hot breakfast, sit in the grandstand and watch the trainers work out the horses. How beautiful they were, flying past us in the crisp morning air.

You also could take a tour of the stables and learn the terms pertinent to racing and some of the rules and regulations. We all enjoyed it immensely.

So how about instituting something like that in Maryland? "Pancakes at Pimlico?"

Ellen Handler Spitz Baltimore

The time is now for Paterno to retire

While Joe Paterno after 38 years as football coach at Penn State has become a legend on that campus, there is a time for every coach to step aside for the good of the team and for the school.

Unfortunately the legend has fought to stay, in contrast to his two distinguished predecessors, Bob Higgins and Rip Engle, the former coach for 18 years and the latter for 15, with Engle gracefully yielding his job to Paterno.

Paterno has established his name in the record books. Continuing his career only deprives his school and the team of a new era and a return of Penn State to greatness.

Nelson Marans Silver Spring

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