LETTERS

Let’s hope Vick situation helps battle dog fighting

To the sports editor:

Thank you, Ed Graney, for your column on dog fighting (“Accepting dog fighting is endorsement of evil,” May 31).

I hope because of the attention brought to Falcons quarterback Michael Vick and his home in Virginia that people now will be more aware of this crime and become appalled. Dog fighting isn’t a crime we think of every day, but, as Graney states, it is one of the worst crimes.

I hope that Vick, if convicted, is put behind bars for being what has been described as a “heavyweight” in the dog-fighting world. At the least, he should be suspended for a year by the NFL.

CHRISTIAN THORNLEY

Bonds should be judged on baseball talent alone

To the sports editor:

I am sick and tired of the bashing of Barry Bonds in the media. He should be rated on his talent only.

Bonds is not my favorite player, but I admire him for his ability.

It seems that there are a lot of racial undertones present in some of the media presentations.

DOROTHY BARNES

To the sports editor:

About the Barry Bonds issue: Whatever happened to “innocent until proved guilty” in this country?

When someone can show me proof that Bonds was using steroids, then I’ll join the chorus of boos.

RANDY DILLMAN

We need more stories on admirable youngsters

To the sports editor:

I cannot begin to express my appreciation to Review-Journal high school editor Damon Seiters for his excellent story of May 22, “Top athletes tend to schoolwork.”

With all of the troublemaking going on in high schools, our country needs to give more attention to the wonderful stories of achievement by our young people. I hope you can find more stories about teenagers who are working daily toward their focus goals in life.

JAMES C. TOBIN

Taafe dialed in with take on ESPN broadcast duo

To the sports editor:

Kudos and a big amen to Review-Journal TV-radio sports columnist Bill Taaffe for his piece this past week excoriating ESPN baseball broadcasters Chris “Motormouth” Berman and Rick “I Would Have Done It Better” Sutcliffe (“ESPN would be wise to bench Berman, Sutcliffe,” May 29).

Whenever Berman and Sutcliffe announce a game I really want to see, I immediately turn the sound off. Same goes for the ESPN pairing of Jon Miller and Joe “I Mean” Morgan.

These four should be sentenced to five years of doing nothing but watching tapes of Vin Scully and Ernie Harwell, both of whom let the game tell the story.

JACK KIRKEY

Nielsen right on target with column on hunting

To the sports editor:

Great outdoors column this past week by Doug Nielsen (“Trophy fixation spoils thrill of hunting,” May 31).

One of the great things about the Diana Project (a program designed to introduce women into the world of hunting and other outdoor pursuits) was that the stress was placed on the hunt, not on the kill. Many of us developed special bonds with each other, just in working together to enjoy the hunt and to share our experiences with each other.

KARYN SCHMIDT

The Review-Journal welcomes letters from its readers. Letters should be 150 words or less and must include the author’s name and phone number. Send letters to: Letters to the Sports Editor, Las Vegas Review-Journal, P.O. Box 70, Las Vegas, NV 89125-0070. Letters also can be e-mailed to: jhawk@reviewjournal.com.

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