If only a few more people were like Coach Jones, this world
would be a better place for everybody.
TODD M. MOORE, Milwaukee
Thanks for the touching article about James Robert (Radio)
Kennedy (Someone to Lean On, Dec. 16). I live in one of the
worst areas of Philadelphia and come across individuals who
suffer from many of the same problems Radio has. Unfortunately,
many of these people do end up mumbling through the streets,
ragged and gaunt. It fills my heart with hope to know that in at
least one case someone took it upon himself to make a
difference. Coach Harold Jones and all of Anderson, S.C., have
my respect and admiration.
TYLER J. HODGES, Philadelphia
Coach Jones shows us once again that the true measure of a human
being is how he treats and helps others, not the size of his
paycheck, the number of slam dunks or touchdowns he produces or
how much publicity he receives.
ERICH R. BELL, Houston
My older brother John has Down's syndrome. He would love nothing
more than to be in Radio's shoes. Thank you, people of Anderson,
for what you have done for a fellow human being.
GARY F. KEPHART, Colorado Springs
In this high-tech age, it amazes me how much people can learn
from a 50-year-old Radio.
ROD KURTZ, Lynnfield, Mass.
It's no wonder that Frank Thomas enthusiastically endorsed the
White Sox's acquisition of Albert Belle (Double Play, Dec. 2).
With Belle following Thomas in the batting order, White Sox
opponents will no longer be able to pitch around Thomas. He'll
dramatically increase his already phenomenal home run and RBI
totals. Meanwhile, Belle might get his share of homers, but his
RBI totals will suffer. When it comes time to sign his next
contract, Thomas will be the one laughing all the way to the bank.
VICKIE CHAPMAN, Euclid, Ohio
I find it appalling that you give Jerry Reinsdorf so much credit
for the new baseball labor agreement. Granted, his signing of
Albert Belle served as a catalyst for this sudden agreement, but
Bud Selig worked for months behind the scenes getting the two
sides to come together, albeit at a glacial pace. He deserves
credit for this hard work.
JOHN L. HOH JR., Mauston, Wis.
William F. Reed's opinion piece (SCORECARD, Dec. 16), which
interprets Alabama's and Kentucky's hiring of white football
coaches as indicative of the backwardness of those institutions
and the American South, is troubling in its hypocrisy. In the
past two years Colorado, Miami, Michigan, Michigan State, Notre
Dame, UCLA and many other schools outside the South have hired
white coaches. In 1996 there were only seven black head football
coaches in all of Division I-A.
Racism pervades the entire country, and to pretend that it is
neatly parceled into a particular region is just as prejudiced
as judging a man by the color of his skin.
ROBERT GRAY, East Lansing, Mich.
Racism is rooted in dangerous generalizations, like the one Reed
made about the SEC and the South. He did little more than offer
Sherman Lewis a forum in which to ferment his sour grapes over
not getting the Kentucky coaching job. Considering Kentucky's
football history, Wildcat boosters would welcome a three-headed,
purple-and-orange coach if they thought he would bring respect
and success to the program.
What of athletic director C.M. Newton's hiring of Bernadette
Mattox to head the Wildcats' women's basketball program? Did she
get the job because she is black? She got the job because she
proved herself to be a good basketball coach.
CHRIS WILLIAMS, Starkville, Miss.