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U.S. No. 1 viewpoint egocentric

© St. Petersburg Times, published April 21, 2002


Gary Shelton's column (Please present your visa when turning in your card, April 13) lamenting the presence of so many foreign golfers on the leaderboard at the Masters has it all wrong. The Masters is about superior golf and has nothing to do with national identity. This sort of thinking -- that the United States is somehow ordained to be No. 1 -- gets us in trouble around the world. Fortunately, this country is endowed with many fine assets. Shelton is certainly not one of them.

Gary Shelton's column (Please present your visa when turning in your card, April 13) lamenting the presence of so many foreign golfers on the leaderboard at the Masters has it all wrong. The Masters is about superior golf and has nothing to do with national identity. This sort of thinking -- that the United States is somehow ordained to be No. 1 -- gets us in trouble around the world. Fortunately, this country is endowed with many fine assets. Shelton is certainly not one of them.
-- Jim Stewart, Gulfport

Too little on Tiger's talent

I disagreed with Monday's Masters headline "Double Standard." The story is about Tiger Woods measuring up to Jack Nicklaus and Nick Faldo. It is a day to talk about greatness. Woods' accomplishment of capturing his second Masters at age 26 equals the accomplishment of Nicklaus at the same point in his life.

The headline might be suggesting something most readers do not see, and that is not the real story. It certainly should not have been the headline, even if Shelton (Players raise their (white) flag to Tiger) was right. The real story is that this past Sunday, Woods won his second straight Masters by outplaying the world's greatest golfers. It has only been done twice before.

Shelton is correct that there was too much mediocrity in the final round, but he should speak of the greatness of Woods and his third Masters win.
-- Mark Raynor, via e-mail

Seating policy fair to all

I disagree with some readers' comments that the Rays' seating policy favors the wealthy. It favors, justifiably, a lot more than the wealthy. The comments you printed imply only the wealthy do not sit in the Beach and that is not so. The Beach is a great deal, allowing fans to see major-league baseball when they otherwise could not afford it. Allowing them to move down to better seats, however, penalizes everyone who paid for better seats.

I don't consider myself wealthy, and I resent someone paying a lot less to sit in the same seats I paid full (or a package) price for. I think a lot of people feel that way.
-- James F. Smith Jr., Tierra Verde

Look at what we have. St. Petersburg, a minor-league city, wanted a major-league baseball team to enhance its image. It ended up with a minor-league team (that can't hit and can't pitch) to go along with its city image. Let the owners contract this excuse for a major-league team and spare us further embarrassment.
-- Dan Stifflear, Palm Harbor

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