© St. Petersburg Times, published March 30, 2003
There is no place in sports for what the Canadians in Montreal did when they booed the playing of the United States' national anthem at a recent game. This country always has welcomed our neighbors from the north with open arms, and for them to show disrespect toward our country is disgraceful.
I hope the Canadian players, who earn a living playing here in United States, do not harbor the same sentiments. And I certainly hope that the people of this great nation do not make the same mistake by booing the Canadian national anthem here in America.
Regardless of how people feel about the war in Iraq, the booing of a national anthem is not appropriate and should not be tolerated. This type of behavior shows arrogance and disrespect toward one another, and it should not occur at a sporting event, or anywhere else for that matter.
-- Manny Andrade, Clearwater
I hope the NCAA is aware of the effort your paper exhibited during the recent basketball event. As a graduate of Michigan State (Class of '63), I have always enjoyed your coverage of our teams. The effort was outstanding and appreciated. I take the paper daily, but when you provided a free edition for coverage of the war, it was typical of you, and is an indication of why you win awards.
-- Bill Lash, New Port Richey
According to Hubert Mizell (Hall of Fame for Rose? Yes. In the dugout? No, Sunday), Ty Cobb was a racist, Babe Ruth was a womanizer and O.J. Simpson was an alleged double murderer. Yet they are all Hall of Famers. Therefore, according to Mizell, Pete Rose likewise deserves to be enshrined at Cooperstown.
Racism, womanizing, and murder are despicable and reprehensible. Let's be clear about that. That said, Mizell's logic fails to account for the fact that these societal sins are not direct assaults on the actual integrity of the sport. Rose didn't just gamble. He bet on baseball while he was an active participant in the game. He used his insider information regarding injuries, etc., when he made those bets.
He used baseball to gratify his need to gamble and further enrich himself. Now he needs to accept the consequences of those actions.
-- Rena Stevens, Largo