The Nordiques vs. Lindros
Jon Scher paints an accurate picture of the embarrassing behavior of Nordique fans toward Philadelphia rookie Eric Lindros during the Flyers' game in Quebec (Pass the Pacifier, Oct. 26).
Had this been an isolated incident, it might not have attracted so much attention. However, that's not the case, which raises two questions: Why does the Nordique management apparently encourage this type of boorish fan behavior, and how can the NHL expect to increase its fan base by allowing such incidents to continue?
JOHN L. KANE
Congratulations to SI for reporting on a very bad and seemingly hopeless situation at Dorsey High (Up Against the Wall, Oct. 19). As a graduate (class of '82), I applaud coach Paul Knox and his staff for trying to open a door of opportunity for these young men. Unfortunately, for some of them, football is the only way out.
Coach Knox must be a tremendous person for sticking his neck out for these kids. They are all one big family. After reading the article and looking at the pictures over and over again, I kind of wish that I could be part of that football team at Dorsey High, because the unity the players share is incredible.
DAVID M. SCHNIPPER
I am proud to be a Dorsey graduate and a member of the school's faculty. I cannot describe the disappointment and anger I experienced after reading your article. It was an insult to the school and the community. The use of terms such as "Terrordome," "scores of gangbangers" and "war zone" and the identification of a specific student as a gang member (the student's life is now in danger) represent irresponsible journalism. The conditions described do not exist now at Dorsey, and they never have.
We have faculty members who have children attending Dorsey. We have many outstanding students as well as staff" members who live in the Jungle.-What's more, the Jungle is located a half mile from our campus, not across the street, as you stated.
We don't profess to be a perfect school. Schools in urban environments throughout the nation share common problems. Our focus is to address these problems and provide the best possible education for our students. The tremendous success of Dorsey graduates is a measure of the quality of our educational program.
WILLARD W. LOVE