You speak of the Constitution and the right of private businessmen to do with their product as they see fit. I think you are overlooking the fact that the public as consumers have some property rights too.
Millions of dollars have been invested by millions of individuals in television receivers. These investments were made with the idea of receiving the type of programming in existence when the purchase was made—including many sports attractions. If a significant block of programs should be transferred from free TV to pay TV, it would lower the value of the investment represented by the TV set, through no fault of the investor. This smacks of the public-be-damned attitude of the last century.
Do you actually mean, "What the Constitution says about private property is that a man can do with it what he pleases"?
Under your philosophy we should never have had police departments to insure order, child labor and poor wages should abound and the average property owner who opted could start garbage disposal in his backyard.
Private-property rights are and must be conditioned by the just rights of others and always will be in our country, and the Constitution says no such thing to the contrary.
What Walter O'Malley considers doing, however, is no infringement upon anyone's rights, as you point out. You are right for the wrong reasons.
The REV. JOSEPH P. SCHERER
I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw that you had picked Cincinnati over Boston in the NBA (Scouting Reports, Oct. 28). The line that really shocked me was, "The Celtics will need depth for their fight with the Royals." Now, what more depth do you want, with Havlicek, Naulls, Loscutoff, Ramsey, Lovellette and McCarthy on the bench, plus the strong starting team of Heinsohn, Sanders, Russell, Sam Jones and K. C. Jones? Cincinnati's Lucas is a very good young player, but how can one man added to Robertson and Co. possibly defeat the all-round team effort of the Celtics?
WILLIAM J. SULLIVAN
This year, with the advent of Jerry Lucas, Cincinnati is chosen to dethrone the Boston Celtics!
The Celtics are a team of destiny. Under the Founding Fathers led by George Washington, a revolutionary nation triumphed and prospered against all odds. The Celtics led by Bob Cousy also crossed the turbulent Delaware, faced tremendous opposition and triumphed. They, too, shall prosper.
JOEL LAWRENCE GOODE
After watching several recent nationally televised football games, it seems to me that penalties have about reached the saturation point. The referee, field judge, etc. simply control the game this year. Time and again, touchdown drives succeed or fail because of what the official sees. These annoyances were particularly evident in the recent West Virginia-Pitt and Notre Dame-Stanford games.