Bravo! Bravo! Andrea Mead Lawrence's article, Lei's Not Spoil Their Sport (Feb. 3), is the year's most needed critical review. Substitute baseball, tennis, swimming in place of skiing—the words apply equally to any sport.
Winning is fine, but playing—win or lose—is life itself.
Mount Pleasant, Mich.
The same philosophy should apply in every human endeavor, whether in recreation, in education, in religion or in winning the daily bread.
W. O. ZIMMERMAN
New Kensington, Pa.
In view of the 1964 Winter Olympic results so far, are you sure our skiers were so terribly and outrageously downgraded by the prejudiced Europeans?
JOHN E. HERZOG
A few (million) people owning and using firearms for sport and protection will not agree that Warren S. Mitchell's proposals (19TH HOLE, Feb. 3) will effectively disarm criminals or, "in no way restrict legitimate use of firearms." It is rather obvious that he is ignorant of the manufacture of small arms, their use, their acquisition by criminals and the history of legislation concerning them both here and in other countries. For his information, all except the very cheapest of guns, including the military, are and have been numbered serially, and legitimate dealers, without exception, record such numbers in their sales records.
New York State's 50-year-old Sullivan Law covers short firearms much as Mitchell advocates for all guns. It has made it difficult and in most cases impossible for the average citizen to own a pistol for any reason in that state. If it has prevented criminals from doing so, it isn't apparent from police reports and records.
As a tool-and-diemaker with 22 years of professional gunsmithing experience, I would feel insulted if anyone suggested that I couldn't build from metal and wood available anywhere a better rifle than the gun allegedly used by Oswald with such fantastic effectiveness. And teen-agers with little or no mechanical training make the lethal and illegal zip gun.
W. S. VICKERMAN
As a schoolteacher, recreation director, youth leader, infantry veteran and parent, I feel qualified to voice an opinion on the right of Americans to bear arms: Mr. Mitchell is dead wrong on every count—even about snowballs. It so happens that snowballs are a lot more dangerous than firearms. I am elementary safety director for our schools and closely observe the damage done by snowballs fired astray. (The national records are appalling.) Reader Mitchell shouldn't attempt to speak with authority on snowballs since he lives in a state ( California) that has little appreciable snowfall per year.
ART VAN ATTA
I agree with Mr. Mitchell's thesis, but the phrase that caught my attention was "only adults of good character." Where did he get the secret of what constitutes good character? Let me know so I can bottle it. I'll make millions.
There ought to be a law against murder. That's what.