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March 09, 1970
DOWNFALLSirs:I was planning on sending you a letter telling how disgusted I was that you cut up Denny McLain (Downfall of a Hero, Feb. 23). Well I'm glad I didn't. I find it's better knowing the truth as the truth than seeing it as false.
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March 09, 1970

19th Hole: The Readers Take Over

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Pro athletes owe it to their respective clubs and to sport as a whole to maintain a respectable image. If they cannot conduct themselves in a way representative of sport such action is welcome and necessary.
Jackson, S.C.

Your depiction of Hubert Edward Voshen as a "two-handed bettor" was very misleading. Your article characterized Ed (as we all knew him) as a gambler who associated with criminal types, but you did not reveal the real Ed, a man who, in his 30-plus years' association with the trucking and truck-stop business, never turned his back on any trucker in need.

In one instance, during the big snowstorm in January 1967, there were approximately 300 truckers stranded for about four days at the Tc-Khi Truck Stop, which Ed owned. Ed's orders to his employees were that no one was to go without food regardless of whether he had money or not. This is just one example of the true man.

I am sure his family and thousands of friends in the trucking industry would appreciate a small insight into the real Ed Voshen.
Hobart, Ind.

It was with a great deal of interest that I read Robert Boyle's article, My Struggle to Help the President (Feb. 16). One particular sentence caught my attention, and I believe it illustrates the attitude on the part of the Government that is the real crux of our pollution problem. I refer to the statement by a Corps of Engineers official, "We're dealing with top officials in industry, and you just don't go around treating these people like that."

What I'd like to know is: Why not? Are these people above the law? Or is it that if they were brought to court and made to answer for the violations some campaign contributions would dry up? You can bet that if some ordinary Joe Blow were caught contaminating a stream from some backyard project he'd get fined, locked up and the key thrown away faster than you can say "I represent Penn Central railroad and plead not guilty because I'm big business."
Lakeside, Calif.

In reading Mr. Boyle's article about his efforts to stop the discharge of oil into the Hudson from the Penn Central pipe, I could feel and appreciate the frustration that Boyle and his friends must have felt. In nine years of working with the Ohio State Water Pollution Control Board as a district sanitary engineer I have seen many similar pollution problems that needed immediate attention. However, the pollution continues year after year as industry's "permit" to pollute is renewed annually, without any enforcement.

The pollution-control agencies of Ohio and most otherstates have been administered by oldtimers near retirement who were reluctant to take any action. The politics of wanting to attract, not discourage, industry also is a factor in overpermissiveness.

I think it is great that a magazine of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED'S stature is printing articles that bring the problem to the public's attention. It will take articles such as Mr. Boyle's, as well as continual pressure by the general public, to bring about meaningful abatement programs. Keep up the good work.
Lancaster, Ohio

I am writing in regard to an up-and-coming college sport in the Midwest: hockey. Here at Bowling Green State University we have an unusual addition to our hockey team, a squad of 10 cheerleaders. Although a hockey cheerleading squad in itself is not unique (there are some in Wisconsin and Massachusetts), our squad is unique in that we perform cheers and stunts on skates before every game, which no other squad in America that we know of does. We do splits and cartwheels right on the ice as part of our routines.

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