WIN ONE, LOSE ONE
Nice try, but Pat Putnam's article on the visit to Mexico City by the Notre Dame frosh (Hold On, Ara, the Freshmen Are Coming, Nov. 1) doesn't quite cover up the Irish loss to Southern Cal. Nor does the grudging admission by Gwilym Brown (FOOTBALL'S WEEK, NOV. 1) that Ara's boys need a quarterback erase the memory of the SI Scouting Report (Sept. 13) that pointed out that Notre Dame was to be No. 1 this year, quarterback or no. Parseghian is beginning to look a little like Tom Landry: even with all the ammunition, the gun still goes "pop" instead of "boom."
WILLIAM P. HINCKLEY
Hopefully, our future good relations with Mexico will never again be entrusted to emissaries from Notre Dame. After a reading of Pat Putnam's article, it appears that this year's freshmen are being well schooled in the traditions and philosophy of the Irish varsity and its coach, Run-It-Up Ara Parseghian: worry about those national rankings and to heck with the feelings of the outclassed opposition.
Mr. Putnam finds all of this very cute. To this observer it provides just another illustration of why Notre Dame is despised in many college football circles.
Roger Rapoport's article Peddling God's Country (Nov. 1) presents one of those curious "success stories" so mistakenly identified with the American Dream. The title "Land Developer" is flaunted by men like Jeff Dennis as if nature and the wilderness have lain in utter, undeveloping dormancy for four billion years, eagerly awaiting the dam, the saw, the bulldozer and a thick layer of pavement to develop into something worthwhile.
It is useless to argue with the likes of Dennis concerning the wisest uses of our last wildlands. For the land developers there are dollar signs on every tree or stream or bit of earth, and Federal laws still encourage private profit where no one man should ever hold sway. But developers can no more be faulted for their greed than a cat can be condemned for scratching a curtain; this is their nature. That the people of this nation allow such rapacity to continue in a day when their wilderness heritage has already been clawed to its last shreds is truly pitiful. Americans, each and every one of us, must strive to put wanton destruction by land developers out of the protection of our laws.