The best of both worlds is no longer available, ladies. The ERA offers you combat boots, not roses or candy, because those days are gone forever.
SAMUEL A. NIGRO, M.D.
Cleveland Heights, Ohio
At last the shoe is on the other foot. Educators in America must realize, and quickly, the absurdity of girls on boys' teams and boys on girls' teams. What is needed are separate outlets for boys and girls to further their athletic talents. If the formulation of separate teams for boys and girls necessitates a cut in boys' athletic funds, so be it. But it is something that must be done, and the sooner the better. Until then, if the girls are going to participate on boys' teams, then boys should be allowed to develop their athletic abilities on girls' teams. Gentlemen, keep on bowling!
KEITH A. MAHAFFEY
North Riverside, Ill.
VIOLENT HOCKEY (CONT.)
This letter is in response to the increasing uproar over the violence prevalent in ice hockey today. I believe this criticism is unjustified in that it merely segregates one manifestation of our violent society.
Hockey provides what the majority of the ticket-buying public wants to see, speed and violence. If rock 'em, sock 'em hockey did not attract large crowds throughout the United States and Canada, you can bet that the front offices would change the playing tactics of their teams.
We live in a violent world and ice hockey is an extension of it. All of us should realize that criticism directed at hockey is, in truth, criticism directed at our society. Hockey will become less violent when our society becomes less violent. Until then we can continue to criticize, continue to buy tickets or, as many do, continue to do both.
W. STEWART MOSS
IDENTIFIED FLYING OBJECTS
On behalf of the ever-increasing number of flying disc enthusiasts, let me thank you for your entertaining coverage of two of our more prominent figures, John Kirkland and Victor Malafronte ("They Are My Life and My Wife", Feb. 24). I only wish that you could have provided the reader with a clearer description of the degree to which the sport is developing.
This summer there will be six major events on the North American tournament schedule. The forms of competition are quite diverse, ranging from disc golf to freestyle. The competitors are drawn from across the continent, and they are dedicated. The result is a fascinating display of talent which, like Victor and John's act, draws an amazed reaction from spectators. I'm sure both John and Vic will attest to the severity of the competition at these events.
Many of us look forward to a flying disc show in the future, possibly with basketball as a warm-up act.
Flying Disc World
Applause for your interesting feature on the young wrestling prodigy Jimmy Carr (Driving Up with a Compact Carr, Feb. 24). More applause for your prescient observation that Michigan State's two-time NCAA champ, Pat Milkovich, might prove to be a stumbling block for Jimmy. Milkovich dawdled for around 10 seconds of their Feb. 21 match before recording his first takedown en route to a convincing 9-2 victory.
Barry McDermott's article about young Bill Cartwright (A High Road for a Hot High-Schooler, Feb. 24) shows that there are still great athletes whose values transcend million-dollar contracts. Every year we hear about agile giants who can jump and shoot. But one who respects his parents' judgment? Who values an education? Who has poise and discipline at 17? That's news.