There was a loss of sales in beer and soft drinks in Oregon and a corresponding loss in tax revenues to the state. In fact, the normal rate of sales increase in Oregon practically came to a standstill after the law took effect.
The article is based on laws restricting containers in only two states. Uhrhammer does not mention that the public, when given the opportunity to express its view, voted against such prohibitive legislation all eight times such referenda have been placed on state and local ballots. The Senate, in passing a solid-waste bill for resource-recovery support, rejected overwhelmingly an amendment to require mandatory deposits. The public is obviously expecting more responsible solutions to litter and solid-waste problems.
There are better alternatives. The Clean Community System has already achieved a 70%-or-better reduction in all litter without any significant cost to the consumer or the community. And resource-recovery programs attack the entire waste stream, not just 6% of it!
CHESTER E. GARDNER
Vice President, Communications
United States Brewers Association
Re Jerry Uhrhammer's concise reporting of the throwaway-container dilemma, it is clear to me that responsible, pragmatic planning of solutions to environmental concerns can be successful, as evidenced by Oregon's controversial bottle bill. I hope that similar progressive thinking will be shown by voters in those states where deposit-law referenda are appearing and that an example will be set for the U.S. Senate. Perhaps with slightly more objective analysis of the statistics, our elected officials will come to see the value of such legislation.
STICKING UP FOR STONES
I wish to thank Kenny Moore for pointing out that high jumper Dwight Stones, as a person and an athlete, is a solid rock indeed (He Takes His Very Dry, If You Please, Aug. 16). The rain in Montreal may have turned his gold medal into bronze, but it in no way dampened his determination to succeed, his confidence in his style or his ability to reach greater heights. Evidence of this is his 7'7�" world record.
In the long run, Stones' Montreal experience may prove to be one of the most constructive forces in his life. His comments and actions, as reported in SI, reflect a thoughtful, introspective individual, one who sees himself as merely human. As Stones searches for the "reason why it rained on my parade in Montreal," his character should become even stronger than it already is.
JACK A. MCKENZIE
In 1931-32, as a 135-pound seaman aboard the coal-burning U.S.S. Ontario stationed at Pago Pago, I helped quarterback a Navy football team against native American Samoans—members of the quasi-military native Fita Fita Guard—and repeatedly we got clobbered by overpowering weight and football know-how. The barefooted Samoans ran over us roughshod. But it was fun for all hands, and, consequently, Richard W. Johnston's article Shake 'Em Out of the Coconut Trees (Aug. 16) set to ringing a number of old, muted bells.
In the story on Samoans in American college football, it is mentioned that Al Lolotai, the former pro football player, has a son, Tiloi, who is on a football scholarship at the University of Colorado. There also should have been mention of another son, Rich, who was the heart of the defensive line at Yale in 1969 and 1970 when the Elis allowed fewer than 100 yards per game rushing, to rank ninth nationally in this category in both years and second nationally in total defense in 1969.
New Haven, Conn.
Great article by Ray Kennedy (Boomingest Sooner of 'Em All, Aug. 9). Tears of laughter were in my eyes. That a Nebraska Cornhusker fan like me enjoyed this piece tells what a gifted writer Kennedy is. And thanks to Barry Switzer, too.
That was a wonderful story on Barry Switzer and college football's Big Red Machine. Although I'm a hard-core Buckeye fan, I have to admit that those Sooners are something else!