For instance, if the Twins traded Dan Ford to the Expos for Gary Carter, would critics claim it was a political deal? Would the Braves be going in the right direction if they sent Jamie Easterly to the Dodgers for Bill North? A trade involving Pete Falcone of the Cards and Doug Bird of the Royals would deserve some watching. And how about a culinary swap—Woodie Fryman of the Expos for Dusty Baker of the Dodgers?
Would a three-way trade involving the Blue Jays' Jesse Jefferson, the White Sox' Claudell Washington and the Twins' Glenn Adams go down in history? If the Rangers sent Bobby Bonds and Bump Wills to the Brewers for Don Money, who would profit?
Would you believe Geronimo going to the Indians? How about Stein to the Brewers? Smalley to the Giants? Suppose Gamble were dealt to the Cards? Or Devine to the Angels?
JEFFREY G. HAFF
Your June 26 SCORECARD contains two such glaring examples of the old trick of constantly repeating a lie to make it appear to be the truth that I finally have blown my stack.
Michael Bean of the Environmental Defense Fund repeats that group's everlasting contention that the Little Tennessee River is "one of the last free-flowing and clean rivers in the region," but nowhere does he explain how a river can be "free flowing" that already contains seven major dams (one is among the biggest in the Eastern U.S.—Fontana) on it and its tributaries.
He also says that Tellico Dam was planned 10 years ago. It was planned in 1939, but its construction was postponed early in WW II when labor and material were allocated to Douglas and Cherokee dams because they would provide more electricity more quickly. The power was needed for the then secret Manhattan Project at Oak Ridge, Tenn.
A. M. SMALLEY
Lenoir City, Tenn.