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I look forward to the Anna Kournikova fantasy issue.
Jon Ogar, DeWitt, Mich.
Jason Martin, Indianapolis
So IOC members think the U.S. is not worthy of playing host to the Olympics because the U.S.'s "international relations are so poor" (Scorecard, July 25). In the past, the IOC has ignored the beating of Iraqi athletes by Saddam Hussein's thuggish son, awarded the Olympics to a repressive regime in Beijing and expected gifts, gratuities and genuflection from supplicant cities. Against that repulsive ethical and human rights record, the U.S. looks just fine to me.
No disrespect intended to Rafael Palmeiro on his 3,000 hits and 500 home runs, but even before his positive steroids test I felt his statistics were not the same as those of Hank Aaron, Willie Mays or Eddie Murray (Inside Baseball, July 25). Aaron's and Mays's numbers, and most of Murray's, were achieved while they competed on offense and defense. How many of Palmeiro's home runs and other hits were obtained while he was a designated hitter with the luxury of resting in the dugout as his teammates were working in the field?
Al Wideman, St. Louis