Bil Gilbert makes a conscious effort to show that he is being objective in his analysis. However, his phraseology belies this effort. Gilbert explains that Joseph Coors is a member of the "far right," while Morris Udall is simply a "15-term Arizona Congressman." The Mountain States Legal Foundation is "ultraconservative," but the Sierra Club is merely a "private organization."
Whatever happened to the word "liberal"? Gilbert's thinking is clear: My opponents can be neatly stereotyped, but my allies are above such labeling.
The cover said SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, but inside I found a biased political tract about the evils of the Department of the Interior.
I am a native of Oregon, and I have lived many years in Washington, California and Arizona. I love every square mile of our beautiful West and want to protect its beauty.
We have federal land (BLM) inside our Lake Havasu City limits. The Federal Government controls the flow of our river, the level of our lake, the Indian reservation across the river and the use of the mountains and deserts that surround us for more than 100 miles in all directions. How much more control over our part of the U.S. do you Eastern people want?
Lake Havasu City, Ariz.
With so many opinions of Bil Gilbert and so few quotes from James Watt, I thought perhaps the Sierra Club had paid SI for 15 pages of ad space and hired Gilbert to do the dirty deed. Perhaps a more sporty title would have been Gilbert Boasts He Can Whup Watt.
If you must delve into this sort of thing, let's hear from Watt himself. So far, this is SI at its worst.
Your article was so far left it should have been printed on crimson paper.
JEFF J. HOLLOMAN, M.D.
Thank you for Ron Fimrite's informative piece about 1983's most outstanding baseball team, the Baltimore Orioles (It's No Longer Up in the Air, Sept. 26). This may sound strange coming from a confirmed Milwaukee Brewer fan, but putting aside my loyalties, I must concede that Baltimore has shown all year the type of baseball needed to win a world championship. I say good luck to the Birds, and see ya in '84.
Eagle River, Wis.
Having been a lifelong fan of the Birds, I especially enjoyed Ron Fimrite's article. My only criticism is that he failed to mention that, along with two candidates for American League MVP, the O's have strong candidates for Rookie of the Year ( Mike Boddicker), Rookie Pitcher of the Year ( Boddicker), the Cy Young Award ( Scott McGregor) and Manager of the Year ( Joe Altobelli). Beyond that, however, I wish to thank Fimrite for clearly presenting the fact that it was not Earl Weaver alone who made the Orioles great, it was the whole organization.
Bethany, W. Va.