Although your magazine has always maintained high professional standards in the area of sports reporting, your swimsuit issue is a flagrant attempt to promote cheesecake a la Hugh Hefner. After we received the 1983 swimsuit issue, we felt it would be your last, based on the negative input from your readers. We felt their concerns would be important to you. Obviously, they weren't! Please cancel our subscription.
After reading the mixed reactions to your annual swimsuit extravaganza, I congratulate you on your truly class publication. SPORTS ILLUSTRATED'S tradition of printing criticisms along with commendations, without justification or rebuttal, shows that you aren't insensitive to the concerns many have regarding the morality of such an issue. It would be easy to avoid controversy by simply scrapping your annual cheesecake edition. Yet by standing up for what you believe in and allowing others to voice their opinions and concerns, you continue to exemplify the freedom and integrity that are the foundation of this great nation.
MICHAEL J. YOFFIE
San Rafael, Calif.
As a longtime subscriber to SI, I believe I have seen almost all of your covers, including the swimsuits, to which I have no objection. However, you have outdone yourselves with the cover of your Feb. 20 edition.
If you have been looking for the all-American girl, you can stop searching because you have found her. How could you ever surpass the scrubbed, apple-cheeked, smiling, happy look of Debbie Armstrong?