Thanks for "steering" your readers in the right direction when it comes to the Texas Longhorn (You Can Get Hooked on Long-horns, June 18).
I have a stuffed Bevo in my bedroom, hanging right over my University of Texas diploma, and when Los Angeles gets me down, I take one look at that Longhorn and thank God I'm a Texan. Hook 'em, Horns!
North Hollywood, Calif.
Armadillos, rattlesnakes, the Dallas Cowboys, J.R., the Alamo, tumbleweeds, billionaire H. Ross Perot—nothing symbolizes Texas better than the Longhorn. My congratulations to Douglas S. Looney on a super article.
Douglas S. Looney wrote a fine article on a dull animal. The most exciting thing for a Longhorn to do is visit his rival, Big Red, the mascot of the University of Arkansas Razor-backs. And despite what the jealous H.C. Carter says, there is only one thing better than a hog, and that's a Razorback Hog!
Hot Springs Village, Ark.
Douglas S. Looney's story on Longhorns has insulted this sports-loving, cattle-raising farmer more than you can imagine. Now all my friends and neighbors are going to question my sanity, because among my cattle I have no Longhorns. Please allow me to present my defense.
Longhorns are superior to the average beef animal in hardiness, longevity and ease of calving. But what do you have after you have one born? You have a calf that takes an eternity to reach market weight and has about as much muscle as a hyena. When you finally get one slaughtered and receive the check from the packer, you'll wonder why you ever bought that damn Longhorn bull.
Did you notice that most of the cattlemen in your article did not make their fortunes raising Longhorns but instead are in the process of spending one on them? So, please, just stick to sports and leave ranching news to the agricultural magazines.
You've got to be kidding. Four sentences on the Belmont and six pages on Longhorn cattle? As a racehorse owner and an SMU student, I'm insulted.
DAVID L. BELFORD
MARTINA AND MAC
Some people may feel that Martina Navratilova's dominance on the court has negatively affected women's tennis, but I disagree. What we are witnessing, and what Curry Kirkpatrick brought out in his article on the French Open (Worthy of Really High Fives, June 18), is simply another sports great. Martina's Grand Slam is proof enough. She's reaping the rewards of her discipline, dedication and athletic prowess.
BETSY L. BILLARD
Upon reading Curry Kirkpatrick's article I was once again sickened by John McEnroe's loathsome behavior on the tennis court. McEnroe is not only a disgrace to the game of tennis, but, more important, he's also a disgrace to our country. His sportsmanship and temperament are thoroughly deplorable and should not be taken lightly. He should either grow up or be banned from the game. In the meantime, please stop giving him space in your magazine.
North Andover, Mass.