MECHANICAL INTRUDER (CONT.)
Thank you for your excellent article on snowmobiling (Bad Show Out in the Cold Snow, March 16) and for suggesting various restrictions on the use of snowmobiles. I would like to see legislation passed that would make it illegal to operate any vehicle, be it a trail bike, jeep, snowmobile or even a horse, on privately owned land without the landowner's permission. With these irritations removed, the landowner would be more willing to permit the public to continue to hunt, fish, hike or camp on his property instead of excluding everyone because of a few irresponsible vehicle operators.
Each of us has his favorite outdoor location for the enjoyment of a sport or just for communing with nature. I would bet that 80% of these favorite spots are on private grounds, and unless we start treating the landowner better we'll all find ourselves shoehorned into public parks for our outdoor activity.
Snowmobilers could win some friends for themselves if they would form clubs, buy inexpensive mountain land in the snow country to use for their sport and then open the land to other outdoorsmen and nature lovers during the other three seasons.
University Park, Pa.
There was no mention of what snowmobiles could possibly be doing to the fishing. In the area where I live we have no woods or forests, so the snowmobilers take to the lakes. I gave up summer fishing because of the motorboats. Now it looks like I'll have to give up ice fishing.
I didn't realize just how bad these machines could be until last weekend, when I visited the races at West Yellowstone, Mont., adjacent to Yellowstone National Park. Conditions at these races are difficult to describe. The pit areas become a quagmire of oil, grease and mud. Gas fumes make the air almost unbreathable, and the noise produced by hundreds of snowmobiles running in unison is deafening. In addition, the usual film of beer cans and other garbage found at any gathering of 4,500 people covers the ground.
Although I realize that this main snowmobiles seldom become concentrated in one area, I, for one, would welcome additional restrictions on these vehicles.
RICHIE AND YAZ
It is my opinion that the personality on the front cover of your March 23 issue has done next to nothing to upgrade the sport that he represents. Inasmuch as he sets his own time for reporting to spring training (he feels it is at present too lengthy), fails to report for work regularly, holds a mediocre fielding average, sounds off to the press, criticizes his superiors via the news media (an unprofessional, insubordinate act in itself) and wastes his potential, it is my feeling that Richie Allen (A Bird in Hand and a Burning Busch) has a long, rough row to hoe before his image becomes worthy of being splashed conspicuously on the cover of a magazine that I consider the best part of the weekly mail.
DAVID J. LESKO
I found your article The Team That Eats Managers (March 16) to be straightforward and very informative, but it gave me the impression that a ballplayer such as Carl Yastrzemski, who may not be worth every penny of that $140,000 he is earning, is free to become a front-office man and to consent in some way to each manager his team hires. The position Yaz takes as a Red Sock should be playing the outfield and contributing to as many wins as he can with his hitting ability. If it is true that Yaz' attitude has changed this year, it will greatly help Boston attain the world championship Hag it blew in the 1967 World Series. Maybe, if Yaz stops crying for his Maypo and starts thinking seriously, that goal will not be too far off in the future.
Your recent article, "Swimming Isn't Everything, Winning Is" (March 9), has ruffled quite a few feathers in the Santa Clara Swim Club. Although this may come as a surprise to Arnold Spitz, quite a number of good swimmers have sprouted through their own efforts and those of their coach, George Haines. The devotion of these greats and the many other not-so-greats to Mr. Haines can never actually be put down in writing—no one would ever believe that one person could be so well liked by so many.
No one has ever been asked by Mr. Haines to join his swim club. Anyone who joins the club does so by his own choice. The club is entirely for the swimmers. Any parent who may try to manage or run the club will find himself off the membership list.