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October 22, 1990
?SYMBOLSAs an Illinois alumnus whose bloodlines are both European and Native American, I can respect the supporters as well as the opponents of Chief Illiniwek, the university's symbol (VIEWPOINT, Sept. 17). Franz Lidz correctly notes that "Native Americans seem more weary than angry" with Indian symbols. Native Americans wisely recognize that insensitivity and ignorance should not be equaled with institutional racism. I will always revere Chief Illiniwek as a noble symbol of America's great legacy, while decrying those who dismiss the debate as silly.
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I find it bewildering that so many otherwise normal people can place such importance on the athletic fortunes of a group of 15-to 18-year-old boys. Do these people have an existence so mundane they find it necessary to live their lives through these kids?
Petoskey, Mich.

What a breath of fresh air Pete Sampras is, not only for tennis but for all of sport as well (Upset Time, Sept. 17). I hope he wins a dozen more U.S. Opens. As for Andre Agassi, the change in him is disappointing. My wife, Peggy, sums him up best:

So, he has to dye that shoulder-length hair. O.K.

So, he has to take the court needing a shave. O.K.

So, he has to sport an earring. O.K.

So, he has to wear gaudy outfits for endorsement purposes. O.K.

So, he has to disrobe and toss his apparel to his fans. O.K.

O.K. to any one of the above, but all of them? Heaven forbid. Welcome, Pete Sampras. May you remain as you are and reign a long time.
Jackson, Tenn.

?The same mail that brought the above letter also brought the above drawing, from Walker Cain of New York City.—ED.

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