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Illinois's official symbol is not a cartoon character, and recent efforts by the university to put a stop to such unauthorized characterizations of Illiniwek should be encouraged. Such efforts were unfortunately omitted from Lidz's article.
Lidz's VIEWPOINT was long overdue, and I hope it was an eye-opener for many readers. Chief Illiniwek is but one example among many. Racist, degrading figures that demean the American Indian are commonplace throughout collegiate and professional sports.
?THE BOTTOM LINE
?The NFL Players Association says that the minimum annual salary for an active player is $50,000, but that no one is making that little. Though league salaries are usually not disclosed, there's an undrafted first-year free agent making somewhere between $52,000 and $55,000, probably the current lowest-paid player.—ED.
Ada may not be the cultural center of northwest Ohio, but I think our town got poor treatment in your story. Ada is a good place to raise a family, and the people are friendly and helpful. Yes, we could use a real restaurant. We do get tired of hamburger and pizza places. However, if everyone looked at Ada in the light of your article, I doubt anyone would consider starting one.
?FRIDAY NIGHT FEVER
I went to Piano Senior High, a rival of Odessa Permian for the state championship in 1987, when we eliminated Permian from the quarter finals. I recall what a terrific ballcarrier Boobie Miles was. When he was playing, everyone knew him, but once he was injured, he was a forgotten man. Athletes have to realize someone better always comes along. Who knows whether Boobie's football career is over? But his life isn't. He needs an education. I wish him the best.