The Boss Is Back
George Steinbrenner as Napoleon on your March 1 cover? A better casting would have been General Douglas MacArthur. Now, that was a comeback.
DANIEL S. MAXIME
Amazing. Your cover went from Beauty to the Beast in one short week!
There are so many classy owners, executives and players who could have kicked off the 1993 baseball season by appearing on your cover. If baseball is our national sport and represents a lot of what is good in America—reaching the top of one's profession through hard work, regardless of race, education or family background—then Steinbrenner represents the opposite.
Please do not kill into the trap, as so many in the media have, of publicizing the few who gain notoriety through phony bluster. There are so many decent people in baseball to honor with your cover.
JIM KAAT, Former player and current broadcaster
Give me a break. Steinbrenner ruined the Yankees and tried to do the same for the rest of baseball. His paying outrageous salaries for, at best, mediocre players has led to fan disgust.
Steinbrenner was kicked out of the game "for life." Pete Rose fans, take heart. Rose is a jerk, but he gave more to the game than Steinbrenner did.
Steinbrenner's celebrated return to baseball proves my premise that he is no wimp and has the courage to speak his mind. Now we can look forward to more excitement and pizzazz. It was dull without George.
New Rochelle, N.Y.
The emotional struggles of Arizona State basketball star Ryneldi Becenti (A Woman of the People, March 1) puts into perspective the painful clash of values (independence versus assimilation) that the Navajo people and other Native Americans have faced for many decades. When you go to the Four Corners region of the Southwest you realize how truly amazing it is that Becenti got to college and is only a few months away from getting her degree. Thanks for reminding us that college sports can be fundamental to the success of many people.
Oak Park. Ill.
As a Navajo and former student-athlete at Window Rock High, I read Gary Smith's article with interest. Becenti is to be commended for her on-court success as well as for capitalizing on her basketball skills to further her education.
What's disturbing, though, is the tunnel vision that apparently still exists among the Navajo community leaders. While they are certainly correct in praising Becenti's athletic achievements and her positive representation of Navajos, they evidently still fail to understand that higher education, not athletics, is the Navajos' best avenue to a better life.