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Clearing the Air
Fimrite says that because the Oakland Coliseum is a breezy ballpark, secondhand smoke should not be a problem. Since the majority of people do not smoke, where will the breeze blow the smoke? Right at the nonsmokers. I salute the A's for their decision and hope teams in all sports will follow suit.
Sounding every bit as sanctimonious as the worst "health nut" or "health fascist" he ridicules, Fimrite smugly advises the A's that many people grew up going to ballparks amid cigar smoke and survived. I am one of those survivors.
I have wonderful memories of going to Wrigley Field and Milwaukee County Stadium with my chain-smoking father. No, sir, there were no whiny health nuts back in the 1950s spoiling our fun by asking my father to stop smoking. But perhaps if there had been, I would have more than a granite grave marker and memories to remind me of my father and those games.
Your cover headline, FINALLY, was correct, but the picture was wrong. The Penguins, after 24 years of hockey mediocrity, finally won the Stanley Cup. They deserved to be on the cover. Besides, I wanted to hang it on my wall.
Great article on Lemieux (On Top at Last, June 3), but don't you think the Stanley Cup winners deserved to be on the cover? When the Pirates win the World Series in October, who will be on the cover—the Bears, for winning their first game of the season?
I have special feelings about Clemson and my experiences there as a student-athlete, and it bothers me to think that this incident may have caused embarrassment to the university.