Hail to the Redskins
Regarding the two letters [Free for All, Jan. 15] complaining about the R-word (Redskins), especially the one from Peter S. Gray, who finds the name so offensive he gets "no joy from watching them play," I say: So don't watch!
As for those whiners, complainers, causey activists, chronic malcontents--you all need to get out of the house more often, meet some real people, get a hobby, get a life.
By the way, my Webster's defines "Redskin" as "a North American Indian." Period.
In the meantime, all hail to the Redskins--in 2000, 2001 and on and on.
--Powell B. Sherry
Face Man Case
Steve Case of AOL certainly got his share of press coverage in your Jan. 11 edition. His face appears on the front pages of three sections (World News, Style and Business). If he'd purchased the Washington Redskins, he could have made the front page of the Sports page as well. Lord knows, he can afford it.
--Richard L. Eilbert
Leave Only Footprints
In response to Theodore Loeffler's letter "Trash This Park Policy" [Close to Home, Jan. 9], going "trash free" in the state recreation areas has proven to be a cost saver, and it eliminates the threat of lawsuits from bee-stings.
My brother worked along the Potomac River for more than 10 years and spoke of the trash barrels filled with hot embers and melted beer bottles after a weekend-long party. Try lifting that on a truck Monday morning. Also the locals would empty their freezers of meat and dump it in the cans to rot and stink by pickup time.
If Loeffler is truly one with nature he should know to leave nothing more than footprints. Pack out what you pack in by planning ahead to use as little "trash" as possible, i.e., take recyclable beverage containers or food containers.
Watchdog for Freedom
I want to express my disappointment that Nat Hentoff's column, "Sweet Land of Liberty," will not be running on the op-ed page anymore. Your paper must not ignore the important civil liberties issues that Hentoff focuses on.
It is easy for Americans to assume that our freedoms are protected just because they are spelled out in the Bill of Rights. Writers like Hentoff remind us that there are invasions of our rights and, in particular, the rights of our least powerful citizens that need to be resisted every day.
Unfazed but Not Nonplused
The Jan. 14 Metro article "Birth After 5-Month Delay Thrills Md. Parents, Doctors" reports that baby Benjamin Rosenthal was "sleeping peacefully" and "clearly nonplused by the glare of cameras and a throng of reporters."
Although "nonplused" sounds like it should mean "not fazed," it means the opposite: to be bewildered into inaction. A non-nonplused copy editor probably should have caught that one.
--Mary T. Lane
Origins of a Fortune
The Jan. 19 Style article "A Couple's Costly Secret" referred to Larry Millison as the "son of a general store owner." My uncle, Hiram Millison, would not be amused to see himself described as a "general store owner."
Hiram Millison purchased the land surrounding what became the Patuxent River Naval Air Station in the early 1940s and built a shopping center on it. From this beginning, he amassed the fortune that later passed to his son, Larry. It is true that Larry was able to add to his personal wealth through his ownership of slot machines, but he would have had nothing without his father's money to get him started.
Potomac State's Home
Potomac State College is not in Morgantown, W.Va., as was stated in the article "Youth Coaches Face Scrutiny" [Metro, Jan. 10]. It is located near the banks of the Potomac along the West Virginia-Maryland border in Keyser, W.Va. Potomac State, a junior college, feeds into West Virginia University, which is located in Morgantown.
--Gwen Sharpless Snyder