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Letters to theEditor
That student was Courtland Freeman. Today, Mr. Freeman is a star player for the Georgetown Hoyas, but he is more than that. He is an outstanding young man with a promising future.
This is not unusual for the Georgetown team under the leadership of Craig Esherick. Coach Esherick is building a program that remains competitivewithoutsacrificing Georgetown’s academic standards or the futures of the young men in his charge. Given how few college players have any hope of a career in professional sports, that should be the goal of every program across the country.
As a coach, John Thompson always made it clear that his top priority was helping his players graduate and grow as people. Coach. Esherick has built on that legacy. Indeed, it is that commitment to character that has always made the Hoyas the team to watch.
The acid coverage in The Washington Times (“Hurting Hoyas,” Sports, Thursday), however, barely even registers that the Hoyas are a college team. It would be nice to see The Times leave the petty editorializing to the Duke fans and just cover the ebb and flow of a program that remains first-rate.
RICHARD L. ARMITAGE
Enter Nader, stage left
With the entry of Ralph Nader into the 2004 presidential race, surely champagne corks are popping at the White House, as President Bush’s probability of re-election has soared. (“Nader to make fourth run for president,” Page 1, yesterday.)
Given the virtual 50-50 ideological split of our nation, many have predicted a presidential race similar to the stunning 2000 contest, with the victor winning by a razor-thin margin and some states tilting to one candidate by perhaps just a few hundred votes.
Students of politics know that in such a race, Mr. Nader would tilt close contests to the president, as he did in 2000, because Nader voters are liberal-socialist in nature, not persons who would ever be inclined to vote for a Republican.
I admire Mr. Nader greatly. He is a brilliant, highly educated and learned man who is honest and upfront about his beliefs. He has never hesitated to skewer public officials of all political persuasions with whom he disagrees. Mr. Nader would add a fascinating element to a debate, his irreverence making it clear why neither party wishes him to be a participant.
Notwithstanding Mr. Nader’s intellectualqualifications, Americans, to their credit, have rejected him as a viable presidential candidate, as his mantra is primarily, “I hate big business and the wealthy and will bring both to their knees.” Voters have recognized what a disaster his plan for income redistribution would be and how it would destroy a free-market, capitalist economy if Congress were ever twisted enough to follow Mr. Nader down his dangerous path.
Mr. Nader will enliven the presidential race and fascinate Americans, but let there be no mistake: In the final analysis, his “legacy” will be only that he ensured the re-election of Mr. Bush.
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