- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Raising the bar on baseball

As an avid baseball fan, I was surprised by the sheer scope of the names mentioned for possible steroid use in the report by former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell (“MLB probe cites decade of drug use,” Page 1, Friday).

Releasing the report and the names was the right thing to do, as the game needs a wake-up call, and it is my hope that the report will serve such a purpose.

The baseball fan, whether a veteran who has seen a lot of games or a child who is watching his first, needs to know that everyone is on a level playing field. That needs to be the standard in America’s great pastime, and hopefully the report will be a good start on that front.


STEVEN M. CLAYTON

Ocean, N.J.

Should the Chappaquiddick case be reopened?

Mildred M. Fisher has it right regarding Sen. Edward M. Kennedy and the cover-up of Mary Jo Kopechne’s death (“Kennedy, Chappaquiddick and cover-up,” Letters, Saturday). It seems that the magical Kennedy mystique has permitted Mr. Kennedy to remain free to bloviate about anything, from pushing for amnesty for illegal aliens to ranting about CIA cover-ups.

Mark Furhman’s investigation of the 1975 murder of Martha Moxley ensured that a Kennedy in-law (Michael Skakel) went to prison for that crime in 2002, 27 years after the fact. Because there exists no statute of limitations on murder, I wonder if Mr. Furhman would be willing to reopen the investigation into the death of Miss Kopechne.

KEVIN M. VALENTINI

Stafford, Va.

Faith and politics

Mike Huckabee is a Christian fundamentalist (“Who Is Huckabee?” Commentary, Friday). Most Americans want their president to be a person of faith but not necessarily a fundamentalist. It would be a big mistake to elect a president who is a fundamentalist, whatever religion the person practices.

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