- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Coloradans and illegals

If it were not so outrageous, it would be laughable that in the wake of the passing of anti-sanctuary legislation here in Colorado, the Mexican consul general has self-righteously inserted his “concerns” about policy into the domestic affairs of the United States (“Anti-sanctuary law sets off consular tiff,” Nation, May 7). This is an odd stance for a high-level official to take, considering the glaring fact that the Mexican government has failed to elevate the quality of life for the 40 percent of its citizens who live below the poverty level. Consul General Juan Marcos Gutierrez also seems to forget that Mexico has not yet achieved its goal of “reconquista” and that America, at least for the moment, is a sovereign nation based on laws his government continues to encourage its citizens to violate, which it aids and abets them in doing.

It is high time that Denver and other Colorado cities protect their citizens rather than its illegal aliens. I applaud state Sen. Tom Wiens and the Colorado Legislature for finally awakening to what Colorado’s citizens have known for years: We have reached the breaking point in terms of the social, economic and educational impact on life here in Colorado.

TRISH NELSON

Pueblo, Colo.

Remembering the Bambino

I really enjoyed “Everlasting legend” (Sports, Saturday), extolling the incomparable legacy of Babe Ruth. Indeed, Barry Bonds may soon create a number for himself, but he will not create a name for himself — at least none to rival that of the great Bambino and his “Ruthian” achievements.

Writer Ron Kroichick demonstrates in several ways the uniquehome-run-hitting prowess of the Babe. But I would like to add one more example because it involves our old Washington Senators ball club.

Washington entered the 1924 World Series — the only one it would ever win — with the fewest home runs ever produced by a pennant-winning ball club: a paltry 22 homers for the entire season. The capital ballplayers must have found it intimidating, therefore, to look across home plate at the New York Giants’ dugout. There sat first baseman George Kelly, who had wrapped up the season with 21 homers, just one shy of the whole Washington team.

However, had all gone according to plan, the Washington ball club and George Kelly could have lifted their eyes to the press box, where they would have seen a man serving as a syndicated reporter for the World Series. With his 46 home runs, Babe Ruth had ended that season with more than all of them put together. Unfortunately, the Babe missed his appearance that day, as he was in the emergency room with appendicitis.

VANCE GARNETT

Washington

The article “Everlasting legend” shows why baseball is such a great game: The passage of time does not dim the deeds of yesterday’s stars, as current great Barry Bonds inches toward the “Ruthian” total of 714 lifetime home runs. The author rhetorically asks if Barry Bonds will be remembered 50 years from now. Who knows, but let’s examine some of Ruth’s more obscure accomplishments from long ago and note how they add to his magic.

He got his start as a pitcher and became one of the best, posting marks of 23-12 in 1916 and 24-13 in 1917. His nine shutouts during the 1917 season stand to this day as the record (tied) for left-handed pitchers in the American League. In the World Series that year, he helped pitch the Boston Red Sox to a victory in the World Series.

Sold to the New York Yankees before the 1920 season, he became an everyday player and socked an unheard-of 54 homers; his closest rival in the league that year hit a measly 19. Most astonishing about the 1920 season is how Ruth’s 54 exceeded the total number of home runs posted by any other team in the American League. He accomplished the feat again during the legendary 1927 season, when no other team exceeded his total of 60 in a single season; Babe hit them when (and where) no one else did.

Babe Ruth’s home runs have been described as beautiful to behold. Written accounts of his meteoric blasts document just how swiftly a pitched ball jumped off his bat and sailed into the far reaches of a ballpark. Past his prime, the Babe could still smack ‘em. Nearing the end of the line in 1935, Babe poked three home runs in a game on May 25; the last one reportedly left the cavernous confines of old Forbes Field in Pittsburgh.

Babe finished his career with a slugging average of .690, which is still tops among major leaguers; in 1920 alone, his slugging average was an incredible .847.Some of these marks may fall ultimately; however, we still would remember the overall accomplishments of the Bambino and his successors. Maybe that’s why it’s such a great game.

CORT VITTY

Davidsonville, Md.

Domestic violence

The article “Family violence soars” (Culture, Friday) documents the need for reporters and newspapers not to accept the manipulation of facts as fact.

It should have been obvious that Jackie Warrilow from the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence is concerned about intimate partner violence between heterosexual men and women and not the “family violence study” that is the subject of the article.

Miss Warrilow claims that someone looking at this data would assume that women are more violent than men in intimate relationships. Her primary concern is abusive relationships between heterosexual men and women.

Domestic violence, as contemporarily defined by the National Domestic Violence Hotline, is not only or primarily violent behavior, nor is it only or primarily behavior between male and female intimate partners. The NDVH says that domestic violence is a pattern of coercive control that one person exercises over another. It includes threats, intimidation and emotional abuse. These are “abusive” relationships, not necessarily “violent” ones.

Anyone who remembers his or her childhood understands that type of behavior quite well and knows that sisters or mothers can be just as coercive, threatening, intimidating and emotionally and physically assaultive as men.

Miss Warrilow says that the validity of Conflict Tactics Scale (CTS) has been refuted for years. Yet it is difficult to believe she is not aware that the vast majority of domestic violence organizations use data collected from the CTS to document the victimization of women. A women is abused every 12 seconds and 1 of 3 women will be abused in her lifetime, according to data from CTS-styled studies.

Miss Warrilow says the CTS is not valid because it does not account for the frequency, intensity, intent or context of the violence. However, she then ignores the fact that the vast majority of the research, government reports, victims service agencies and law enforcement data that she claims are valid also do not take into account the majority of those factors.

Miss Warrilow ignores that reams of data document quite clearly that the number of infants, adolescents, men, lesbians and gay men who are victimized because of “family violence” outnumber the number of heterosexual women who are abused by heterosexual men.

It is in the interest of Miss Warrilow — as someone who is only or primarily concerned with the abuse of heterosexual females in intimate relationships — to make those claims.

RICHARD L. DAVIS

Vice president

Family Nonviolence Inc.

Plymouth, Mass.

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