Arguing Casey's Case
Lost in all the rhetoric is this simple fact: Casey Martin rocked the boat (THE LIFE OF REILLY, June 4). That's why the oh-so-conservative golf world is upset. It's not about the cart but the Tour, and its players can't admit that.
JIM PRIMOCK, Boulder, Colo.
Letting Martin ride a cart will give him a competitive edge? Let's make sure I have the facts straight. Pro golfers don't catch or throw a ball. They don't run. They don't jump. They don't punch or get punched. They don't kick or get kicked. They don't swim or dive. They don't tackle or get tackled. They don't skate or ride a horse. The competitive advantage they lose to Martin is that they have to walk a few hundred feet at a leisurely pace to catch up to a ball they just hit with a metal club. Give me a break!
TOM PARDUE, Bowling Green, Ky.
Of course we should have sympathy for Martin, and of course the PGA ought to allow him to use a cart. However, golf is a game with rules, and it should be for the people who run the game to decide the rules, not the Supreme Court. If you disagree with the rules, lobby the PGA, don't play in PGA events, stop watching PGA events, start your own tour for which you make the rules or take up a different sport. In our ever litigious country, it's sad that not even golf can stay out of the courtroom.
MICHAEL MANDEL, Los Angeles
I play golf, and I have a condition that forces me to walk the course rather than ride in a cart (shortage of funds). This makes playing the par-5s very difficult, so I'm wondering if the federal courts could set a maximum yardage of, say, 300 yards for par-5s.
C.D. MORRIS, Crawfordsville, Ind.
For dinosaurs like Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus to criticize Martin's use of a cart is wrong. He's disabled; he doesn't have a sore back. Big difference.
ERIC RELKIN, New York City
Steve Rushin's Summery Summary column was a perfect reflection on summers past, present and future (AIR AND SPACE, June 4). My experiences prompt me to suggest one addition: Throwing the football on the beach should always incorporate a timing pattern, a bathing-suit-clad Joe Montana to a bathing-suit-clad Jerry Rice, making a fully extended, diving catch into the breakers.
ROBERT W. HESS, Boston
Hey, Steve, this summer, please take me with you. I'll be wearing my black-and-white Converse canvas sneakers. I'll have my baseball mitt strapped over the handlebars, my Louisville Slugger over my shoulder and a baseball nestled snugly into the frame of my Schwinn Sting Ray with the banana seat. I'll be chewing two pieces of Bazooka, while pedaling as fast as I can to get to the empty lot that doubles as a baseball diamond.
GLEN DEEGAN, Eldersburg, Md.
Thank you for reminding me why I became a teacher. No, not to empower the future leaders of our nation, but to have my summers off.
DAN CAVENDER, Wichita, Kans.
The direct quotes in your story about Martin Bergen (Collision at Home, June 4) prove one thing—major league players were much more articulate 100 years ago than they are today.
GEORGE WINE, Solon, Iowa
The article on Bergen by William Nack and Mike Donovan was compelling. It's sad that little treatment was available at the time for someone suffering from mental illness other than being locked up for the rest of his life. As a mental health counselor, I feel it's important for readers to know that those suffering from schizophrenia and other mental disorders are no more violent than the general population, and if they do commit a violent crime, the reasons for their action are often complicated by homelessness, lack of treatment, alcohol and/or drugs.
KEVIN B. HULL, Lakeland, Fla.