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"Mailbag" Continued...

Issue: "Public-school reform," July 26, 2003

Kudos to Mr. Olasky for his insights into what plagues the game: a decline in Confrontations Per Hour (CPH), combined with the problem of Non-Education In Nuances (NEIN). But my dad and I feel a key acronym is missing for Major League Baseball: SCELF-Salary Caps Equal a Level Field. The NHL, the NBA, and the NFL have caps so fans from every region of the country feel like they have a fighting chance to win a championship. Without a salary cap, there will be fewer baseball followers in the smaller markets. - Luke Perkins, 13, Wilmington, Del.

As a third-generation baseball fan and player, I disagree strongly with Marvin Olasky that more rule tinkering will help save the game. The tinkering has all but ruined baseball's greatest asset: tradition. Every rule change breaks a link in the chain that allows baseball fans to compare today's feats with those of a century ago. - Stephen Stortz, Milton, Mass.

Another idea for more confrontation is to design some parks with outfields so deep that "over-the-fence" home runs would rarely be hit. Then pitchers would not think of giving a Bonds or a Sosa an intentional walk, and with such a change, a line drive double might become a triple, or an inside-the-park home run. - Tom Lamprecht, Greenville, N.C.

I think Mr. Olasky missed a couple of conflicts: the regular strikes (players vs. owners, players vs. fans, and owners vs. fans), and the team move threat (owners vs. fans). Baseball has become a club of spoiled millionaires subsidized by the taxpayers (we'll build you a new stadium if you'll please stay) for the benefit of another small group of other millionaire owners. - Tom Groleau, Benson, Ariz.

Field of dreams

Mr. Belz's comparison of free magazine subscriptions to affirmative action is faulty ("Playing favorites," June 21). It would be very gracious, but this is not how affirmative action works in practice. What would WORLD do if it could print only 5,000 copies per week? Reserve 500 issues for select minorities? And then inform some of your subscribers that they could no longer receive their issues? That would be patently unfair, but unfortunately this is how affirmative action works. My idea of affirmative action is to allow everyone to compete on an equal playing field. - Robert Carroll, Neptune, N.J.


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