In his (Aug. 27) commentary, "A Mideast war we should avoid," Tribune columnist Steve Chapman attempts to make the case for a wait-and-see approach by the U.S. in dealing with the Islamic State. Do nothing and see more beheadings like that of journalist James Foley. Do nothing and see the indiscriminate murder of hundreds of more people. Do nothing and hear about the horrific treatment of captured women. Do nothing to a savage group that has declared its desire to destroy the U.S. Doing nothing is essentially unthinkable. We should be very worried about ISIS.
There have been 106 Cy Young Award winners. Nine of them were relief pitchers. Of the 97 starters, 72 of them, or 74.2%, won at least 20 games. This gives the lie to David Fryman's oft-repeated claim that winning 20 games is irrelevant (or at least unimportant) to a pitcher's status as excellent. In fact, 20 victories has long been the standard of excellence for a starting pitcher. That few of today's starting pitchers (such as Seven-Inning Felix) seldom if ever reach it attests to their mediocrity and wimpiness.
The circus is over. Had this man chosen to be a football player first and a homosexual second, rather than the other way around, nobody would have heard a word about him. Moral of the story: Keep your sexual proclivities private. Nobody wants to hear about them; nobody needs to hear about them.
So let's see now. I'm planning a birthday party for my 9-year-old and friends . . . maybe a backyard barbecue, visit to a museum or playground, or movie matinee? No, I think I'll take my child to a place called Bullets and Burgers and give the kids the delightful opportunity to shoot a semi-automatic assault weapon.
What a wonderful idea. I have another wonderful idea. How about arresting these brain-dead parents for child endangerment?
Al Comolli, Millbrae
Note from KBJ: I have a wonderful idea. Let's allow Al Comolli to raise our children for us! He obviously knows better than we do what's best for them.
Not only is Seven-Inning Felix not helping his team; he's hurting his team. Yesterday, for example, with his team fighting for a wild-card spot, he blew a 2-1 lead, giving up four home runs (and a total of five runs) to the Washington Nationals. His team lost the game, 8-3. Seven-Inning Felix pitched—you guessed it—seven innings. He had to leave the game early because he threw 103 pitches to get 21 outs. Inefficiency leads to inability to complete what you start. How can you be considered a good pitcher, much less an excellent one, if you're inefficient to the point of incompetency?
Seven-Inning Felix, now 13-5 on the year, is on pace for 15.3 victories, and his team is on pace to miss the playoffs. He has never won 20 games and he has never played in the postseason. Some things never change. Apologies for Seven-Inning Felix by David Fryman and Ray Stahl in 10, 9, 8, . . .
(By the way, how would you like to be paying this dud all the millions he earns? Pitchers are paid to win games and to lead their teams to the playoffs. Seven-Inning Felix is supposed to be the team's ace, the pitcher the team can count on when a victory is essential. He doesn't care about leading his team to the playoffs. He's laughing all the way to the bank.)
Yesterday evening, Katherine and I watched Little Big Horn [sic]: The Untold Story (1999), which aired originally on A&E Television Network. I bought the DVD recently, hoping for an honest history of the battle. Ha! The "documentary" is anything but. It's a hatchet job on George Armstrong Custer.
Why do people feel compelled to judge the characters of the past? I don't get it. What's done is done. Nothing we can do can change it. I'm interested in the battle as a battle. What happened, and why? Why did Custer divide his command in three? Where exactly did he go, and why? I have no problem with Indian accounts of the movements; indeed, this is essential if we are to get the full story. But there is no need to cast aspersions on Custer's motives or character. The Indians were hardly perfect. In fact, the Sioux were encamped on Crow lands at the time of the battle!
This is a bad piece of work, made by someone with an ax to grind. Stay clear of it.
Re “Quackery and Abortion Rights” (editorial, Aug. 21): Women in this country should not be fooled into thinking that efforts to restrict access to abortion and reproductive health services are a Texas problem or a “Southern” problem. In fact, there have been several moves to pass federal “personhood” bills by conservative House members.
Most recently, in the 112th Congress, H.R. 374 was proposed, which said that life begins at fertilization, making abortion virtually illegal, as well as virtually outlawing birth control pills, the IUD and the morning-after pill. Representatives Christopher Smith and Scott Garrett of New Jersey and Michael Grimm of New York were the bill’s co-sponsors.
If ever a midterm election were important on the issue of women’s reproductive rights, this November is it. If Republicans take the Senate as well as the House, access to women’s reproductive health services will not be just a Texas problem, but also a national one.