Volume 94, Issue 68

Wednesday, January 24, 2001


OPINIONS

Letters to the Editor

Something's rotten in Denmark

Capitalize on youth

Letters to the Editor

Reader vs. Gazette Sports


Re: Mario Lemieux needs a reality check, Jan. 16.

To the Editor:

I have stood by for the past four years, as your writers have stated their opinions on professional sport. Some of my favorites, include your take on Roger Clemens signing with the Blue Jays, saying it was a big mistake (he won two Cy Young awards with the team), and the prediction of the Atlanta Braves winning the 2000 World Series – good call!

After the column on Mario Lemieux by Jessica Leeder, I was compelled to write. Her hero-phobia sickens me. In her column she says Mario thinks the world of hockey revolves around him. She even suggests the world is not better off since his return.

He is arguably the greatest player in the game ever. And yes, the world is better off since his return. He has positively energized a franchise, a sport, a city, and even a country.

He left hockey to spend more time with his family and to allow his body to recover from cancer and the relentless pounding he took on the ice. I know this because I attended many Penguin games. At times, it seemed to me that he was so injured that he couldn't even tie his own skates, but he still played because most players in the National Hockey League have only a fraction of his talent.

Mario was right – the officiating three years ago was bad when the trap, clutch and grab tactics were at their peak.

Look at the stats. Could it be a coincidence that before this, the points champions had totals in the high hundreds, where now, we're lucky to see five people break the 100-point barrier?

Leeder said Mario was quoted as saying the officiating standards have been "starting to slip" over the last three years.

Wrong again! Mario said before his retirement the officiating was bad, but has improved significantly since. I suggest Ms. Leeder get some facts straight before she reports on a subject she obviously has no educated opinion on.

James Masters
Geology IV




WWF is trash TV - but reader loves it


Re: The WWF – epic drama or just trash TV? Jan. 12.

To the Editor:

To the average World Wrestling Federation fan, please call it for what it is.

The WWF is not good, clean fun. It's dirty, mud slinging, garbage fun. I enjoy watching the WWF as much as the next guy, but you can't deny that it's a dirty business.

From the occasional crack about the 'lower extremities' to the annoying Jerry Lawler who keeps drooling over 'puppies' to 'evening gown' matches.

The press did not tell Owen Hart to perform that crazy stunt. I'd have to think his boss told him to do it. It is unfortunate that it happened but wrestlers are like stuntmen. They risk their lives and their bodies all the time, so in that way I wouldn't say the WWF is evil. They are just doing their jobs and are trying to give people what they want.

Kids are watching and do pick up messages. It's reality, whether parents should do the censoring or not. That's the price we pay for entertainment.

Don't get me wrong; I believe wrestling is entertaining. Sometimes it's humorous and, more often than not, it's morally decadent. I don't like the negatives of the business, but overall, I'm just watching it to be entertained.

Viet Nguyen
Science I




A look into the reality of student government


Re: Students won't get VP elections vote, Jan. 19.

To the Editor:

It is with great interest that I read the article regarding the election of University Students' Council vice-presidents. In principle, I support the motion presented to council regarding students voting directly for their USC VPs. As a believer in democracy and the political process, it is a truism that elections are the backbone of the democratic process.

This is also a means that results in increased public education and awareness. In my opinion, the electorate evaluates each candidate and makes an informed decision as to the suitability of that person to hold elected office.

But in practice, in a system such as the USC, it is not logistically feasible to have VPs elected directly by students at-large. The very nature of the Canadian democracy is that the population elects representatives, which in turn go on to make a number of decisions that they believe are in the best interests of their constituents.

The role of elected representatives is really to act as trustees for their constituents. Literature indicates that the election of Members of Parliament is a testament to the authority vested in them by the electorate.

This is analogous to the situation faced by the USC in terms of electing VPs to carry out the day-to-day operations of Western's student government.

It is a matter of expediency, not a matter of exclusion.

The students of Western can be assured that councils of the past and councils of the future will work their hardest to include students in every aspect of the process and to ensure sound student government.

Victoria Hollick
USC Social Science Councillor
Economics II





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