Shortly, there will be two statues unveiled outside MLB ballparks. One is in Cincinnati where the Reds will honor Pete Rose who has been banned for life from this great game for gambling on baseball games. The other is in Miami, where the Marlins will honor Jose Fernandez, who was drunk (.147 BAC) and had cocaine in his system when he invited two of his friends on his boat early one morning. That boat trip resulted in the three of them being killed when Fernandez steered the boat to crash.
What are the messages we are giving to the youth of America honoring these two individuals? That it is okay for you to gamble, lie about it and never admit what you did was wrong and that it is okay to get into a boat, drive it while drugged and drunk and take the lives of two friends?
As Simon and Garfunkel asked so many years ago: “Where have you gone Joe DiMaggio?”
— Peter Foley, Fountain Valley
A warming planet
Re: “It’s too hot for some planes to fly in Phoenix” [News, June 21]: Extreme heat causing flight cancellations clearly demonstrates the impacts of a warming planet to aviation. There are solutions to mitigate risks of climate change. Putting a price on carbon with all money going back to American households as a rebate would ensure we transition faster to a renewable energy economy.
— Amir Baum, Aliso Viejo
Put up or shut up
The question that continues to be asked by those opposing the latest Senate health care bill is what is it that the American people want? Perhaps we are entitled to the same health care plan that is given to members of Congress and paid for by the American people. Members of Congress should be given the same coverage as would be offered by this bill. If this new replacement bill is as good as Sen. Mitch McConnell claims it is why aren’t our elected officials also in this plan?
— Edward A. Sussman, Fountain Valley
A hand up, not a hand out
Re: “GOP bill would be ‘devastating’” [News, June 23]: The headline should be, “Half of all children in…