Over the past few years, I often turned to your alternative weekly newspapers for cutting-edge investigative reporting of the highest caliber, which is why I was appalled after reading the recent "expose" on Dan Marino ("Chasing Danny," Sean Rowe, November 12). I have never been a football fan, nor do I follow the Miami Dolphins. Nevertheless I do subscribe to the philosophy that a "public figure" deserves, as does any member of our society, the right to live his or her life in private, free of malicious reporting such as that evidenced in your recent cover story.
Clever attempts to "raise" matters of gossip without attribution (e.g., Mr. Marino's family life) and present facts other than those directly related to his performance as a professional athlete have no place in your paper nor any other journalistic effort. In fact, one is hard-pressed to find one new fact uncovered by the reporter which would constitute a matter of pertinence or interest bearing on Mr. Marino's career. In the most favorable light, the article constituted a throwback to the days of yellow journalism. Rather than advance any particular theme, it was evidence of one reporter's jealousy and ill will toward another human being, who just happens to be gifted in the sense of being an outstanding athlete. Were the article written about any "non-public" persona, it would constitute actionable libel.
Conservation, or Genocide?
Regarding Kirk Nielsen's article "Net Loss" (October 29), the University of Miami's billfish research team deserves condemnation. They collected 120 newborn sailfish and swordfish this past summer. All died right away. They have been plucking babies from the water since 1956. Every single one died right away. Their large collection of dead larvae burned up in a fire. Tom Capo can't wait to start another expedition to gather more. Those will die right away also.
In other words, thousands of beautiful adult marlins, sailfish, and spearfish are not there owing to the bumbling activities of these conservationists. Someone stop them before, as in Vietnam, they destroy billfish in the name of saving them.
Let's Hear It For Well-Groomed and Handsome!
After reading Jay Cheshes' lengthy article on Commissioner Carlton Moore ("A Dream Deferred," October 8), I felt that the article described him as not being worth anything.
I see him as a determined young man who is proof to the old saying, "Once you don't succeed try again." Parents and schoolteachers tell our children to dream and aim high, instilling in them that they can accomplish whatever their desires in life are and to think positive. Carlton Moore's childhood dream was to be an entrepreneur. So he opened a business, but it crumbled. Do you think that stopped him? No it did not. He stood up, brushed his hands off, and tried again.
Mr. Cheshes' article attacks his endless efforts. It tried to send a negative message to my ten-year-old son that failure is a bad thing. If you don't succeed, give up and wallow in shame or people will talk about you and even put it in print for the community to read.
I sat my sweet, innocent, ten-year-old, black, adventurous son down and reversed all the negative damage I had read. I told him that Commissioner Carlton Moore was a risk-taker, intelligent, smart, and charismatic. He is an eloquent speaker who tries hard to make a difference. He is an inspiration and motivation to us all. And in addition to all of that, he is well-groomed and handsome. My son and I had a long discussion over this article. Then I balled it up and threw it into my fireplace.