Fifth, Mr. Rizzuti has often held forth on the topic of inappropriate touching for months, and several newspaper clips bear this out. Nowhere does my story disparage Mr. Rizzuti's commitment to high school wrestling.

Yes, Courtney Barnett injured her elbow in a junior varsity match--rendered "meaningless" to Mr. Rizzuti, I assume, because his association was not there to officiate it. He makes a leap of logic and concludes that Barnett was injured because she wrestled a boy. But as I pointed out in the story, numerous boys were also nursing injuries going into regional and state competition. It's a rough sport. Had Barnett been allowed to wrestle an opponent equal in weight, it is possible she would have escaped injury altogether.

Finally, "stocky" is not generally considered--and was not meant as--a pejorative. During our discussion, Mr. Rizzuti identified his business as an "advertising and public relations agency."

Wrestling with progress
It came as no great shock to learn that it was "the good ol' boys" who are battling to prevent Courtney Barnett and other girls from being able to participate in high school sports ["Losing by decision," February 20].

If these "good ol' boys" had their way, we would still be a slave state with rigid segregation and with no woman allowed to vote. They would also have daily prayer and Bible study in public schools. This type of mentality resists any and all changes. It surprises me that they are riding in vehicles and not perched atop camels.

Dick Nelson

Thomas Korosec's recent article on Cheyenne Turner and the "Eclectic Viewpoint," was a case of such amateur journalism that it is likely to have a negative effect on prospective attendees ["They came from Plano," February 13].

Skepticism is always healthy, but the use of exaggeration--and a deliberate tendency to distort the facts--makes this one of the most pitiful attempts at journalism I have ever encountered.

To begin with, Korosec's assertion that this is the "wackiest" lecture group in Dallas immediately creates negative connotations. In light of Turner's advice to listen to her guests' information objectively, taking or rejecting it on the basis of personal beliefs, these connotations are unfounded.

Having personally attended Turner's lectures for two years, I have never noticed a "slightly higher-than-average number of white beards." In fact, the crowds who attend these lectures consist of all ages and backgrounds. This is an example of the way in which Korosec twists the facts in order to set his own agenda.

While Korosec gleefully lists the topics covered by recent speaker Stan Deyo--such as the Face on Mars--he neglects to mention that Deyo was in fact arguing against the case for an artifact on the planet's surface, as was the case with his theories on Hale-Bopp and (surprisingly enough) on cattle mutilations, all of which he claims have rational, earthbound explanations. Korosec conveniently forgot to mention this rational and scientific approach because it would detract from his moronic attempts to sneer at metaphysics and at theories beyond the paradigms of conventional science.

There is very little about Deyo that is "science fiction performance art," whatever that may be, and though some of his material is questionable, it in no way justifies the criticism which Korosec imparts. Most insulting of all, though, is Korosec's horrific attempts at humor. He just couldn't resist the opportunity to exploit an already tired form of comedy which relies on mocking ufology (done with much more class and humor by virtually anyone other than the aforementioned journalist.)

When his humor fails to strike a chord, Korosec's article becomes nothing more than smug, arrogant pulp. Attending a single lecture is hardly the best way to prepare a comprehensive, objective study of an organization, and while Korosec mentions the likes of Robert Bauval and Graham Hancock, he neglects to mention that they now work together, collaborating with John Anthony West to further new interpretations of Ancient Egyptian society. My advice to the editor: Give Korosec a lighter load, as he is obviously having trouble in trying to masquerade as a real journalist.

Charlie Gumbiner

Bully to you
Thanks for a most in-depth article regarding the Dallas school board meeting ["Bully power," January 30]. I've often thought what you experienced was what really went on. The Observer "told it like it is," evidently.

Your article was in the fine tradition of Laura Miller--that's my highest praise.

Richard Avery

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Thank you Holly Mullen. Don't know why I am just seeing this article! I was the female that stepped on the scale in 96-97 that caused the Officials to walk out at St. Mark. I had earned my spot on the Varsitiy team and our Coach was told that if he put his Varsity 125lb. competitor on the scale, the officials would walk. I was one of the girls that competed in the exhibition match in 95-96. And the next year, the TIWA staged a female State tournament. I remember weighing-in in the dark because the sun had not even come up and the building did not have lights on. In 97-98, the State Tournament was huge and in 98-99 the UIL took over. Now, Sam Houston High School in Arlinton, Texas have 66 girls on their team! They have no room for practices and have to share the small weight room with the rest of the athletes and P.E. classes and metal weight equipment. I know this is many years later, but Thank You for your great articles!