Remembering Ernie Banks

I was very sorry to hear of the passing of baseball Hall of Famer and “Mr. Cub” Ernie Banks. I had the privilege of meeting Mr. Banks when I was 12 years old and playing for Grosse Pointe in the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa., in 1979. He was the master of ceremonies during the final game that year and it was truly a pleasure to talk to him and see his true love for the game of baseball. I’m sure that when he entered the Pearly Gates the first thing he said was, “Let’s play two!”

Mike Walkowiak, Grosse Pointe Farms

Kinder, gentler News needed

In his Jan. 20 Editor’s Note, “‘Recorded’ history a very slim slice,” Nolan Finley applied a term of contempt, “Henny Pennys,” to those who are concerned that anthropogenic climate change will cause, or is causing, great trauma to the human race. While Mr. Finley has the right to deny climate change trends, I see a different trend in The Detroit News: research studies confirming climate change appear in a science section, while those denying climate change do so from the editorial section, attacking the character and motives of researchers, rather than performing their own research. Character attacks signal that one has switched from “attacking the issue” to “attacking the person.”

Given that thousands of people in the state read media editorials, and have a tendency to “record and playback” the content (myself included), Mr. Finley’s name calling will likely be propagated. While a person hearing this can choose not to take offense, I believe the general effect is that it causes suffering. Am I wrong to hope for information and insight rather than name calling when I read The Detroit News?

Robert Trescott, Hartland Twp.

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