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Letters to the editor: Fennelly column on Winston way off base

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Fennelly off base

Regarding “An uneasy Heisman handoff” (Front page, Dec. 15): I was always of the understanding that one was innocent until proven guilty. But apparently there is a caveat to that maxim that says, “unless a member of the press feels otherwise.” After all of the months of suspicion, investigations and conclusion that Jameis Winston should not be charged, Tribune columnist Martin Fennelly has decided otherwise. After the premier day of this young man’s life, the awarding of the prestigious Heisman Trophy as the outstanding football player in the nation, Fennelly wants to include an asterisk on the honor.

I find it interesting how Fennelly has this special knowledge of the inner working’s of the investigation to write, “...even with the absence of charges, we know that something happened that, at the very least, in no way flatters the 2013 winner of this trophy, which in its job title, is awarded annually to the college player whose performance best exhibits the pursuit of excellence with integrity.” What gives Mr. Fennelly the right to be judge, jury, and executioner?

John Osterweil

Tampa

Review FSU case

Thank you Martin Fennelly for having the intestinal fortitude to write your column. I share the same sentiments, as well as many others who didn’t cheer on FSU quarterback Jameis Winston’s acceptance of the Heisman award. I understand that the Heisman isn’t awarded for character or academics, so be it. Winston should have thanked the Tallahassee Police Department and the state attorney’s office for protecting him from being sacked behind the line of scrimmage. The police covered his back all the way and decided the accuser wanted to be sexually assaulted. I hope Attorney General Pam Bondi has the same guts Fennelly has and throws out the red flag to review the case independently.

Ray Brown

Tampa

Congrats, Jameis

I am confused as to why Martin Fennelly has a dilemma as to whether on not to cheer. Jameis Winston is the youngest ever Heisman Trophy winner, winning with 668 first-place votes after having been cleared of any charges in the sexual assault case that could have ended his career and changed his life forever. I am confused as to why the column goes on to talk about the many Heisman Trophy winners that have gone on to end up in prison. And I am especially confused as to why he wonders if Winston “will become a very great person.” As for me, I have no dilemma. I had an easy time standing up and cheering Saturday night — congratulations Jameis Winston on your Heisman Trophy!

Mary Ellen Ignatius

Valrico

Prize-worthy column

I would like to nominate Martin Fennelly for a Pulitzer Prize in one of two categories. The first category is “Speculative Journalism.” The second would be, “Ignoring a Fundamental Right of Innocence Until Proven Guilty.” If people voted against another person based on rumor and innuendo, John McCain would be president since according to rumor and innuendo President Obama was not born in the United States and therefore ineligible to be elected. Perhaps Fennelly’s best hope would be a prize in fiction.

Joe Gonzales

Tampa

Twerking to fame

Fifty years ago, many folks thought of the Beatles as outrageous. At the time, their hair was long and shaggy. Although looking back, it actually looks short by today’s standards. And what about Twiggy? In the meantime, the young and “hot” Miley Cyrus is twerking, jiggling and jangling all the way to the bank. Folks are watching her every move and anything she does makes news. In my opinion, it’s incredibly ingenious. Cyrus is in the spotlight — exactly where she wants to be. Nevertheless, 50 years from now my hunch is that, comparatively speaking, Cyrus’ antics will be much ado about nothing. Some young newbie with a fresh twist will be the next talk of the town.

JoAnn Lee Frank

Clearwater

Trade school value

I graduated high school in 1968 in New York state, and we had two diplomas. One was for students tested high enough to go to collage, the other was a diploma which after two years of basic English and math and social studies the students were tested for aptitude and interest in a trade. These students went to trade schools to be mechanics, carpenters, plumbing, cosmetology and chef school. They had a much better chance at apprentice jobs than students today.

J. Salzler

Land O’ Lakes

Sports vs. news

I am having a very difficult time understanding the headlines in the Tribune of the past week or so.

They all relate to sports, not news. There is a sports section where this should be placed. Unless a player does something extraordinary off the field, then it might rate the news pages. But I really don’t think any of them are capable of that type of news.

David Bramuchi

Dade City

No role model

People are losing their homes, trying to have money to buy food, keep their lights on and pay their water bills. But poor Robinson Cano, the former New York Yankee, is disrespected because he was offered $25 million a year for seven years. My heart really bleeds for this jerk.

Charles Bridges

Tampa

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