Letters: Just compare Vick with Polanski

I'VE HEARD many people say Michael Vick doesn't deserve a second chance. I believe he does, and here's why.

Two words: Roman Polanski.

Polanski was a brilliant director who made some of the most iconic films in cinema history. "Rosemary's Baby" and "Chinatown," just to name two. In 1977, he was arrested for a crime more heinous than what Vick did. He was charged with rape by use of drugs, sodomy, perversion, committing lewd and lascivious acts on a child under 14.

Did he go to jail? No. He hopped a jet and fled to France. He's been there ever since. Polanski has not stopped making movies and continues to work with Hollywood's top actors. In 2002, he created his masterpiece, "The Pianist," and went on to win an Oscar for best director.

Polanski never apologized, never served his time, went on with life as usual. I didn't see anyone protesting the Oscars the night he won. In fact, he received a standing ovation.

Vick accepted responsibility for what he did. He deserves his second chance. Polanski is a rapist and a coward who doesn't.

Salvatore DiSalvatore, Philadelphia

As a die-hard Eagles fan and avid animal lover, I'm disgusted. I don't believe Michael Vick is truly sorry for what he's done.

Briana Walsh, Southampton

What "Mr." Vick did was so far beyond normal people's behavior, it crosses into the unforgivable. I doubt I'm going to pay attention to the Eagles this year unless he does something I doubt he can do: start working tirelessly (to the point where his football career is no longer the No. 1 priority) to end dog mills, fights, breeding of these animals and turning them into fighting machines.

Joe Fuoco

Galloway, N.J.

Had the Bush administration known what Michael Vick was doing, he would've been invited to join their interrogation team.

Anthony D. Johnson


I GREW UP in Philly, and saw the Eagles play even before they were at the Vet.

I've returned my Eagles clothing and memorabilia to the Eagles. The sense of loathing and shame I would feel wearing these items is beyond description.

The Eagles are now the most despised franchise in professional sports. Even Jerry Jones wouldn't sink this low.

Tom Evans, Rifle, Colo.

Let those among you without sin be the first to cast a stone. I'm not even a practicing Christian, yet I believe in that. Vick served his debt to society based on the stipulations set forth by our judicial system - which is supposedly intended to rehabilitate, not simply punish.

Please don't let your personal feelings toward animals stand in the way of logic, reason and fairness. There are much more important and pressing matters you could be directing your disapproval toward.

Patrick King

Drexel Hill

The truth shall set Mumia free

To Michael Smerconish -

I have seen what you've written, and I want you to know that despite your cozy relationship with the racist prosecutor, there's no evidence that Mr. Abu-Jamal was ever in possession of the firearm that killed Officer Faulkner, and there is not one shred of proof that Mr. Abu-Jamal ever fired the gun that killed Officer Faulkner.

However, there are reams of evidence that the judge and D.A. conspired to railroad Mr. Abu-Jamal into the death cell he has been forced to occupy for decades, reams of evidence that show clearly that the man who did pull the trigger bragged about the deed, but was not compelled to testify to the fact because of the racist tactics of the Philadelphia court to deem that very evidence "untimely."

Uncover your eyes, clean out your ears, learn the truth that should set Mumia Abu-Jamal free. Get free, man.

Bradley C. Reid Holmes

Portland, Ore.