Your Letters: Kennedy, Baseball Ticket Prices

Host Scott Simon reads listener letters about our coverage of the funeral services for Sen. Edward Kennedy and the rising tickets prices for professional baseball games.

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SCOTT SIMON, host:

Time now for your letters.

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SIMON: We bade farewell last week to Massachusetts Senator Ted Kennedy, including coverage of his funeral Mass in Boston. Rosalia Trillana(ph) of Espanola, New Mexico, was listening and said she thought our coverage was moving and meaningful.

But John Griffin of Liberty, North Carolina, wrote: When I was a kid, Ted Kennedy was the biggest joke in Congress. He was called a drunk, a womanizer. He was in the news a lot, between marital blowouts with his first wife, his flings here and there, and his drunken rampages from Massachusetts to Florida. Now he has died. God bless him and his family, but does he really deserve to be canonized?

Clair West(ph) of Phoenix, Arizona, was also disappointed by our coverage. She writes: Through three expert commentaries, I waited to learn something I did not already know. Each analyst told me the same things. Why just gloss over the life of this man? Did you think we listeners couldn't handle anything deeper?

Conversation about the sky-high ticket prices for pro baseball games prompted Joe Nolan of Palm Desert, California, to write in and say that at some stadiums, deals can still be found. He says that he scored tickets to an Angels game the other night; the tickets were $9 in a left field pavilion about 10 rows back from a low fence, beautiful view. Of course, there are $200 and $400 and even higher ticket cost seats, but those are for the fat cats.

Finally, many listeners enjoyed our conversation with Buffy Sainte-Marie. Ed Countryman(ph) of Dallas, Texas, says that her performance was intense and magical. Hearing her do "Universal Soldier" and talk about "Until It's Time for You to Go" brought it all back.

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