Regarding the Feb. 3 Associated Press article “Goodell having trouble shedding Spygate controversy“: I would like to thank U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter (a Pennsylvania Republican) for his interest in keeping the National Football League free of rule-breakers. It’s nice to see our elected officials working so hard to improve the quality of sports.

I know these folks are busy, but here are some things I would like to see them tackle (forgive the pun) with the same zeal reserved for New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick and New York Yankees pitcher Roger Clemens.

First, there’s Iraq. The can of “whup-ass” President George W. Bush opened on Saddam Hussein has basically bankrupted America. Then there is the mass retirement of the baby boomer generation, who will not be shy about demanding their full allotment of Social Security payments. Finally, there is global warming. This one is serious: Believe me, sports are no fun under water; the ball doesn’t go very far or fast regardless of how drug-enhanced the athletes may be.

So, when our elected representatives get the chance, I hope they will look into these issues, too.

robert tsujimura