On Father's Day at Oriole Park, I received as a free gift a men's toiletries bag. What I really needed was a pair of ear plugs. The management at the Yard tries hard to be friendly and health conscious. But at the same time several hours at the Yard can cause damage to one's hearing from the never-ending blasting music. Please, Orioles, turn the volume down three or four notches.

And while you're doing that, quit telling fans to vote for their All-Star game nominees as often as they can. What kind of example is that to set? Aren't you engaging in a corruption of the American ideal of one person one vote? Orioles, you're being rotten citizens when you urge fans to disregard honesty and fairness and get their favorites to the game any way they can. Cut it out!

My friend and I arrived at the Yard about noon, and we were shocked to find the event lights atop the stadium fully ablaze. The day was overcast, but so what? Lighting is not needed just because there are clouds in the sky. With your game-lighting policy you are setting another terrible example. Wastefulness! Because the Orioles do it, Towson University, among other schools, feels no constraint about lighting its stadium in broad daylight. Orioles, hold off with the lights until they're needed.

Paul Marx, Towson