Like your editorial of Aug. 9, I too applaud the accomplishments of Mark McGwire. I do not, however, care for your casual dismissal of his use of the performance enhancing drug, androstendione. True, it is currently legal, and yes, McGwire has stated that it has helped him recover from injury, but that does not make it right. The NCAA, International Olympic Committee and the National Football League have all banned the substance.

Since the revelation that McGwire uses androstendione, its sale has skyrocketed. Unfortunately, the primary consumers of this drug are adolescents, who, in their quest to mimic a hero, may seriously injure their own health. I applaud Mark McGwire, but I deplore his "end justifies the means" use of a performance-enhancing drug.Phil Rodgers