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Last Sun­day, I asked read­ers to share their views about what they think the Red­skins should do in the NFL draft April 28-29. Those views — and some wails about the Na­tion­als’ ridicu­lously aw­ful start — fol­low.

The Red­skins need to fo­cus on de­fense. Gaines Adams from Clem­son would be a good place to start. Got to get some heat in that pass rush. Brian Thomas, Nor­cross, Ga. The Red­skins could use a good de­fen­sive line­man such as Adams, or an of­fen­sive line­man. But who knows what they’ll do. They seem to be in­ter­view­ing ev­ery­one likely to be cho­sen in the first round. It’s as if they’re a firm of head­hunters look­ing to place MBA in­terns. What to do on draft day? Avoid use of the words “trad­ing up” or “trad­ing down.” Tell Vinny Cer­rato that the draft is on May 5. Don’t be daz­zled by any QB. Think de­fen­sive line. Mal­colm Wil­son, Wheaton I agree with you re­gard­ing the need for the Red­skins to up­grade their de­fen­sive line. But some­times the Red­skins look to make a splash in­stead of fill­ing a need.

The Nats can’t hit, have a ter­ri­ble ERA and have lost key play­ers to in­jury. Not a pre­scrip­tion for op­ti­mism, but I grew up with the Sen­a­tors. I know fu­til­ity. Dan Bar­nett, Gaithers­burg Dan, this base­ball sea­son will likely try even your pa­tience.

On a na­tional TV show, the Nats were re­ferred to as a Class AA mi­nor league team. I think that is a lit­tle op­ti­mistic. Three years ago, there was ex­cite­ment and joy at hav­ing a team of en­thu­si­as­tic over­achiev­ers. What do we have now? I wax nos­tal­gic about the Bud Selig years. Glenn Gold­stein, Fair­fax I also miss the ex­cite­ment of that first year. I un­der­stand the need to re­vamp the front of­fice, scout­ing de­part­ment and mi­nor league sys­tem. But at the ex­pense of a sea­son?

Can you of­fer Na­tion­als fans a ray of hope? Please tell us there will be open bid­ding and that Ara­mark will not be the food ser­vice provider next year. Maybe the Na­tion­als should take a page from the Dodgers’ play­book and out­source the food them­selves. Carolyn L. Wheeler, Wash­ing­ton When the Na­tion­als move into their new sta­dium in 2008, I’m sure they’ll be bet­ter equipped to do a bet­ter job of food ser­vice. The open­ing game was a dis­as­ter, food-wise and base­ball-wise. Things can only im­prove.

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