I am a high school assistant principal who works with all kinds of kids who are products of all kinds of circumstances. It never surprises me that some kids turn out so messed up when you look at their situations. What constantly amazes me, however, is that some kids can turn out to be so great in spite of the conditions in which they are raised. Daniel Huffman is the type of kid who makes it worth going to work every day.
JOHN GEBERT, Everett, Wash.
Who can think of a more selfless act than giving up an organ to help someone else to live? And that this decision was made by a 17-year-old young man not yet out of high school is all the more astonishing.
JOHN CHIUMENTO, Norfolk, Va.
I can understand a father's frustration at seeing his son being battered on the football field, but to sharpen the buckles on a helmet to purposely inflict injury on other players is disgusting (SCORECARD, Nov. 4). That father didn't want to see his own kid hurt, but he had no problem making sure someone else's was.
KENNY CONLON, Towaco, N.J.
I was a fervent nine-year-old Yankees fan when Hank Bauer was on your July 22, 1957, cover (CATCHING UP WITH..., Oct. 28). I wore number 9 on my Little League uniform and tried my best to emulate Bauer's "clenched fist" visage. Bauer and I retired our gloves the same year, 1961.
In recent years I have had the privilege of co-chairing the Franciscan Health Care System's annual golf tournament with Hank and his buddy and fellow former Yankee Moose Skowron. Bauer, that tough old Marine, also has a velvet heart. I le is generous with his time, humor and memories. Thanks to Hank and Moose, many people in need are receiving, at no charge, some of the best health care available. (Sorry to soften your image. Hank.)
JOHN J. NUNZIATA, Ramsey, N.J.