In its own way Robert Cantwell's piece (The River That Will Flow Forever, July 17) ranks with Hemingway's own famous story about the Two Hearted.
PATRICK A. NUTT
Kennett Square, Pa.
Cantwell is to be congratulated on capturing every part of the Two Hearted River in exact detail. I have just completed a canoe trip down its entire length and have found only a small flaw in his story. My partner and I did see a mink.
South Bend, Ind.
I wonder how many of your readers were prompted to go and find the story of Big Two-Hearted River to read the original.
HELEN S. DURPHEY
Of all the reading I've done in over 60 years Not-so-mad Doctor and His Living Lab (July 24) is the most unadulterated hog-wash I've ever run into.
EDWARD H. CLARK
The piece about Dr. Dichter admirably illustrates how ridiculous psychology can become when misused.
The National Boxing Association appreciates your SCORECARD article (July 17) exposing the facts covering the reason for the McNeeley-Patterson exhibition. However, you stated "It is perfectly obvious to everyone but an NBA commissioner that the proposed McNeeley fight is intended only to keep Patterson in action while not unduly risking his title." I assure you it is obvious even to an NBA commissioner.
There are many people involved in a championship fight and I assure you any one of them would like to have the opportunity to earn enough money so they could pay more taxes. As far as Patterson and the tax situation is concerned if he, and all the other top money earners in boxing, would do as the NBA suggested four years ago, give the government a just share of their purse at the time of the fight, as our companies deduct for Uncle Sam from you and I, Patterson would not have no trouble with his taxes and may even get a refund.
In conclusion—what about the Public—isn't the public entitled to a fair value for the money they pay for a seat?
The responsibility of every commission is to only approve bouts that are evenly matched.
The athlete you pictured putting the shot in the Moscow meet admittedly is "huge," but he is neither 18 years old nor Gary Gubner (The High Meet the Mighty, July 24). I believe that a check will prove him to be 24-year-old Jay Silvester, an Army first lieutenant stationed at Fort Ord, Calif., who placed second behind Gubner in Moscow.
COLONEL JARDEN I. LEWIS
Special Services, USA