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March 21, 2005
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March 21, 2005


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Thank you for finally putting NASCAR on the cover (Feb. 28) again. Four covers in the last 10 years for the second most watched sport in America--that's unacceptable. --Michael LaZinsk, Longwood, Fla.

Congratulations to Jeff Gordon and the Hendrick Team on their Daytona 500 win (Bang-up Finish, Feb. 28). Their ability to overcome the tragic deaths of Ricky Hendrick and nine others in the Martinsville plane crash is a testament to the character and resiliency of the Hendrick organization. --Anthony Riggs, Timberlake, N.C.

Paul Barers

Your portrayal of Wake Forest point guard Chris Paul as a saintly superstar does not seem fitting (The Rise of Saint Paul, Feb. 28). As a big fan of ACC basketball, I fell in love with the kid immediately. He appeared to have it all--the complete game, the heart of a champion and a million-dollar smile--but the more I watched, the more I became disenchanted with his on-court behavior. Elbowing an opponent to the floor while chasing after a loose ball and shoving the ball into another player's face after a foul earned Paul technical fouls in two games against Duke this year. --Chuck Carver, Rutherfordton, N.C.

I was shocked on March 6 to watch on a nationally broadcast game as Chris Paul hit Julius Hodge of N.C. State in the groin with a closed fist. Wake Forest should be commended for suspending him for one game even though the referees either missed the cowardly act or chose to ignore it. In the future let's just refer to him not as Saint Paul but as plain old Chris Paul and hope that he conducts himself more appropriately both on and off the court. --W. Benjamin Hatcher, Fayetteville, N.C.

Germ Warfare

MRSA is a serious infection that is affecting more than just athletes (A Menace in the Locker Room, Feb. 28). Regular childhood infections are becoming resistant to multiple antibiotics at an alarming rate. I am a pediatrician, and many of the medicines we have often prescribed in the recent past are no longer effective against these mutating strains. Parents and patients need to become more educated about medicine-resistant bacteria and stop requesting antibiotics when they are not necessary. Physicians, in turn, need to become far more judicious in the use of these drugs. Only then can we stop driving the bacteria toward a future where no antibiotic will be effective in fighting them. --Dr. Jeffrey Bobrowitz, Chester, Va.

I am the head football coach at California Lutheran University, and a couple of years ago I was on the receiving end of a staph infection. In a matter of hours the infected area grew and grew and spread throughout my arm. I am lucky to only have lost a bursa sac. Thanks for publishing the story and helping me get a better understanding of what happened to me. Keep up the great work. Now go wash your hands. --Scott Squires, Thousand Oaks, Calif.

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