For every story about someone such as Saints quarterback Drew Brees, who has dedicated himself to helping rebuild New Orleans, there are at least two about athletes like Gilbert Arenas and Mark McGwire. How I wish it were the other way around.
Sue McDonald Doron, Zionsville, Ind.
As a graduate of the New Orleans public school system, I was overcome with emotion after reading the article about Brees (The Heart of New Orleans, Jan. 18). I remember not having enough textbooks, limited sports and other activities, and no marching band—and this was 25 years before Katrina. Brees is doing what no politician has ever done for New Orleans. Win or lose, he is truly a Saint.
Scott E. Kalassay
La Habra, Calif.
Americans respond quickly to a crisis, such as the one in Haiti, but I wonder how many people will still be helping five years from now? People like Brees see the big picture. He's in New Orleans for the long haul, and that makes all the difference.
Bill Cornish, Saginaw, Mich.
Ready to Roll?
Alabama (Staying Power, Jan. 18) has many star players coming back and Nick Saban has not jumped ship (yet), but let's see the Crimson Tide string together multiple BCS championships before anointing them the next dynasty.
Jon Lested, Glendora, Calif.