Thank you for the story about the sacrifice that one individual and his family have made so that all Americans can enjoy the freedom and prosperity that we have today. Too often we take our blessings for granted. Lieut. Andrew Ferrara, I salute you on your decision to follow your brothers into the infantry.
Fred Trafton, Las Cruces, N.M.
David Epstein captured the essence of selfless service in his article about Army track star Andrew Ferrara (Spikes on the Ground, May 31). It has been more than 20 years since I wore cadet gray and competed for West Point, but there has not been a day since that I have not applied the lessons learned during that time. Lieut. Ferrara's education and training at West Point have already taught him that it's not all about him—a lesson that many of today's pro athletes would do well to learn.
Charles Kibler Jr.
Getting The Point
The story about Rajon Rondo (Beware Boston's Big 4, May 31) stated, "The Celtics haven't had such a flamboyant point guard since 1963, when Bob Cousy said farewell." I would add Nate (Tiny) Archibald to that mix. Archibald's 1981 playoff stats for 17 games (15.6 points and 6.3 assists) are comparable to Rondo's in 2010 through 21 (16.0 and 9.5) and Cousy's for 13 in 1963 (14.1 and 8.9). Although Archibald was a prolific scorer, he was asked by Red Auerbach to give up some points to direct the team to the title. And he did so flamboyantly.
Robert Skelton, Yorktown, Va.
The Rondo cover reminded me why I love the NBA. The Celtics guard's dominance in the playoffs can be credited to his athleticism as well as his ability to dribble the ball above his head without being whistled for a turnover.
Edward Cronin, Nashville