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I commend you for the report on race and swimming. It is heartening to see a magazine demonstrate how the racial wrongs of the past continue to affect lives in the present. Andrew Lawrence interwove history, statistics and personal experiences in a way that I hope will make more people look beyond racial stereotypes in sports and inspire them to lend a hand in equalizing opportunities at pools across the country.
Catherine Squires, St. Paul
Thanks to Franz Lidz for his excellent profile of Phillies slugger Jayson Werth (Get Out of My Hair!, Aug. 23). The outfielder was another great find by former general manager Pat Gillick. Because of Gillick's masterly wheeling and dealing, Philadelphia will be a strong franchise for years to come.
Matt Engel, Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
The essay on the loneliness of tennis really struck a chord with me (POINT AFTER, Aug. 23). When I watched my daughter play high school tennis, I was amazed at the courage it took for her to stand on the court. My wife taught me early on that, unlike with team sports, in tennis you do not cheer on your child at the top of your lungs. So I had to internalize my joys and sufferings ... what a sport!
Stephen S. Wolters, Houston
Selena Roberts contends that Americans are not succeeding at tennis due to the lonely nature of the professional sport. It is also possible that the success of players from other countries is due to their superior mental toughness. American children have gone through a decade or two in which the prevailing parental philosophy is that competition is bad for children and that losing damages their self-esteem. We can only hope that this notion does not extend to other aspects of our society, or we may have to say goodbye to old-fashioned American economic success.
James H. Gill