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At a time when the nation is witnessing record home foreclosures and millions can't even find minimum-wage jobs, isn't the impending NFL labor battle (The Gathering Storm, Oct. 18) pitting millionaires against billionaires, well, obscene?
Jim Wilken, Marion, N.C.
While the NFL and the players battle over how to divvy up billions of dollars, Hall of Famer Leroy Kelly is receiving a monthly pension of $176. That's greed and arrogance taken to a new level, with enough shame to go around on both sides.
Bob Southard, Salem, Va.
The story on Jim and John Harbaugh shows how good parents "grow" great children (Beat, Play, Love, Oct. 18). Life is a game, and it is all about winning, so you should never settle for less. There should be no such thing as "good enough." These two brothers' lives prove that.
Donna J. Smith, Indianapolis
Thank you for including in this story the lament of Jim and John's mother, Jackie, about the educational establishment's seeming commitment to mediocrity. As an educator with 35 years of experience teaching high school and college, I feel that her assessment is correct. De-emphasis of SAT scores and other exams, along with grade inflation, are indications that the race to mediocrity is accelerating.
Marc Rubin, Greenville, N.H.