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Erica Blasberg's sad tale is emblematic of the tragic stories of many athletes. While most don't commit suicide, after years of unhealthy behavior many seem to die younger than the average person.
Warren W. Wilson, Lincoln, Neb.
A father's responsibility is to nurture, protect and love his children, and in this respect Erica's father failed her miserably (The Mystery of Erica Blasberg, Dec. 13). Dr. Tom Hess will also have to live knowing that he violated his medical oath in regards to a very vulnerable young patient.
James A. Robertson, Athens, Ga.
Dr. Hess has been my physician and friend for almost 15 years. I have never had a more caring physician, nor have I seen a finer man in the community. If Mel Blasberg needs to find a villain in this tragedy, he should look in the mirror to see the man who turned a child's pleasure into a life of struggle, pain and despair.
Rick Howe, Las Vegas
Mel Blasberg believes girls don't know how to compete? What planet is he from? Certainly not one with the likes of Billie Jean King or Danica Patrick.
Patti Rutka, Saco, Maine
Who knows, maybe Brett Favre shouldn't have returned this season (A Long, Painful Farewell, Dec. 13). However, I'm sure I am not the only Vikings fan who is happy that he did, just for a shot at the sort of success that he brought to Minnesota last year.