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June 27, 2011
Oh, the irony of NCAA football. In addition to revenue earned from football camps and speaking engagements, coaches like Jim Tressel can command a salary of $3.5 million per year. But the student-athletes, the ones who actually play the games, are prohibited from trading in their used, worn-out jerseys and team memorabilia for a little spending money.
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June 27, 2011


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Hartsdale, N.Y.

As a head and neck cancer survivor I want to thank Mr. Farber for his honest and revealing article on his cancer diagnosis. The road to being cancer-free is long and difficult. Armstrong has more than given back to cancer patients all over the world with his name, money and positive attitude. No matter what he may or may not have taken to aid his cycling abilities, winning the Tour de France seven times as a cancer survivor is unthinkable. He has shown all of us that you don't have to just sit on the sidelines and let cancer win.

Steve Nau, Danville, Calif.

Farber should remember that buying indulgences went out with the Reformation. Armstrong's good deeds and friendly demeanor should not outweigh his potential doping charges.

Jim Hansen, Fowler, Calif.

I was surprised to read the comment from Dr. Michael Hier about not recalling any nonmedical person having had as much of an impact on fund-raising and cancer awareness as Armstrong. In 1980, 21-year-old Canadian Terry Fox, who three years earlier was diagnosed with bone cancer and had his right leg amputated above the knee, ran across Canada to raise money for cancer research. Fox ran 3,339 miles over 143 consecutive days before the spread of his illness forced him to abandon his dream. Still, he raised more than $24 million before his death in 1981. The Terry Fox Run is now an annual event held in some 60 countries. To date it has raised more than $550 million for cancer research.

David Bannon, Toronto

Wounding Words

I thought Phil Taylor's column on gay bashing was great (POINT AFTER, June 6). Most athletes really don't care whether another athlete is gay. Instead, they look at his or her athletic abilities and will to win.

Don DeRoo, New York City

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