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Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.
I want to thank Ben Reiter for the great piece on Matt Kemp (Matt Kemp Is Just Killing It, Aug. 8). In a season full of turmoil he has become one of the Dodgers' few shining stars. Yes, there was some friction between Kemp and the coaching staff last year about his play and his image. But now he has come to understand his expected role, and his consistent play has helped to keep him out of the tabloids.
Tim Shullberg, Long Beach, Calif.
We can all feel sorry for Pete Rose (POINT AFTER, Aug. 8), but that doesn't change the facts about his betting on baseball. He broke the game's ultimate rule, the one posted in every major and minor league clubhouse, which clearly states that betting on baseball will not be tolerated. Some sins are just too egregious to be swept under the rug.
Phil Taylor's column was right on target. Rose has done so much for baseball that it's time to forgive his transgressions and let him back in the game. There are those who have used banned substances or who have criminal records, but they haven't been banned for life. I think they've done more harm to our national pastime than Pete Rose.
John Anello, Palm City, Fla.