Dewayne Dedmon is a prime example of how emotional abuse can influence a child's development. We should all be thankful that this young man had the courage to escape an environment that threatened his ability to think independently and was able to resist falling prey to the lure of drugs and crime in order to follow the best master of all: his conscience.
Joe Walsh, Farmington, Conn.
Reading Chris Ballard's article (Dewayne Dedmon's Leap of Faith, Nov. 14) made me angry. I find it unfathomable that a mother would rather see her child struggle, with no education or career goals, than live his dreams and prosper. Parents are supposed to guide their children and support their positive endeavors, not hinder them. I hope Dedmon can continue to be strong and follow his passions.
Melissa Griffin, Romulus, Mich.
It seems Dedmon has intuitively figured out that following his faith does not mean he has to subjugate his joy for life. Basketball seems to exalt his zest for life. Gail Lewis's problem lies in her literal interpretation of the scripture, which only leaves her disappointed and disillusioned with her son and his goals. Obviously, Dedmon is much more grounded and mature than his mother gives him credit for.
Del R. Aube, Bedford, N.H.
Forgotten in the adoration of Magic Johnson's "beating" HIV (SCORECARD, Nov. 14) is the fact that he became HIV positive due to his own hubris. At the time of his announcement it was well known that unprotected sex was a huge factor in the explosive way in which HIV was spread, yet Johnson was still careless. While a spectacular player with a dynamic personality, Johnson's casual sexual behavior could have destroyed many lives.
Bert Bergen, Dana Point, Calif.
Ground and Pound