• Young men like Kitam Hamm are such a rare find these days. Here is a kid who, despite the odds stacked against him, is determined to fight and succeed. He is proof that there is no stopping anyone who puts his mind to accomplishing his goals in life. Kitam's parents deserve continued praise for keeping him on the right path.
Jason Herrera, Azusa, Calif.
Your article on Kitam (Straight Outta Compton, Dec. 5) is an inspiration and should be given to every parent living in gang-infested communities. Mr. and Mrs. Hamm are examples of parents who get involved and refuse to let their children give in to the pressures of gangs and other negative influences.
Stevenson Ranch, Calif.
I am a junior at a private high school in New York City. I have no affiliation with gang violence and have no reason to fear it in my community. Nevertheless, your article struck a chord with me. Until now I've coasted through life, putting minimal effort into school. After reading about Kitam's difficult journey, I realized that not to put forth a maximum effort is a waste.
Harrison Scheiner, Bronx, N.Y.
Your article reminded me of just how much some of us take for granted. I could not imagine my kids having to wake up every day and worry about what clothes to wear to school because their lives depended on it. Hats off to the Hamm family for the way in which they have persevered in spite of the unthinkable circumstances in their neighborhood.