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Michael Rosenberg's story on Paralympic rowers Rob Jones and Oksana Masters was one of the most moving I have ever read. After the horrific treatment Masters received in an orphanage in Ukraine, the fact that she is alive and can function normally is impressive enough—that she is excelling in her sport is absolutely remarkable. I am humbled by them both.
Scott Ross, Wexford, Pa.
As a bilateral above-the-knee amputee for 18 years, I recognized myself in the struggles and triumphs of Jones and Masters (The Marine and the Orphan). I took exception, however, to the use of the term phantom pain in your story on these great Paralympians. Phantom pain is a very real physical sensation, often debilitating and searing in its intensity. To diminish its existence by using it as a metaphor does a disservice to amputees who strive daily to overcome their disability.
Patty Kolb, Carlsbad, Calif.
Blast from the Past
The haunting cover shot of Mike Trout conjures up the robust menace of Hack Wilson and the serene intensity of Mel Ott. Trout's sinewy, gloveless hands are reminiscent of Honus Wagner and his jawline of Ty Cobb. THE SUPERNATURAL? A better billing would have been The Throwback.
Jeffrey K. Tesch, Wyoming, Ohio
New Day in State College
As a proud Penn State graduate who has dedicated three decades to the diplomatic work of the State Department, I found the title of your article on Penn State (Present at the Re-creation)—which harkens back to the title of Secretary of State Dean Acheson's Pulitzer Prize--winning memoir—to be personally and powerfully prophetic. Indeed, another of Acheson's astute formulations seems relevant to the Nittany Lions: "If we learn the art of yielding what must be yielded to the changing present, we can save the best of the past."