While reading about the senseless murder of Cherica Adams, I couldn't help but focus on how much of a monster Rae Carruth is. Surprisingly Cherica's mom, Saundra, doesn't seem to dwell on Carruth's deadly deeds. So why then should I? Saundra's willingness to forgive Carruth and turn her attention to the beautiful grandson that he helped produce, rather than the daughter that he helped take away, is truly inspiring.
Chris Vanderbeek, St. Louis
Thomas Lake's story on Carruth and his victims (The Boy They Couldn't Kill) left me with mixed emotions. While Saundra's dedication to her grandson made me smile, Carruth's statement that he felt guilty about none of what happened that fateful night made me furious, and the fact that Chancellor may someday have to interact with his father made me cry.
Allison Brammer, Minneapolis
Back in the Day
As a longtime Browns and Ravens fan, I was sorry to hear about the death of the team's owner, Art Modell (SCORECARD), but I was especially fascinated by the photo you used for his obituary. I'm guessing it's from the early 1960s. I can't imagine a modern-day NFL team holding training camp on a small neighborhood field like the one in the photo. Oh, how the world has changed.
Steve Watson, Lynnfield, Mass.
In Praise of Chipper
I thoroughly enjoyed the Chipper Jones essay (POINT AFTER). With this being his last season with the Braves, baseball is losing not only a great player but also a great role model. Jones played the game the right way for his entire 19-year career and was never afraid to speak candidly about the mistakes that he made. He will surely be missed.