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May 27, 2013
I want to thank Thomas Lake for his feature on athletes who drive under the influence. Too many of us average Joes, myself included, have gotten behind the wheel after a night of drinking when we clearly should not have, and thought nothing of it because we made it home without incident. Unfortunately, that's what keeps the cycle going. Lake's article had a profound impact on my change in attitude regarding drinking and driving.
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May 27, 2013

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I want to thank Thomas Lake for his feature on athletes who drive under the influence. Too many of us average Joes, myself included, have gotten behind the wheel after a night of drinking when we clearly should not have, and thought nothing of it because we made it home without incident. Unfortunately, that's what keeps the cycle going. Lake's article had a profound impact on my change in attitude regarding drinking and driving.

Edgar Dickson, Richmond

Ethical Decisions

I am a high school guidance counselor and head football coach who works with teenagers to help them make more positive decisions in life. I appreciated Thomas Lake's story on Josh Brent and Jerry Brown (Drinking, Driving and Dying) because it reinforces the message that I am trying to teach my students: Negative actions have negative consequences. I applaud the people at MADD for their commitment and efforts to reduce the number of deaths by drunken driving. Although tragic stories like this make it appear as if MADD's message is falling on deaf ears, I have seen firsthand that our youth are still watching and listening.

Erik Ormberg, Bellingham, Mass.

Good Things Come in Threes

In addition to the Heat's much-ballyhooed perimeter shooters (Space Odyssey), guard Norris Cole is now lighting it up from behind the arc for Miami, shooting 68.8% from three-point range in the playoffs (81.8% against the Bulls in the conference semis). All credit should go to Pat Riley, who over the past two seasons added Cole, Ray Allen and Shane Battier to the roster to help improve the team's depth from long range.

Jeffrey Hecht, Delray Beach, Fla.

Gift of Life

I loved Steve Rushin's essay about Cameron Lyle (POINT AFTER) and his decision to forgo the remainder of his final spring track season to donate bone marrow and save a life. Lyle's story reminded me of Villanova head football coach Andy Talley and his bone-marrow foundation, through which he has been encouraging college athletes to donate bone marrow since 1992. In 2010, Matt Szczur, who was an All-America wide receiver and an outfielder for the Wildcats' baseball team, gave stem cells to a 19-month-old leukemia patient.

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