In my opinion, the phrase "everything happens for a reason" is one of the most overused and overrated colloquialisms ever created. However, this phrase is perfectly fitting for the article by Bill Plaschke on Cory and Dale Hahn. But for his fateful slide at second base, Cory would have likely become another multimillionaire baseball star providing entertainment to a local fan base and civic pride to his hometown. However, I believe that Cory Hahn will someday walk again and in doing so, Cory will provide immeasurable hope and inspiration to people with disabilities around the world. His legacy and his impact will then stretch far beyond the world of sports. I personally look forward to that special day when I can read the story of Cory's triumph in this very newspaper.
Maury D. Benemie
I confess to being a softie. An old softie with two grandchildren who share Cory Hahn's love and devotion and passion for the game of baseball. I've seen my own family's participation in baseball up close and personal. I get it.
But never before have I seen anything like this story. It literally moved me to tears and I felt the love and amazing bond between this father and this son as if it were extremely personal.
I wish them continued strength and hope and endurance.
Your article on Clippers forward Kenyon Martin was the most revealing and touching portrait of an pro athlete that I have read in the last 20 years. That Martin gives so much of himself to help young people who stutter is exemplary.
Martin is a past spokesman for the Stuttering Foundation and his name appears on their list of "Famous People Who Stutter" on their website. The Stuttering Foundation site also has a "Celebrity Corner" section with in-depth articles on some of these famous people, such as Bruce Willis, Bill Withers, Emily Blunt, B.B. King, Lewis Carroll, Byron Pitts, Jack Paar, Dominick Dunne, Rowan Atkinson, Eric Roberts and former Kings star Dave Taylor. I certainly wish that I had had role models like these people when I was growing up and also had known about famous people who stutter like Kenyon Martin.
Just wanted to say "thank you" to T.J. Simers for telling the truth about Floyd Mayweather Jr. in his column on Friday. Unlike so many other reporters, T.J. not only mentioned that Floyd is going to spend 90 days in the can for this year, but he also pointed out that he has been arrested three other times for domestic violence. If Manny Pacquiao really wants to fight Floyd, all he would have to do is put on a dress. Floyd would jump at that chance to try and pulverize someone in feminine clothing.
Great column, T.J. Holding pumped-up millionaire prima donna athletes like Mayweather and Woods accountable [March 2] only makes it easier to appreciate authentic class acts like Chris Paul.
Jack Von Bulow
Before T.J. Simers writes yet another gushy column on the wonders of Chris Paul, and we anoint the Clippers as the next NBA champion, it might be nice if they could find a way to beat the lowly Minnesota Timberwolves at home.
Ralph S. Brax
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