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Perhaps Morning Read subscribers simply are that much smarter

Who needs a medical degree and years of specialized training when you can subscribe to Morning Read and offer an informed opinion about coronavirus?

I am impressed by the medical and clinical knowledge displayed by many of the writers and correspondents concerning the COVID-19 virus (“PGA Tour’s ‘bubble’ bursts with Nick Watney fiasco,” June 22; “From the Morning Read inbox,” June 23; June 24; June 25).

I am not a doctor, nor do I play one on TV, so I will confine my observation to this: the coronavirus does not care what you think or believe about it. It simply drifts through the air, to be breathed in by anyone close enough. Results certainly do vary, but even those who have a very mild reaction still can infect someone less fortunate. Those infected but with no symptoms are, in fact, the most dangerous to others.

As to professional sports, if the PGA Tour is unable to control the spread on the circuit, it will shut down again. I don't know how many cases from within the "bubble" will trigger a shutdown, but I am sure there is a threshold. Think of it as the virus-event horizon.

If golf, the ultimate social-distancing sport, can't pull it off, then none of the other professional sports has a chance. These other sports will have a threshold, too. I won't be shocked if this is the year without sports.

Blaine Walker
St. Paul, Minn.

‘Representative inclusion’ won’t happen overnight
The current social situation calls for righting injustices of the past. Parallel to this is the call for greater equality and inclusion of minorities – specifically black Americans – on the professional golf tours. Mike Purkey addressed this in his recent article (“Golf faces its day of reckoning for inclusion,” June 24).

Grow the game has been the mantra for years. The First Tee is one small way. Should there be other programs? Undoubtedly. Should these programs target minorities? Probably. But others, too.

And the elephant-in-the-room question is, how long before greater diversity takes place?

The problem with increasing the number of minorities on the PGA Tour is the meritocratic nature of golf. Only the best of class get membership cards. With a few exceptions, e.g., Tiger Woods and Jordan Spieth, the elite players have not seen a mercurial rise to the top. It takes talent and time.

Assume that a significant program is developed that offers a path to the PGA Tour. The competitive landscape of the professional tours and a relatively small number of opportunities make the road to inclusion a challenge.

It appears as if even under the best scenarios, it will take a number of years before representative inclusion is achieved.

Dave Richner
St. Johns, Fla.

That's a bad move, Golf Channel
Golf Channel is moving from a tremendous golfing mecca to a nothing place ("Golf Channel announces layoffs ahead of company move, report says," June 24).

NBC Sports cares nothing for its people, moving to Stamford, Conn. It's very expensive there and a golf wasteland compared with Orlando and the surrounding area. The people making this decision should all be let go, as it is a very bad decision.

Tax incentives. What do they think they are, an equity firm?

Michael Merrill
McKinney, Texas

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