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Celebrate Masters for its diversity of winners and participants

Former first responder cites false alarm in Alex Miceli’s criticism of Augusta National Golf Club and its iconic tournament

Alex Miceli and I have some similar life traits (same age, gender, race), but like all people we have differences, as well. I didn’t attend private schools, and I haven’t covered professional golf as a journalist, for instance (“Should Masters change its name,” June 29).

Miceli’s article was a blend of facts (dates of the PGA of America’s "Caucasian-only" clause) and opinions (looking at the dictionary doesn’t necessary support Miceli’s contention that “the phrase [Masters] could be objectionable to black Americans…”).

I worked as a first responder for more than 35 years and was fortunate to have a fire chief who was way ahead of his time as it related to dealing with racism and gender discrimination within our workforce. He implored our department to practice these four qualities in our daily interactions with the public and one another:

* acceptance
* tolerance
* diversity
* unity

We trained often to support how we, as an organization, could improve in our service delivery to our external and internal customers by adhering to these core principles.

With this in mind, I accept that there is more that must be done nationally to improve our country’s struggle with racism. I also am tolerant of opposing views relating to names, images, statues, phrases, politics, etc. I respect the diversity that makes this country greater than all others. When we unite because we are all Americans, we make progress on issues.

Miceli and Rob Parker, who wrote a Masters-related commentary for Deadspin.com, should attempt to put into practice these thoughts as well as it relates to the tournament with which they have issue that is held in Georgia each year. Accept and be tolerant of the fact that founders (and current leadership) of Augusta National Golf Club have the right to name their event whatever they chose. Celebrate the diversity of the winners, runners-up and the event’s invited participants from all over the world (all of the races and nationalities represented), and then, maybe Miceli and Parker can join with the rest of us unified in knowing that the Masters, its champions, and those good enough to compete in it are, in fact, just that: masters (as defined by the dictionary) of a game.

Dan Davis
Glendale, Ariz.

Leave political commentary for cable-news outlets
Reading the comments from other golf lovers in Morning Read is a daily part of my morning ritual. I love to get people’s thoughts, opinions and stories about the game I love.

If I want political commentary, I certainly know where to find that.

Judging from the reaction to Alex Miceli’s story about the Masters name change, I can’t help but think he did it intentionally (“From the Morning Read inbox,” June 30; July 1; July 2). I hope I am wrong, for that would be very disappointing.

Leave the political commentary for Fox News and MSNBC, and let’s talk about golf, please.

Frank Blauch
Lebanon, Pa.

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