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A salute to Andreone and his comrades
Thank you, Gary Van Sickle, for your article (“Army vet/PGA pro left century of lessons,” Nov. 12).

The story of Gus Andreone is the story of many GIs who fought in World War II, including my father, who also was present in the Battle of the Bulge. They survived outdoors for years in all kinds of weather, hardly ever had the luxury of a shower, endured hazards of many types and toward the end marched and fought during one of the coldest winters on record. Their determination, bravery, persistence, divine intervention and often sheer luck afforded them a chance to come home and start careers and families.

Often, they kept their heroic exploits to themselves, only much later revealing bits of the horrific story of combat.

As time and age infirmities claim the last of these veterans, let us salute them for the liberty and freedom we enjoy today.

Ken Chojnacki
Delran, N.J.

Legacy marked by no negative words
Great piece about Gus Andreone by Gary Van Sickle (“Army vet/PGA pro left century of lessons,” Nov. 12). Andreone led a remarkable life, and it was special that he lived as long as he did.

His name is one of those I recall from the time I lived in Leechburg and Clarion. I don't recall anybody having anything but good things to say about him, and what more can one ask for?

Rob Craig
Mount Pleasant, Mich.

TV networks should add shot clocks
I agree with reader Carl Nilsson, but most of the public takes as long as the pros to play (“From the Morning Read inbox,” Nov. 12).

I don’t look to the PGA Tour for any action. The PGA Tour is not in the business of embarrassing its members. So, if people think that there will be any improvement, it will come from TV networks cutting off their coverage four hours after the final group tees off and not accepting the slow pace of play. Networks should start instituting their own shot clock if they really want to call attention to slow play (both on the greens and for any other shot; take that, Jordan Spieth).

Gary Cohen
Great Neck, N.Y.

It takes extra time to play bad golf
PGA Tour players will not agree to have their prep time altered. They will never, ever agree to have limits put on them that prohibit their rituals, which 20-handicap golfers can eliminate.

The problem is not the Tour; it’s the fact that so many people who play golf are so bad at it that it does take them a long time to play simply because they are awful.

So, we are dealing with two different issues: players who are performing for a living and those who are performing for the pure joy and fun of the game. Two completely different issues.

Also, unless the TV networks covering golf see it as a major issue, nothing will happen. Long rounds on TV are here to stay. They also are here to stay at local golf courses because golfers are terrible and have no clue that someone is behind them waiting on every single shot.

Bob Geismar
Boca Raton, Fla.

Don’t expect PGA Tour to tackle slow play
There has been quite a bit written recently by Morning Read’s correspondents and readers about slow play on the PGA Tour. The complaints and solutions offered are rather shopworn but accurate nonetheless. It is even probable that strokes, if applied often and equitably, would solve the problem.

But here's the thing: the PGA Tour is socialistic and dare I say even communistic in its organization. The proletariat, the players, exert a surprising amount of control over how the PGA Tour is run, in a manner similar to employee-owned companies. Unlike professional baseball or football, golf does not have a commissioner who is selected by and answers to the owners and is independent of and in effect adversarial to the players.

While the PGA Tour players have no union to provide protections as do players in other sports, the Player Advisory Council is involved in the selection of the Tour’s commissioner and many decisions made by Tour management. With this in mind, it is doubtful that a commissioner is likely to ramp up and consistently enforce slow-play stroke penalties that can have career-ending as well as monetary consequences? Well, never would be my guess, because the players are too deeply entwined in the management of the tour.

So, keep writing and complaining, if you like, but you may be involved with a dead horse.

Blaine Walker
St. Paul, Minn.

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