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Letters to the editor: Padecky helped the PD return to its roots

EDITOR: I'm not an avid sports fan and have not had a child in school athletics, but I always looked forward to Bob Padecky's stories in The Press Democrat.

One of his final columns (“Living for the Love,” Dec. 25) was among his best — like a good hitter knocking one out of the park in his last at-bat. It was the portrait of an exceptional young man and the community that loves him. As with many of Padecky's articles, it included hard realities but was told with a Capraesque faith in our best natures.

Padecky had the rare skill of capturing the essence of people so we feel as if we know them and telling a good story, under deadline, in a few hundred words. I'll miss his spot in the PD. Thanks, Bob, for discovering the remarkable stories of the people around us.

FRED WEISEL

Santa Rosa

A new year without Padecky is a sad reality

EDITOR: Like many other readers, I'm sorry to see the new year starting without Bob Padecky on your sports page. He is such a good writer, and I've been reading him for so long, it's almost been like having him at the breakfast table.

He has had the additional value of offsetting the mean-spirited negativity of Lowell Cohn. It certainly makes me feel that the wrong guy is leaving.

GEOFFREY DUNHAM

Sebastopol

Padecky helped the PD return to its roots

EDITOR: Bob Padecky was the best in journalism, sports journalism. He returned The Press Democrat to the roots of its local sports emphasis that was temporarily lost when the New York Times bought the paper in 1985 and shifted its coverage to the national stage.

Over the past two decades, Padecky's columns touched on the lives of local athletes, coaches and all walks of sports enthusiasts to tell their intimate stories of success, perseverance, failures and pain in the most poignant and compelling of ways.

His columns covered every aspect of sports from the honor athletes gained even in the face of defeat, overwhelming obstacles and personal tragedies to those few whose soullessness stained the field of competition.

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