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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: A True Reunion

9/4/2013, 2 p.m.
Victor Oladipo (right) and Kevin Durant face off at the Goodman League Roundball Classic on Sunday, Aug. 25 at DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, Md. Wallace Barron

Elton Hayes’s Goodman League Doubles as Family Reunion (Aug. 29) article did an exemplary job in capturing the familial component of the annual Goodman League tournament. Many of the national and local writers who cover the league’s games and tournaments tend to focus on the big-name athletes and star power of those who participate or make an appearance at the games.

I attended the Goodman League Roundball Classic and was both surprised and pleased to read about the Oladipo family’s reunion. Victor Oladipo provides a great example of a true student-athlete. Academics were just as important to him and his family as evidenced by the fact he graduated from Indiana University in three years. In fact, it seemed as if he and his parents were more pleased about him graduating with his degree in three years than they were by him being the NBA draft’s No. 2 pick.

Mr. Hayes’s article was very refreshing and a reminder of why local newspapers such as the Washington Informer are relevant and important to the community. Keep up the great work, Washington Informer!

David Johnson

Hyattsville, Md.

A Memorable Edition

I want to applaud the Washington Informer for its coverage of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. The supplement was especially enjoyable. While other local news publications covered the march and had some intriguing articles and photos, I enjoyed the Informer’s stories more, because they seemed to be far more personal and intimate in nature.

As an older reader, I’ve seen a lot of things on the racial front in the country. I remember watching coverage of the 1963 March on Washington, but I still enjoyed the way the Informer contrasted the two, while also offering great commentary.

While the Informer doesn’t have the circulation of some District publications, its community brand of journalism continues to keep me reading. And the paper’s exemplary coverage of the March on Washington is a glowing example of that fact.

Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for producing great material that resonates well within our community. And just because there exist larger news outlets, that doesn’t necessarily mean that its material is any better. In my opinion, the Informer writers and content is significantly better.

Thank for all you do!

Anthony Butler

Washington, D.C.