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There are many messages in Peri Escardi's wonderful article ("How to Run," Jan. 5). But the one I responded to most was the implicit connection between running and the emotional resonance created with one we love.

My father loved hunting and, at first (when I was 14), so did I. But after killing my second deer, I lost any urge I had to kill anything. I still went "hunting" with my dad, but I never loaded my rifle again. Just being with him was all I needed. That is the way of affection.

Larry Hourany, McKinleyville

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