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Many of my fellow tennis players are sick of the arrogant way the CTA applies ratings. The problem is that they are the only tennis league in town, and they don't seem to listen. It's easy to understand why so many tennis players turn to golf after being wrongly rated by the CTA.

My hat is off to Mr. Gabler for sticking the CTA's nose in their own stink. If they were smart, they would consult with Larry Gabler to design a fair playing field for all of us. I'm sure it will be hard for the leaders of the CTA program to realize that the way they are rating isn't working. I hope they have the courage to try to fix the problems.

Jesse Aragon

I enjoyed Eric Dexheimer's tennis story, which inspired me to give the sport one more try. But remind me to avoid any court where Larry Gabler's team is playing--I humiliate myself enough all on my own when I play, thank you very much.

Ed Abrams
via the Internet

I'd be curious to have the question answered as to how Larry Gabler gets "any player he wants" into the very exclusive Denver Tennis Club. Or do DTC members also contribute to his "coaching skill" by waiving whatever membership requirements they might otherwise have in order to benefit his/their 4.5 team?

Do you know whether each of this team's players actually resides in the Denver metro area? As opposed to, say, some commuting up or down from Colorado Springs or Fort Collins to play in the DTC's "local tennis league"? That subject could warrant a follow-up article. Both Colorado Springs and Fort Collins also have their "local leagues."

Please do not use my name; I am already in hot water with the CTA over these issues.

Name withheld on request

Eric Dexheimer replies: Not all members of Larry Gabler's team belong to the exclusive Denver Tennis Club, although many do. The club, of which Gabler is a longtime member, lends the team its name and permits it to use DTC courts for home matches. This is not always the case: Last year Gabler's team played at Cherry Creek High School. As for members of his team being from outside Denver, I didn't meet any who were. But as I stated in the article, Gabler is up front about recruiting good players from wherever he can find them.

You're All Wet
I would like to respond to the July 1 Off Limits item regarding working conditions at Colorado's Ocean Journey. Since I have never volunteered with any organization, my perspective is based solely on my experiences with the staff and volunteers at Ocean Journey. My observations and experiences have been overwhelmingly positive! I have found the staff and volunteers to be positive, engaging, receptive and adaptable. When a problem or situation arises, all efforts are made to engage everyone to help find a solution. There are meetings with volunteers for forty minutes before their shift to provide information and to receive feedback on any and all issues. There are continual tours on the Journey path by individuals with radios to solve any questions or problems, along with personal contact with each volunteer during each one of their four shift rotations. After each shift, there is a debriefing session to receive suggestions and to help solve any issues. There is a clear understanding at Ocean Journey that volunteers need to take breaks during their shift rotations, and every effort is made to accommodate that need.

My personal experience is that this organization practices what it preaches! I would like to invite any volunteer who feels mistreated to contact me directly at Ocean Journey. I will work to help resolve the problem and guarantee that they will remain unnamed in the process. Let's work together and move forward in a positive manner.

Pat Kelley, day captain
Ocean Journey

I can think of a few more appropriate hand signals for Ocean Journey. The first: imitating a pickpocket--which Ocean Journey does for real, with the amount it charges for its disappointing exhibits. And then there's the old finger--which I'm ready to give the place after my first, and last, visit.

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