I was genuinely appalled by the letter writer who seemed to be suggesting that Muhammad Ali somehow deserved his Parkinson’s disease for having avoided the Vietnam-era draft (“No real champ at Lewiston bout of 1965,” May 31).

However you feel about people like Ali (or, for that matter, George W. Bush, who dodged the draft as well), to hear someone express satisfaction (“What goes around comes around!”) that a person is suffering from a horrible, debilitating illness is disturbing.

John Manderino

Scarborough