Thank you for the respectful and well-written article, “Howard couple’s hairy bet leads to a sweet payoff” (Dec. 17). Firstly, it is a sweet, life-affirming story. Second, it’s in the news section. Third, it does not focus initially on the couple’s deafness; it’s about their participation in an unusual and fun contest. Fourthly, about a third of the way into the story, Benjamin Taylor is identified as “a person who is deaf,” acknowledging his humanity first and foremost.