I wanted to thank you for your fine article on Cleveland Mason, Merced Matters (May 12). I know Cleveland to be one of the finest human beings walking the face of this planet. I havent seen this fine young man in years, sadly so, but there was a time when he fiercely defended me against hurtful, discriminating remarks made against me. To this day, Im still so appreciative of his support. He is truly a brother in every sense of the word.