Readers marvel at Madeline Green but have some harsh words for her papa

FEATURE, MARCH 3, 2011
THE FIGHTER'S DAUGHTER
Mad about Maddy: Madeline is representing the new breed of young people growing up in this sport ["Daddy's Little Girl," John H. Tucker]. I think this is very exciting. Martial arts are great for everyone who has the temperament and willingness to train consistently.

It's amazing to me that Maddy has learned so much so quickly and is able to defeat opponents in a variety of fighting styles. Well done, Daddy Green, for recognizing talent in your daughter and nurturing her passion. She is a mini warrior princess!
Cheryl, via the Internet

A mother's love: I wish the best for Maddy in whatever she does and wish the best for her mom also. I hope she continues to try to repair her relationship with her daughter. People do change, and everyone deserves a second chance.

Godspeed, Tina and Maddy. It may very well be a long journey, but it's definitely worth enduring.
A Mama, via the Internet

That's gotta hurt: As a father, I have to wonder how Mike will feel when he watches an opponent kick the living daylights out of his daughter.

Then again, he may feel nothing.
Fabs, via the Internet

Bring it on: I have been a friend of Mike's going as far back as I can remember. He has always been a fierce competitor no matter what it was. I see the same in Maddy. She's a very bright and beautiful young lady, but, just like her daddy, don't piss her off!

I am proud of his and her accomplishments in and out of the ring. I'm even prouder to call them both my friends and extended family.

To Loam and Fabs, bring your sons to a fight and challenge "The Madness," and we'll see who gets the living daylights kicked out of them or winds up with brain damage. No one would, because this isn't boxing. Research the sport a little better before you make accusations of such things. Then again, I wouldn't expect anything less from the uneducated.

This is Maddy's time to shine; please don't tarnish this moment for her with your rash comments. Watching her train would make the laziest of men get off the couch and want to train!
X-couch potato, via the Internet

Ouch! The only thing that's going to happen to her is brain damage, and she'll have her dad to thank for it.
Loam, via the Internet

They call him "mean" for a reason: Very touching story — Mike Green, the victim of bullies, gets tough and raises his daughter in his get-tough mindset. The love just showed and flowed.

Reality check: Mr. Green has been known to use his skills to kick or slap beer cans out of the hands of disabled/barely functional individuals because they offended him.

Granted, the law reads that you can't drink in the park across the street from Mr. Green's residence. But no one can take the law into their own hands and feet and use/abuse their potentially lethal weapons on people who barely get by in life.
A neighbor, St. Louis

ERRATA
Last week, Mike Appelstein's piece about the band Bunnygrunt gave the wrong name for the B-side on its album Criminal Boy; it is "GI2K." Also in last week's issue, Dennis Brown's feature story, "Forgive Me Father for I Have Cinema'ed," stated that Dismas House was opened in November 1960, when in fact it opened in November 1959. And finally, in John H. Tucker's feature from March 3, "Daddy's Little Girl," we erroneously stated the name of Mike Green's alma mater. Green graduated from Mehlville Senior High School.

 
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Lisa
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Seriously, you folks that want to bash dad and daughter need to worry about your own. People need to learn how to keep their noses out of everyone else's business and mind their own. It's apparently Maddy's choice to do what she's doing, Just like it was her fathers. I've spent 20yrs as a single mom to my 3 working my ass off to protect them and teach them how I thought was best and as a nurse i've seen about all there is to see when it comes to children abused and used and abandoned. Give the guy credit for raising his daughter and not abandoning her. If she's making the effort, yes, mom deserves a 2nd chance but that's up to Maddy and mom has to earn that respect and position back. She did ditch it after all. Good luck Maddy, in all of your endevors and kudos dad for raising what appears to be an awesome little girl.

 
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