Letters to the Editor

Globe Magazine readers respond to articles about Boston radio, the tough decisions dog owners face, and man dates.


You have got to be kidding me, Scott Helman. You have no business writing about WFNX, a radio station you clearly don’t appreciate (Perspective, June 10). I have 12 preset channels in my car, and eight out of 10 times while surfing I go with the song on WFNX. Who has time to figure out various college shows? The inconsistency is frustrating. To a 29-year listener like me, the death of WFNX is truly heartbreaking. Really, is there an alternative to a radio station committed to alternative music? 

Stephanie Tarantino / Stoneham

I am 53, grew up on Boston Top 40 stations, and have been listening to WFNX since its inception. I no longer tune in religiously, but the news of its impending demise made me sad and a little angry. I guess that some of us old-time radio fans, trying to hold on to the old while embracing the new, still take it personally.


Phyllis Werlin / Malden

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I can’t understand why Helman didn’t mention WUMB-FM (91.9) in his otherwise fine column. I’ve been a listener, volunteer, and fund-raiser for the station for the past 25 years. It is the only full-time folk music station in North America, and longtime DJs Dick Pleasants and Dave Palmater are two of the best in the business. I can’t begin to count the number of extremely talented but little known folk artists who have enriched my life. I would never have known that most of them existed but for WUMB.

Bob Burke / Newton Highlands


The “Mom’s Best Friend” essay by Kathleen Hirsch was touching (Connections, June 10). I found myself with tears in my eyes as I read it while thinking what a lucky dog she has and what a wonderful person Hirsch is. The world should have more people like her. 

  Jane Cauchon / Durham, New Hampshire 


Hirsch’s story hit home for me because I had to make that tough decision on May 24, 2010, when my sheltie, Pal, who was 12 years old, went out for his morning walk and couldn’t stand. I always feared the day, and it had come. As much as I would have loved to have my Pal with me forever, I had to be his voice and not let him linger on and suffer. That is part of being a pet owner; it is not easy at all, but his quality of life mattered to me more. 

Renee Scalfani / East Boston

 I find it difficult to understand how Hirsch can be so cruel to “man’s best friend.” She said she is lucky to be able to clean up after her pet. How does she think the dog feels? Hirsch should stop thinking only of herself.

Ann M. Walker / Clinton

By the time I finished reading Hirsch’s essay I was gritting my teeth in anger. Hirsch’s loyal dog is suffering every day, but Hirsch is denying her poor dog a painless and dignified death. I hope someone is able to set her straight on what it means to have an animal depend on you to provide mature and loving care.


Brian Schimpf / Harvard


I found Steve Almond’s “The Man Date Mandate” (Connections, June 3) offensive and unfunny in the ways it demeans both men and women. From his assertion that men at times “simply cannot hear another passive-aggressive non-complaint from our wives” to his conclusion that “the modern man” has difficulty being a “mature listener and sensitive father,” such misogynist and juvenile musings do not represent the countless men who seek meaningful relationships within their homes and with friends of both sexes.

Scott Harney / Belmont

Just finished having a laugh over Almond’s essay. I am a 57-year-old dad of three who just sent my high school buddies the latest e-mail blast for our quarterly “man date.” We tell the same stories, laugh about the same incidents from 35 years ago, talk about absolutely nothing serious, and thoroughly enjoy every minute of it.

Mike Ryan / Newburyport

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