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Letters to the editor

Globe Magazine readers respond to articles on pesky dogs, Scrabble, nonalcoholic drink recipes, and idling in the car.


I really think Miss Conduct got it wrong in her advice to the person complaining of having to make a “loud beep” in order to get a neighbor’s dog out of the street (June 24). Call animal control? It’s not as if the dog were foaming at the mouth and attacking people. Then the letter writer actually e-mailed the neighbor and supposed friend. Again, come on. If my friend’s dog were in the street, I would walk the dog back to her yard — at the very least, I would call. People are so callous and impersonal in their interactions with others these days — and the slightest bit of inconvenience seems to make people feel entitled to an apology of epic proportion. This is life, people. There are annoyances and inconveniences — and times when you must go out of your way, even it’s only slightly, to help a friend. I don’t think having to make a loud beep entitles you to anything but being called a selfish boob.

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