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    Letters to the editor

    Globe Magazine readers respond to stories from recent issues.


    Neil Swidey’s “The DIY Star” (September 16) made me wonder whether I have Springsteen and Buffett to thank for shelling out more than $100 to see them in concert (as opposed to Ticketmaster, which I always assumed was the villain).

    Jeff Katz / Needham


    As I read Daniel Todd Gewertz’s essay, “A Bagel From the Beyond” (Connections, September 16), I thought of my own mother, who passed away unexpectedly more than eight years ago. Having never been in charge of a funeral, I wasn’t sure of the costs. Father Dooher said a donation would be welcomed. We had no extra money, but then I remembered my stash of one hundred dollar bills. Every birthday and Christmas for several years, my mother had generously given me a hundred dollar bill after a stroke had robbed her of the ability to go shopping on her own. So, my dear mother paid for her own funeral Mass that beautiful sunny day in April with the money she had given to me.


    Susan Gyorky / Fairlee, Vermont

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    Nice essay, especially right before Rosh Hashana. I have just two issues with it: 1. Bagels should not have blueberries in them . . . or chocolate chips . . . or taste like a banana. If you can’t put cream cheese and lox on it, what is the point? 2. If you want a bagel, go to a “bagelisserie.” Getting a bagel at a doughnut shop is as incongruous as getting one from Sara Lee. Happy New Year!

    Jeff Perlstein / Stoneham


    I must congratulate you on the Connections column by Josh Passell, “Coming Out Conservative” (September 9). We take the Globe but once a week, as the leftist slant is too much to stomach. I have experienced Dems’ horror at one’s GOP leanings. Their minds are closed to any argument that may detach them from the Democratic herd to which they reflexively and comfortably belong. Our party has undergone a renewal but still has to cope with attacks that we will take the country back to Bush. (From where it is now, that may, perhaps, not be a bad thing.) But nobody who reads this newspaper wants to hear about that.

    Neil Rossen / Southborough


    For a very long time I, too, usually voted Democrat, until I started to pay attention to the individuals running and what they stood for. No one will be perfect, but some are better than others. I’m old enough to remember when Democrats and Republicans could have a conversation without the vitriol. The ability to understand one anothers’ thoughts and feelings sometimes changed opinions. Perhaps that’s the problem today. Everyone wants to be right, and if you actually listen to a different opinion, you might have to admit you were wrong.

    Fran Jutras / Hanson

    Congratulations to Passell — he nailed it. I guess there are more conservatives in New England than one would realize, but we have been cowed and demoralized by the vitriol coming our way. Dare I hope that we can build on 2010 and inch our way toward a two-party system?

    Marguerite Boucher / Hopkinton

    Rush Limbaugh’s quote in Passell’s essay made me laugh out loud. “We conservatives love people . . .”  Sure you do, especially those who are still in their fetal stages. Conservatives love people, unless of course those people are minorities, non-Christians, rape victims, or heaven forbid, gay. The difference is Passell doesn’t have to fear for his safety, coming out as a conservative in Boston. My liberal friends in Texas, Tennessee, Alabama, etc. do.


    Elena Vinokurova / Burlington

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