A VOTE FOR BROWN
I am an “unenrolled” independent, like those Scott Helman writes about in “Independents’ Day” (September 30), who is concerned about the congressional stalemate over our national debt, federal spending, and taxes. Some members of both political parties have taken strong stances that seem to prevent any meaningful compromise solutions on these issues. As a conservative-leaning voter, I was not always in agreement with Senator Edward M. Kennedy, but I respected his ability to find common ground with otherwise difficult partisan differences and facilitate win-win solutions. So, hypothetically, what would “Ted” do to resolve the congressional stalemate? I think he would wait for the Bush-era tax cuts to expire at the end of this year and for the mandated congressional spending cuts to take effect. No one would be happy, since everyone’s taxes would increase and many popular programs would lose their funding. This will result in a crucible of opportunity for meaningful compromises. While both senatorial candidates offer similar proposals to “fight” for middle-class issues, I am supporting Scott Brown because I believe he will be a better facilitator for meaningful compromises.
Stephen Harvey / Boxford
ONE FOR ALL
I think Gary Dzen touched on the overriding reason the Celtics succeed, in regard to their egos (Perspective, September 30). It’s Doc Rivers. He understands how to handle them, and the kid gloves he uses to that end slip perfectly over his fingers. Given the nature of so many social-media posts, the fanaticism over video games, and the addictions to fantasy baseball and football, this is the “Me-Me-I-I’’ Generation. While people like me tend to daydream about the long-lost days of humility, Doc has adjusted magnificently, knowing just how much and when to stoke the embers.
Ken Lipshez / Unionville, Connecticut
I agree that the attitudes and egos of the Celtics players have likely contributed to the success of the team. I coach FC Boulder, a competitive soccer team in Colorado, and am fortunate to work with high-level players — both boys and girls — such as those bound for college and the US National Team pool. The best players are the ones who believe they are the best. There is the common refrain that teams who work harder can often overcome teams that have more talent but do not work as hard. There may be some truth to that idea, especially in amateur sports. But in my experience, self-belief and self-confidence are the most important pieces of individual and, ultimately, team success.
Adam Hayes / Lafayette, Colorado
IN DEFENSE OF SNEEZERS
B.H. of Wrentham needed to hear from Miss Conduct not a slightly glib response, but the simple fact that allergies are very real and that they are perhaps the most poorly understood of all human ailments (September 30). Then maybe she and others would be more tolerant of those who must deal with allergies. I suffer from two allergies, one well defined and the other less so. I am very allergic to cats, and once ended up with pneumonia after spending three or four hours at the home of a relative and her cats. The less defined allergy is seasonal in the fall, and it has never been accurately diagnosed by an allergist because I refused to endure the shots, the time lost from work, and the inordinate expense of a complete diagnostic battery.
Ben Myers / Harvard
Miss Conduct missed one factor that could be having impact on the allergy situation: Perhaps the letter writer is a terrible housekeeper compared with the other cat owner whom her friend is willing to visit. I can certainly point to my own experience, which shows me that housekeeping makes a big difference.
Hal Cutler / Sudbury