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Globe Magazine readers respond to a story on Whitey Bulger and Catherine Greig’s life on the lam.

NO “LOVE STORY”

The subtitle of the otherwise excellent February 24 article “Whitey & Cathy’’ reads, “The most remarkable thing about the brutal gangster’s 16 years on the run isn’t that he evaded arrest for so long. It’s that he ended up in a love story.’’ Why did you describe Bulger’s relationship with Catherine Greig as a “love story’’? Greig was Bulger’s second choice for his companion in flight. He chose to take a woman as he would choose to take a draft animal, and when the first proved balky, he took another. This was the story of a woman who expected to be abused and who was raised to treasure being “needed’’ above all else. It’s a common story, but it is not truly a love story. To call it that romanticizes abuse and the idea that a woman’s love and devotion can change a “bad boy’’ into a good man. It cannot.

Amy E. O’Neal / Cambridge

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Twice you made the poor choice to use “sweet” and “sad” as a lead-in. Bulger was an unrepentant, murderous criminal. He ruled through terror. Greig knew she was aiding a violent fugitive. No matter how you try to spin it, there was nothing sweet nor sad about their 16 years in hiding. The editors should be ashamed of themselves for trying to portray it as such.

Chris Kelly / Hamden, Connecticut

GREEN IS HEALTHY, TOO

Green Lessons From Northampton,” by Victoria Hughes, was an excellent illustration of the many benefits of being a green, and healthy, community (February 24). From Northampton’s walking school bus to its farmers’ markets and bicycle trash pickup, you can see the inextricable link between a green community and a healthy one. A green community is one where people are surrounded by less pollution, are more physically active, and focus on eating fresh locally grown fruits and vegetables — all of which reduce the risk of chronic diseases. Hopefully more Massachusetts cities and towns will follow Northampton’s lead as a way to create healthier communities across the Commonwealth.

Mike Devlin / Senior Program Administrator, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation

COMMENTS?Write to magazine@globe.com or The Boston Globe Magazine/Letters, PO Box 55819, Boston, MA 02205-5819. Letters are subject to editing.

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