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Readers respond to stories on Celtics rookie Jared Sullinger and the hard work of marriage.

SULLY’S BIG WELCOME

As another Columbus, Ohio, native now living in Boston, I want to thank Scott Helman for the excellent Jared Sullinger profile (“No Rookie Mistake,” March 17). I love the guy and hope he stays a Celtic forever. I like to think his Celtics career started with Ohio State’s NCAA regional championship win over Syracuse last spring at the TD Garden. Is it now too much to ask for the Buckeyes’ Aaron Craft to follow in the Havlicek/Sullinger tradition of a Buckeye/Celtic resume?

Tom Rutledge / Concord

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I am from Vermont originally but spent my formative years outside of Columbus. As a lifelong Buckeye fan, I was thrilled that Sullinger came to play with my Celtics. I do have my fingers crossed, since backs and surgery don’t always go well together. I enjoyed the article and the favorable attention it brings to this great player.

John Morrison / Lowell

Great read on Sully. Helman’s piece not only adds weight to the side of the argument that he’s the real deal, it also adds an intriguing element as to whether he really can replace Kevin Garnett. I knew Sully was raised in basketball, as well as in life, the right way. It was apparent from watching him that he possessed a level of patience and humility rare for a rookie. But reading about him being accepted as an equal in the Celtics locker room and of his willingness to learn from KG in those notoriously hard practice sessions permanently endeared him to me and, I’m sure, to Garnett as well.

Tom Lauranzano / Beverly

I have followed the Celtics during the good and the bad for the past 50 years, and I always enjoy behind-the-scenes stories of the team. Thank you for letting me read about a Celtic this Sunday morning.

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Robert Ciullo / Bridgewater

MARRIAGE SECRETS

I couldn’t agree more with Steve Almond’s essay about the effort spouses put into marriage (Connections, March 17). I have been with my husband for 36 years, and making marriage work is hard. I found Ben Affleck’s comments about working at marriage refreshing and true. In England, too much gushing doesn’t go down very well.

Gillian Abrams / Grimsby, Lincolnshire, England

After moving to Germany nearly 13 years ago, I fell in love with a blue-eyed, brawny, socks-with-sandals-wearing German. We got married a year and a half later. As it turns out, marriage is a lot of work. Luckily, I have wise parents who never made a secret out of this, as well as siblings who shared their experiences from their own often difficult first years. I have also come to recognize that some marriages need a bit of extra pruning, such as those held up to constant scrutiny (cheers to Affleck attesting to this) or involving different cultural backgrounds. I have learned to accept that my husband will always wear socks with his sandals, and he has learned how to communicate through my language blackouts. My sometimes quirky, wonderful German husband and his often loud, over-the-top American wife are a special combination. We make it work because we work at it daily.

 Dora Schmidt / Enkenbach, Germany

Having been married 42 years, I would say the two C’s are essential to a good relationship: compromise and consideration.

Ed Feldman / Sudbury

 Almond got it wrong. As someone who has been happily married for 46 years, the secret is that we have had separate bathrooms from day one!

Peter Soltz / Norfolk

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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