Letters to the editor

Readers respond to articles on Bill Belichick, Vermont Yankee, cancer, and more.

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Great read with many diverse opinions (“Do We Still Trust Bill?” September 22). Excellent work.


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A silly topic. He is the best coach in the league. We’re very lucky to have him. He doesn’t care what others think of him so these type of articles are written. There’s no story here.


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Oh, yes . . . there is a story here. There will always be a story. BB is not above reproach. Anymore than any other coach is. He has done some strange things lately. 


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I have never trusted BB. He was average in Cleveland and without [Tom] Brady he would be very average in New England. He is riding Brady’s coattails into the hall of fame. BB has WASTED Brady’s career by oftentimes over the years providing less than average defenses and less than average receivers. BB is simply too full of himself.


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Rodney [Harrison] summed it up nicely. Bring back [Scott] Pioli, let Bill manage the games and someone else focus on personnel. It will help him be more successful as well as last longer as coach, which is obviously his true strength and love.


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He’s paid to win football games and championships, and nobody else has accomplished more in recent years: 18-8 in post-season games; 3 Super Bowls in 4 years; 207 wins. He is not paid to be media friendly; in fact, it’s pretty clear that media stories can be a major distraction to a team, causing it to lose its focus on the job at hand: defeating next week’s opponent.


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The ladies fighting cancer, their beautiful smiles, and their terrific coat (“The True Story of a Thrift Store Coat,” September 22) should have been your cover photo. We’ve all seen and read enough about Bill Belichick and his exploits. This isn’t Sports Illustrated! These terrific ladies could tell Bill a thing or two about trust, patience, courage, organization, and management, along with love and support and manners. Maybe Bill could join them at The Harp some evening and listen. And bring the coat, too. Hopefully, it will shelter and surround as many folks as it can. Thanks to Cynthia Thomas’s writing, you could feel the warmth and love and friendship right through the page. Thanks for a great article.

Nancy Holloway


“The True Story of a Thrift Store Coat” is as inspiring as it is life-affirming, a tribute to friendship amid adversity. It reminds me of an eclectic group of women I have the privilege of meeting regularly for breakfast. In an hour-plus, we buoy each other up for whatever we face in the coming week. No matter what our problems might be with health, home, husbands, or adult children, we laugh at ourselves and with one another. We are not allowed to whine. We discuss politics, books, make notes on our calendars for local events, and share, with empathy, the special joys and sorrowful times that come with aging. Each week, when we part, we are “smiling on the inside and on the outside,” to quote the coat story, and we give thanks for the amazing power of friendship that was so eloquently defined by the writer.

Joan Chatterton


I loved this story! The tone is so upbeat, and that’s a pretty amazing feat, given the reason the “movie stars” came together. What a testament to living life to the fullest! My thoughts and best wishes go out to the entire group.


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Thank you for this article. It is one of the few cancer survivor stories that really tells it like it is. I am a patient at Dana-Farber and have been tumor-free for almost three years. I cried, I laughed, and I wondered if I could get ahold of this coat. I would gladly play the part of anyone from Edie Falco to Francis McDormand.

Karen Kenny


I needed this reminder about choosing to be the best I can be, not to judge, and to know that in love you will always find the magic of happiness and humility.

Jane S. Schreiner

Sedalia, Colorado

Many thanks for publishing Thomas’s piece on her experiences with brain cancer and her friendships with the Benson Babes. It was touching and inspiring, and reflects how facing cancer — or other life-threatening challenges — can bring people together and enable them to form very meaningful bonds.

Sheryl Hirsch


It’s amazing how a simple thing like a coat can bring so many people together and mean so much to everyone. I love the way the women have all taken on different personas as they wear it. After reading Thomas’s story, I can see how it would bring comfort to all of the women as they wear their coat. I wish them continued good health and look forward to any future articles she may write.

Judy Olson


I wish that my friend who passed away from cancer 2½ years ago had the class, the group, and the coat. She had a group of us (her “posse,” she called us) that were her support. But you can never have enough support, can you?

Marianne F. Buckley Curran



Another piece with no mention of the nuclear waste problem (Perspective, September 22). Perhaps another “unnatural interference in the market” to be dismissed and ignored as the spent fuel rods continue to pile up. Until we have a solution for this problem, we should not be considering any kind of “nuclear renaissance.”

Brenda J. Boleyn


The impact of shutting down nuclear plants in New England will be large. It implies increasing electricity prices, because renewables are much more expensive when considering the subsidies. It implies increased greenhouse gas emissions, because the average wind turbine produces about 26 percent of its rated capacity — backed up by inefficient fast-start gas turbines at times of low wind conditions. Last, it is risky. A single natural-gas pipeline may have 20 power plants attached to it. If we lose one pipeline in winter when we have low wind and solar conditions, much of New England will be without heat and electricity for an extended time with no backup. We are at the end of the natural-gas pipelines and thus most at risk.

Charles Forsberg



I still can’t read “Getting Over My Daughter-Longing” (Connections, September 22) without tearing up. As much as I adored my three boys when they were young, I struggled with sadness over not having a daughter. As the years went on, the desire for a girl faded. Looking back, I can see that I would have felt such pressure raising a daughter. I would have pushed her to be everything I wanted to be. But like writer Abby Rodman, my third son shines like the sun and fills me my heart with joy — all my boys do. I truly believe that my boys are the biggest blessing in my life, and I have learned so much from them and about myself. It’s like the old saying “Everything happens for a reason.”

Janet Weber


Being the mother of four boys, I could have written Rodman’s column, although not as well. She put into words many of the thoughts that went through my mind when my boys were young. They were so much fun — when they were not causing sanity erosion — that the desire for a girl diminished over the years. But the writer should be patient. Hopefully, she will be as lucky as we have been and have granddaughters. Eight of them! Watching them all grow up has been wonderful and an eye-opener for me (girls love drama, something that I would not have been good at managing). Now I can sit back and let their parents handle the divas, the tattlers, and the drama queens. I love them dearly, and as they grow up, I am having a great relationship with each one. And I can watch the theatrics from the sidelines. Enjoy the boys. The best is yet to come.

Linda E. Carnevale


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