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A MEDAL MOMENT

Jan Brogan’s wonderful Connections essay in the February 16 Globe Magazine inspired me to watch the bobsled sections of the Olympics with a feeling of personal connection. I was thrilled to see that Jamie Greubel won the bronze. I was cheering her on from home and hope that Brogan was able to watch her victory unfold.

Elizabeth Gable

Rockport

After reading Brogan’s essay about her late friend Melinda and Melinda’s daughter Jamie, I followed the women’s bobsled with increased interest and anticipation. I hope Jamie knows that strangers like me were rooting for her, too. I’m very happy for Melinda’s daughter, the Olympian and the bronze medal winner!

Beth Farley

Acton

STAMP ACTS

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Thanks for publishing the essay by Jimmy Tingle (and thanks to him for writing it) regarding the cost (and value) of the 49-cent stamp (Perspective, February 16). ’Tis, no doubt, the best transportation value available to us anywhere. Tingle emphasizes the value of the stamp, which is unassailable, but the efficiency of the system, I feel, should get equal attention. I mean, for less than half a buck, we get next-day or two-day service? Having family and friends in various areas of this country, I avail myself of this low-cost and efficient correspondence method often.

Donald S. Johnson

Woburn

Not to mention that stamps in other parts of the world are much more expensive. In the United Kingdom, a letter costs 60p. Roughly (a little over) a dollar. And that’s a small country compared with the US. As to quality of service, well, it is getting worse over there, too. So, good on you, Tingle. You’ve got it right again.

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GONE TO THE DOGS I

My wife, Gayle, burst out laughing at the American Kennel Club description of the Labrador retriever (Examiner, February 16). Our lovable Lab is devoted, I’ll give you that. He is also gentle — when he’s not bowling you over with his enthusiastic greeting or his race to anything he perceives as food. But intelligent? Well, he did graduate from obedience class, but I think it was just a social promotion. We didn’t so much adopt him as take him into protective custody.

Gordon Schnaper

Tewksbury

GONE TO THE DOGS II

Jim Braude brings up a valid question: “Why does animal abuse seem to elicit more outrage than child abuse?” (Perspective, February 9) The answer seems simple enough to me: There are myriad laws in place to protect children, and every time a child is abused, new laws seem to be enacted. Child abusers get stiff sentences, despite what people think, and rightly so. However, animals don’t have such laws to protect them, and animal abusers get very light sentences. Therefore, it is up to those of us who care for animals to step forward and rally on their behalf.

Carole Presberg

Tyngsborough

I am not a dog owner, nor a dog lover, but I did find myself outraged when I read about the slaughter of dogs in Sochi. That being said, I also found it crazy that my daughter consistently received more pay to watch pets than she did to baby-sit kids.

Gina Sweeney Leahy

Exeter, New Hampshire

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Thanks to Braude for braving the wrath of the “animalistas.” Maybe it just comes down to the fact that rescuing a dog seems a far more manageable task than saving a kid from a tangled web of dysfunctional families and state agencies.

Gracie Joyce

Cambridge

I attended the vigil for Puppy Doe Kiya. A pet is totally dependent on the humans who are responsible for it. The same can be said for children and elderly people. When an adult turns on a pet, child, or elderly person, the outrage should be the same.

Judy Humphrey

North Attleborough

Does Braude think he is helping abused children by pitting them against abused animals in some kind of perverse contest about which group gets more sympathy? Empathy is a good thing; the more of it the better, no matter who the recipient is.

Holly Pearson

Lexington

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