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    Readers respond to article on shackling pregnant prisoners

    Letters to the editor weigh in on inmate treatment, Rosie’s Place, and more.


    Your article on the shackling of prisoners during labor and delivery was well written (“Doing Time and Giving Birth,” April 20). As a labor and delivery nurse, I have taken care of patients who are in custody. Any patient who comes through my door is treated the same; I don’t care if she is a relative of a hospital vice president or a drug addict. It is so nice to see an article that actually addresses this topic as there are many nurses who are not comfortable with the situation and do not want to care for these patients.

    Jill Pearlstein



    Doing this collection to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Rosie’s Place with a great selection of writers who have a connection to New England was a wonderful idea (“Opportunity Knocks,” April 20). Some of the 40-word shorts made me grin, others made my eyes tear. Thanks.

    Frank Barringer

    South Dartmouth

    Thank you for this wonderful collection of essays. While some of the authors’ names were familiar to me and some not, every essay was enjoyed immensely. I could even relate to quite a few. Excellent work all around.

    Margo McNair

    Concord, New Hampshire


    I’m not sure why, but the pictures affected me as much (sometimes more) than the words. Lovely idea.

    Marge Schiller



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    A thank you to Jim Braude for his recent article bemoaning the dearth of women being elevated to political or corporate positions of power in Massachusetts (Perspective, April 20). While I fully appreciate the attention he brought to this issue and agree that Massachusetts can always better its track record on promoting women, I do applaud the state and corporate choices of female executives thus far. We are now afforded female leadership of the utmost quality. From those successful female politicians and executives named in Braude’s article to other Massachusetts women in power positions, such as Carol Meyrowitz, CEO of TJX Cos., it is quite clear that Massachusetts can spot and promote a female superstar when there is one.

    Sheila Cunningham



    Hint to future treating of teens when dining out: Put the limit before they order in a nice way (Miss Conduct, April 20). We were a family of 8 kids. Ma and Grandma would state emphatically, but lovingly, “One item, kiddos!” And often, again in a nice tone, say the price limit. When ordering the large cone at Friendly’s, a “He’ll have the medium cone,” would be whispered with a wink to the waitress. At the first lick, any embarrassment or mild upset was gone.


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    As the mother of a teenage girl, I have to agree with ScratchCook. Set expectations up front. My daughter has friends that would think nothing of doing what the letter girl did, and I’ve had this happen, so now I know to put the limits on up front, and sometimes need to reel them back in. . . . I’m willing to bet that this girl would not have ordered the same way with her own parents or grandparents.


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    I think you are both missing the point. This was a one time occasion. . . . I think the grandparent who was upset with the girl is a cheapskate. We’re talking about the price of a milkshake here, not the filet mignon.


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