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Readers react to the Top Spots to Live, Elizabeth Warren’s essay on Alzheimer’s, tear-free onions, and more.

The Price of Top Spot Dwelling

Despite what the [writer] says I don’t think the Green Line is driving up Medford prices all that much [“Top Spots to Live,” April 16]. Its expansion only really affects a small part of the city. I think it’s more driven by the continuing rise in prices in Cambridge/Arlington/Somerville. It’s a good alternative (especially in West Medford) for people looking for proximity to Harvard/Kendall. Not to mention a 12-minute commuter rail ride (for only $2.25) from West Medford to North Station. I[t] offers many quiet neighborhoods, but is very close to downtown.

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Time for some companies who are looking to relocate to look at smaller cities west of Boston. Homes are more affordable. Where do ordinary people live in these towns where a small house costs over a half million dollars? I live in Springfield, and my house, built in the ’20s, and in great shape, would sell for about 300 thousand dollars more if it were in the Greater Boston area. I am not a slave to the mortgage. I can be in Boston in an hour and a half and in New York City in 3ish hours. And plenty of other places also. Quality of life people, quality of life.

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Thoughts on Research, Warren

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As Senator Elizabeth Warren reminds us, federally funded research is crucial to our long-term health and well-being (“Slashing Research Funding Means We’re Giving Up on Alzheimer’s, Clean Energy, and More,” April 16). Studies that arise from these investments examine questions of human health that would otherwise go unanswered, while also benefiting everyone, directly or indirectly. In order for America to remain the leader in biomedical research, Congress must increase the budget of the National Institutes of Health and other agencies. The return on investment in dollars and health will be enormous.

Edwin Andrews

Administrative Director, Massachusetts General Hospital Translational and Clinical Research Centers

As someone who is a 24/7 caregiver for a spouse with Alzheimer’s, I hope Warren will continue to fight for more research funding. The Trump budget is frightening — so much money to kill people and much less to find cures.

Lynn Gaulin

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North Attleborough

Alzheimer’s is one of the cruelest of diseases. The number of people diagnosed with it is huge. The projected numbers are staggering. Warren needs our help and support as she fights for increasing the NIH budget.

Peter Clemons / Somerville

The Perspective essay by Warren illustrates exactly what goes wrong when taxpayer money funds private institutions, like medical schools, where biomedical research takes place. Research grants awarded to universities come with overhead rates that can reach almost 100 percent of the grant. That results in universities depending upon the government to fund their operational costs. Many researchers are required to cover 100 percent of their salaries, their support staff, and supplies with grant funding. That’s NIH money. A measure of success for an academic researcher is the amount of indirects (money to cover overhead costs, negotiated separately with the government) brought in. Warren needs to get out of her “more money equals success’’ mode and take an objective look at how successful drugs are brought to market.

Lisa Ganley / Newton

I am not a fan of Warren the politician, but her Perspective piece moved me to fandom of the humane Liz.

Robert Dinaburg

Dover, New Hampshire

Tear-Free Onions

What’s with “ . . . cutting the onions near a flame was a close second. If you have a gas stove, turn on a burner and work near it. If your stove is electric, try a candle or two” (Cooking, April 16)? Rather than risking burned hair or fingers, dampen a paper towel with white vinegar, put it on your cutting surface, and cut the onion on top of it. It prevents tears and absorbs the odor.

Margo Volterra / Newton Highlands

Hunting for Hiding Places

I had the biggest belly laugh after reading the afikomen question (Miss Conduct, April 16) and her (as usual) astute and witty response. Thanks, I needed that!

Rick Gilberg / Swampscott

That letter about where the afikomen was hidden brought back childhood memories: Where did crazy Uncle Herman hide it this year? Hiding the afikomen in the toilet tank does seem a bit far off the path of religious tradition.

Hank Manz / Lexington

The State of Autism Care

Alysia Abbott’s essay regarding her son Finn made me think (“We’re Already Aware of Autism. Now Let’s Do Something Radical,” April 9). Two of my three daughters have worked for years with autistic children. A good pal of mine has a son with Asperger’s. Through my daughters and friends I have seen other ends of the system: how children — often with multiple issues and rarely with a mother like Abbott or a father to care — survive or not. Yes, they appropriately closed Fernald and Medfield (and many others), but what care and support have we provided for families in stress? Her note for thoughtfulness and compassion is a more than appropriate reminder for all of us.

Kenyon Hodge / Dover

Abbott’s cry that we should “actually help families who are living with autism every day” is weakened by her celebration that her son will never go to the now-empty Walter E. Fernald Developmental Center. By closing Fernald, Massachusetts took away specialized autism services in a public residential community in Metro Boston, respite care for family caregivers, and intensive training for professionals interested in developmental services. As we seek to help families who are living with autism, let’s remember to try to enlarge the supply of resources, not rob one group to offer a pittance to another from a shrinking pool.

Diane Booher

Westborough

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