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Readers respond to an essay on one town’s response to hate and one writer’s experience losing her grandmother and ties to Syria.

TONE OF THE TOWN

I understand Linda K. Wertheimer’s respect for Paul Garrity’s approach to the recent situation in Lexington (“Why It Matters When a Town Rallies Against Hate,” July 23). I was fortunate to be a parishioner of Father Paul when he was the pastor at St. Mary’s Parish in Lynn. He reached out to people of many nations, religions, and cultures and is proof that integration and education are the answers to many of society’s ailments.

Susan Ludwig Calnan / Lynn

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One antidote to hate is living in a community where everyone is a little different. One reason we moved to Malden 30 years ago was that it was a diverse community with a modest Jewish population. Although much of that population has moved or died, we are glad to be here because of its diversity in race, religion, and national origin.

Edwin Andrews / Malden

LOSING SYRIA

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I am always hit hard by a story like Alia Malek’s (Connections, July 23). I can’t imagine having to give up my country and watch it fall into ruin. I will definitely read her book, The Home That Was Our Country.

Claire Amirault / Amesbury

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