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    Give Gisele a break

    IN RESPONSE to all this ridicule against Gisele Bundchen ( “Bundchen comforts Brady but fires back at heckler,’’ Names, Feb. 7):

    Bundchen is the wife of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. She was being heckled by a Giants fan, after the Patriots’ Super Bowl loss.

    Do you think if she was your mother, wife, sister, or daughter, she wouldn’t take offense?

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    To anyone thinking she was out of line, think again, and remember the last time your family comforted you (or celebrated with you) after a close game.

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    Tracy George

    Jamaica Plain

    Better politics starts with how we perceive the game-playing

    WALTER V. Robinson’s piece on the late Boston mayor, Kevin White, characterizes politics as “the only Boston sport that matters most to many’’ (“Kevin White, clever rogue,’’ Op-ed, Feb. 4). If you read nothing more than this, you’d have a lot of insight into one of the great misperceptions of this Commonwealth.

    Politics is not a sport. Baseball and football are sports. Politics is the means by which we make decisions about how our children are educated, whether and where we will gamble, who is punished for what offenses, which parks are maintained and which are not. This is serious stuff, and the sooner we restrict our admiration for clever rogues to things that actually are sports, the better our politics will become.

    Tom Elliott