I really think Miss Conduct got it wrong in her advice to the person complaining of having to make a “loud beep” in order to get a neighbor’s dog out of the street (June 24). Call animal control? It’s not as if the dog were foaming at the mouth and attacking people. Then the letter writer actually e-mailed the neighbor and supposed friend. Again, come on. If my friend’s dog were in the street, I would walk the dog back to her yard — at the very least, I would call. People are so callous and impersonal in their interactions with others these days — and the slightest bit of inconvenience seems to make people feel entitled to an apology of epic proportion. This is life, people. There are annoyances and inconveniences — and times when you must go out of your way, even it’s only slightly, to help a friend. I don’t think having to make a loud beep entitles you to anything but being called a selfish boob.
Colleen Carroll / Plymouth
WORKS FOR MY MARRIAGE
What an amazing thing to read Joan Bolker’s essay about playing Scrabble with her husband every night (Connections, June 24), because that is what my husband and I have been doing since December. My husband agreed only if we would not keep score, but he still points out when a high-value letter of his lands on a double or triple letter score. Where it was originally my idea to play, he’s now the one to pull out the game after dinner. We’ll be married 44 years next month, and at our age, the ability to retrieve the right word is a struggle. Scrabble provides the exercise our brains need. Playing has also brought us closer.
Nancy Deshaies / Yarmouth Port
DRINKS FOR NONDRINKERS
My hat’s off to Adam Ried and the Globe Magazine (Cooking, June 24) for the wonderful lassi recipes. As someone who doesn’t drink alcohol, I have long lamented that newspapers offer so few booze-free drink recipes; in fact, I’ve been to parties where there was absolutely nothing interesting for a nondrinker. But Ried provides an exciting alternative: drinks that are different, refreshing, easy to make — and alcohol-free. Party hosts, take note!
Donna Halper / Quincy
Bravo to Phil Primack for his column “Idle Thoughts” (Perspective, June 17). I frequently see people letting their motor run when they’re not actually driving, a habit I find inexplicable and appalling. And the remark from Boston’s acting commissioner of inspectional services, Bryan Glascock, about building peer pressure to prevent it is right on target. Sign me up. (And in addition to the “old beliefs that simply don’t hold up with modern cars” that Primack lists, I’d like to add another: Listening to the radio without the engine running does not significantly drain your battery under normal conditions.)
Henry Stimpson / Wayland
One place I almost always turn my car off is at railroad crossings. Once the lights start flashing and the gates come down, it’s invariably at least two to three minutes before you’re permitted to proceed. If you see a freight train, you can sit for well over five minutes.
Carol Bailey / Waltham