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    Letters to the editor

    Boston Globe Magazine readers weigh in on junk e-mail, garden pests, doctors overtreating, and catching a black bear.


    Author Kara Baskin needs to read those unwanted e-mails a bit more closely (Perspective, August 5). Any reputable company, charity, government organization, etc. will include an “unsubscribe” option at the bottom of the e-mail. I make it a standard practice to use this option shortly after receiving my first e-mail announcing the many great deals and special news they have to offer. Now if I could only put a limit on how many posts some of my Facebook friends create.

    Scott A. Youlden / Bellingham

    Baskin did her readers a disservice by not mentioning the “unsubscribe” feature. Another consideration is to create a separate e-mail account that you use only for shopping and surfing the Web. I wish someone would publicize the pervasive use of forwarding that includes all of the e-mail addresses of the previous senders. This is like krill for those hackers. Use the BCC feature!


    Dorothy Fraser / Medford

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     Baskin should please do us all a favor and find “unsubscribe.” She could then confine both her time and musings to more worthy topics.

    Beverly Cooper-Wiele / Jamaica Plain

    This was the most hilarious thing I have read in a while and so true. Thanks for making my Sunday start so well.

    Abby De Molina / Tewksbury



    After years of trying to garden and having our hard-tended crops disappear, we’ve finally become older and wiser (Connections, August 5). We now go to the local farmers’ markets, save a ton of time, energy, and — we suspect — money, and eat lovely fresh veggies without the angst. We actually have enjoyed watching a baby woodchuck munch away under our bird feeders on recent mornings while we sip our coffee. We say live and let live and support local farmers.

    Roberta and Lincoln Clark / Bradford



    I read with interest Chelsea Conaboy’s article about Dr. Bernard Lown (“A Doctor of No,” July 29). I was an associate of Lown for 11 years, and he certainly influenced all who worked with him, as well as many others. Now I am a staff cardiologist at the West Roxbury VA hospital and have appointments at Boston University School of Medicine and Harvard Medical School. I continue to maintain my conservative approach to the management of patients with heart disease, and I am trying to instill this in the practice of the hundreds of young physicians I teach each year.

    Medicine today has changed and quite frankly has deteriorated in many ways. Physicians are no longer listening to patients and are not making decisions about therapy based on clinical and patient-related concerns. Rather, medical care is based on the results of lab tests, many of which are unnecessary. Physicians are favoring aggressive treatment because of a number of factors, including financial and malpractice concerns and inexperience in the clinical evaluation of a patient. The proliferation of lab testing has resulted in a marked escalation in medical costs and waste.


    Dr. Philip J. Podrid / Newton


    As a fan of black bears, I was extremely upset that the bear was knocked out of a tree in Brookline without waiting for a net to break his fall (First Person, July 29). With about 200 people close by, the bear was not going to come down from the tree before a net could be set up. I think somebody with some compassion ought to take Major Wilton Gray III’s place as the Massachusetts Environmental Police’s inland bureau chief.

    Joyce I. Keay / East Falmouth

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