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    Letters to the editor

    Readers respond to stories on second-generation friendships, hockey, and warm places to escape the elements.

    Gracia Lam for the boston globe


    I have witnessed how dysfunction and dissension can carry down through generations, leaving younger family members caught in the middle and breaking family bonds. But I’d never heard of the opposite situation (Connections, January 27). So it was beautiful to read the story of Bill and Bob and how their legacy of love has carried down to their granddaughters. Thank you to Jenna Russell for sharing this wonderful story.

    Helen O’Donnell / Winchendon

    Absolutely charming essay. It’s lovely to think about the continuity of a friendship through generations.


    Wendy Smith / Newton


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    I loved Shira Springer’s piece on the lasting damage of the hockey lockout  (Perspective, January 27). I’m mad at hockey, have been since the first strike. With all of us living paycheck to paycheck and just trying to hold on to our jobs and homes, I’m not sympathetic. I was married in 1970, and we got home from our honeymoon just in time to see the Bruins win the Stanley Cup. I knew every player by name. Not anymore. I refuse to watch hockey and I refuse to be interested.   

    Linda Peterson / Acton, Maine 

    Interesting take, but I think Springer conveniently ignores the fact that for many Americans, regrettably, anything not named football is considered “second tier,” including baseball and basketball.

    Michael J. Pollack / Westfield, New Jersey



    The article about escaping the winter weather (“Winter Warmers,” January 27) had a lot of good suggestions, but it left out my favorite: the courtyard of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

    Anne Benaquist / Watertown


    OK, so finally Cupid’s arrow has landed a bull’s-eye. It was so refreshing to read about Caroline and Matt’s date and that they’re planning another get-together (Dinner With Cupid, January 27). Hooray! After weeks and weeks of cringe-worthy synopses of Cupid dates with the couples engaging in rude put-downs and snarky comments, I was happy to read that this young couple actually liked each other.  

    Natalie Cinelli / Methuen

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