Necee Regis owes her friend of 30 years a huge apology (Connections, March 10). Facebook is great for keeping in touch with friends and family, but it should not be a substitute for talking to friends on the phone or meeting them for lunch. Do you send your mother a Happy Mother’s Day e-mail? Don’t hide behind Facebook when you should be admitting that your efforts have been lame. So go ahead, call your friend, send her flowers, take her to lunch, and ask about her summer in Italy. In other words, be a friend.
Diane O’Kelly / Topsfield
Anyone who has a headset and does household chores has time to talk on the phone. Food prep, laundry, ironing, and sweeping all go well with phone chats. For an old-fashioned friend or poor old grampa, all you have to do is put a couple of those chores together and you have an hour.
Sue Cologgi / Lowell
I enjoyed reading the excerpt from E.O. Wilson’s new book (Perspective, March 10). We have a budding scientist in our family who I hope will follow Wilson’s advice and not let his dreams be “smothered by the trivial necessities of life,’’ nor be distracted by all those around him who have other motivations.
Yumi Sherman / Seattle
It’s interesting that just now, as I am grappling with a delicate situation regarding what to do with my life, my all-time hero of biology, E.O. Wilson, shows up with a tip. I have a master’s in environmental sciences, but it’s been very hard to find a job as a biologist. Nevertheless, Wilson’s words gave me enough confidence, at age 47, to try it again.
Gustavo Francisco Morejon / Cuenca, Ecuador
After reading “10 Questions to Ask When You’re Choosing a Summer Camp” (March 3), I was disappointed to see that no camps were listed for children with special needs. In the summer of 2012 my daughter started working at Camp Starfish in Rindge, New Hampshire, where children get the attention they need around the clock. I think anyone struggling with a child who has special needs would be happy to know that there are options for them, too.
Karen LeBlanc / Everett
One of the most important questions for a parent to ask is if a camp is licensed by the local board of health. While educational programs and short athletic programs are exempt, anything using the word “camp” is not. A licensed program is no guarantee of total safety, but it is a step in the right direction.
Thomas G. Carbone / Director of Public Health, Andover
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