While I agree with Kara Baskin that staying at home can sometimes be the best summer vacation and that standing in lines stinks (Perspective, May 26), she has yet to truly experience Maine if her impression is that it means standing in line and negotiating crowded parking lots. Kittery? Might as well stay in Massachusetts. In fact, I bet that’s where all those people in her horrific Bob’s Clam Hut experience were from. Maine is a huge state that offers more summer fun — both on the coast and inland — than the rest of New England combined. Those who stray farther north than Kittery (or Moody Beach in Wells, sometimes known as the “Massachusetts Riviera”) will find hundreds of clam huts that are just as good as Bob’s with no lines at all. And there’s plenty to do besides eat seafood — everything from lakes, beaches, and hiking trails to events like Waterville’s Maine International Film Festival in July. One of the great appeals of Maine is that it’s eclectic, easy, quiet, and there’s plenty of room to spread out. So if you can brave the congestion long enough to get past Portland, come on up. Just don’t tell anyone else, OK? Last thing we want up here is to start sitting in traffic and standing in lines.
Maureen Milliken / Belgrade Lakes, Maine
What a miserable person. No humor in that article at all, just one big complaint. Seriously, get a grip.
Brigitte Beauchesne / Dracut
I would like to thank Baskin for removing herself from the Maine and Cape Cod and Islands gridlock this summer. Nothing spoils an ice cream cone or fried clams more than a sourpuss who mutters, scowls, and complains her way up the line. She’s better off at home, and we’re better off without a Moody Milly spoiling our fun.
Brenda Kestenbaum / West Hartford, Connecticut
“NO SPARKS” SOLUTION
Sadly, the Globe Magazine is a champion of awkward first dates — sending innocent Arielle and Nick to Dinner With Cupid (May 19), a meeting they know will be recorded in painful detail and judged by the readers. Ninety percent of Dinners With Cupid end with “There was no chemistry.” How about a rollerblading first date? Or going to a Boston Cares event or a mutually interesting Meetup? My prescription for connection is a beautiful park in a sudden summer storm with fierce lightning and thunder. Guaranteed chemistry. At least electricity.
David Webster / Jamaica Plain
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