Letters to the editor

Globe Magazine readers respond to recent stories. Plus, a call for submissions.


Just who are these folks who can afford the prices in “13 Communities Where the Real Estate Market is Sizzling” (May 11)? Places that were once affordable, working-class burbs like Somerville are boasting median housing prices of more than $400,000! With the average college debt at $30,000 and three unemployed for every job opening, how do people do it? I am so thankful I have a roof over my head, which I paid $82,000 for (and I thought that was a lot then, because my first home cost $21,000). I honestly don’t think I could make it starting out today.

Charlotte Burns


Interesting mix of urban, suburban, and rural. Good to see the market recognizing the value of real estate in the gateway cities of Lawrence and Lynn . . . both of which have some great neighborhoods and commuter rail access to Boston, as does Lowell, which is on the “Honorable Mention.”


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I think affordability was part of the thinking here. Lawrence is not more desirable than Brookline, obviously, but if you’re looking for something affordable in a community on the upswing (or historically stable), this is a pretty good list to start with. A lot of people might not consider places like Lynn, when maybe they should.


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Have to say that I love living in Roslindale. An incredibly diverse community, good local businesses and restaurants, and the friendliest of any Boston neighborhood I’ve lived in. Amazingly, people don’t hold it against you if you weren’t born here . . .   


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I loved Sidonia Dalby’s “One-Hundred-Year-Old Moms” (Connections, May 11). My 90-year-old dad reminded me that 70 years ago, on May 11, he was wounded in North Africa. My parents were high school sweethearts, and the nuns reprimanded my mom for stealing sugar from her dorm kitchen because sugar was scarce and rationed. She died in 2004, and I miss her every day, especially on Mother’s Day. She loved Bishop Fulton Sheen the way Dalby’s mom loved Mother Teresa. Such heartwarming memories and thank you to Dalby for touching on a few of her own.

Gina Sweeney Leahy

Exeter, New Hampshire

A wonderful tribute. I want to thank Dalby’s mom for her service to our country. When my dad was in the service, he became ill with malaria in North Africa. He always used to speak of the nurses who cared for him, how they were so very kind. He thought it was a wonderful service that they provided. So thank you, Sidonia Dalby’s mom, you represent all those women who left the comforts of home to serve. My dad appreciated your sacrifice.

Cathy Hughes



In response to “Is it OK to ask a party guest to stop texting?” (Miss Conduct, May 4), we need to realize that a smarter and more savvy generation has entered the workforce. Are younger generations expected to blindly honor past customs? Modern workers, spearheaded by the likes of Silicon Valley, may not honestly care about antiquated communication practices. While the father may look at his son as antisocial for preferring the ability to instantly communicate with friends and colleagues around the world, my generation looks at him as antiquated for not keeping up.

Selina A. Thadani


I’ve run into the “it’s rude not to text right back” thing from high school kids I work with as well. They seemed very surprised to be introduced to the idea that the person or situation you are actually in gets social precedence over the person trying to get your attention. They also seemed not to know the uses of a phone instead of a butler — you don’t have to answer every call if you don’t want to, which is why phones now have answering machines. I feel like an ancient saying “Kids these days!” but they do need to learn electronic manners as well.


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Who should make the Top 100 Women-Led Businesses in Massachusetts? The deadline is Friday for for-profit and nonprofit companies to take our survey to be considered for this year’s list. The results will be published in October. To learn about the criteria and find the survey, visit The Commonwealth Institute’s website at

Susanne Althoff


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