Letters to the editor

Globe Magazine readers respond to stories on social-media mistakes, valedictorian struggles, and how recipe cards connect us to the past.


The title of this story (“Six Ways Social Media Can Screw Up Your Life,” May 25) is slightly misleading. Social media didn’t ruin their lives, they did. Social media was just a vehicle.


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So many people, from preteens through fortysomethings, seem to have a lack of understanding of the consequences of their social media activity. It is truly stunning.


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The anonymity factor is apparent in news comment pages, as well as social media outlets. It can also be blamed for aggressive driving/road rage. Anonymity is the root of many social ills today, which is counterintuitive . . . our social selves evolved in face-to-face interaction.


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As the mother of a Belmont High School sophomore and as a former valedictorian, I read Jan Brogan’s essay “A View From the Top” with great interest (Perspective, May 25). I agree that students today are generally more stressed than they were 30 years ago, but the title of valedictorian is only one piece of that equation. Valedictorian was almost an afterthought at my graduation, and the only notice given was the honor of being mistress of ceremonies. The class poets received more attention! However, I see that as a more ideal balance — namely that valedictorian is simply one of many recognized achievements. Until we as parents and a society figure out how to change the message we send our children, we may have to take steps such as removing valedictorian selections from our schools.

Dorothy Bowe


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Brogan’s idea of dispensing with the valedictorian culture brings to mind some Third World leaders who demonized capitalism as the unequal sharing of our blessings in their embrace of socialism (equal sharing of our sufferings). Why demean any practice that encourages competition?

John Dinga



I found Maggie Mulqueen’s essay “A Recipe For Love” (Connections, May 25) an insightful look at family, inclusion, self-definition, and parenting. With few words, Mulqueen painted a rich portrait of a wide variety of issues that touch all of us.

John D’Auria


I loved Mulqueen’s “A Recipe for Love.” After making a New Year’s resolution to purge and simplify my life and home, I put most of my recipes on the computer. Nearly six months later, I still have not discarded the original recipe box overflowing with tattered and stained recipe cards written in longhand by some of my favorite people. The record albums have gone, the CDs are boxed and ready to go, but the recipe box will remain on my kitchen counter. And now I know why.

Debra Scannell


I had to smile at “Nothing touches me quite as deeply as when one of my now grown children calls home asking for one of my recipes.” I have three grown children and have had this experience many times since they have been on their own, and it always makes me feel warm and pleased that they are asking. I think that I couldn’t have done a bad job raising them if they have favorite recipes they want to share with their own families and friends.

Patricia J. Davis

North Falmouth


Mulqueen’s essay brought tears to my eyes. At a younger age, my mother put together a cookbook that we all still use often. One of the things I like most about it is her comments on recipes and where they came from: “that nice woman who sat next to us in Symphony” or “rather fussy to make but actually kind of fun” are typical notes. What a kind and careful father Mulqueen had. Thank you for this memory of him and her insight into our memories.

Susan Donnelly


I am always astounded at the wonderfully imaginative and completely evocative art by Gracia Lam for Connections. From the moon/baseball drawing that accompanied an essay some months ago in which a Red Sox game connected a father here and a son overseas in the military to the latest illustration of a heart-tabbed recipe file denoting a father’s loving preparation of a meal for his 12-year-old daughter, her work enhances every piece.

Mary Hyatt


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