Letters to the editor of the Globe Magazine

Readers push for manual lawn mowers, offer suggestions for Maine’s best lobster festival, and more.


The Maine Lobster Festival in Rockland is good (“Weekend Fun Guide 2016,” June 5), but for a real Down East lobster festival experience, there is nothing like the Winter Harbor Lobster Festival (August 13). A multitude of activities occur on that day, and it coincides with the Schoodic Arts for All Festival (August 1-14), with workshops and classes in all facets of the arts, cooking, and woodworking, and a different musical or theater performance at historic Hammond Hall every evening. A side benefit is that the “real” quiet side of Acadia National Park is right in Winter Harbor with its newly opened campground. Schoodic Education and Research Center hosts birding and wildlife programs and exhibits. Check out the websites.


Rick Brown / Holliston


Your very timely essay is so right on (Perspective, June 5). Here we are in June, and, as usual, the suburban air we all extol is full of gas fumes, particles looking for a handy eyeball or lung to lodge in, and noise going straight for our ears from all the gas-powered landscaping equipment. We beautify our properties at our peril! Jamie Banks, quoted in the piece, is a rare bird, a scientist who can explain a serious problem in ordinary language and with a sense of humor, to boot. We were fortunate enough to hear her present her common-sense plea for environmental sanity at a recent meeting at our community forum. She is a compelling friend of our earth. Hopefully, we are smart enough to listen to her.

Judith P. Stone and Nancy Connery / Canton

I completely agree with Jon Gorey’s objections to gas-powered lawn mowers, but I don’t think he should so easily dismiss reel mowers, which produce no pollution at all. I have had both corded electric and reel mowers over the years and currently use a very robust reel mower. There is no doubt that one can get a cleaner cut with the electric mower, but my reel mower can be used at any hour because it’s so quiet, it doesn’t cause a whiff of pollution, and I get a great workout at the same time. The only other solution to pollution-free lawn maintenance may be a goat, but that has its downsides as well. I’ll stick to the reel mower. My lawn may not be perfect, but that’s a minor thing to consider when thinking about how our individual actions can help mitigate the threats posed by climate change.


Edwin Andrews / Malden

I have a patch-sized lawn at Hampton Beach and have used a manual mower since moving in 2013. The kind, as many passersby point out, used by our grandfathers. My little lawn is frequently called the best on the beach. Just think, no gas, no pollution, no cords. The only thing that runs out of fuel is . . . me. You should give one a try!

Bob Northam / Hampton, New Hampshire

I got a real kick out of the essay about not needing a power mower. In the 21 years we were homeowners in Quincy, we never owned a power mower — we used an old-fashioned rotary push mower. A power mower would have been overkill, considering the size of the yard. It was a decent-size city yard — we raised two kids there — but not power-mower size. Thanks for the memories.


Eileen Kelley / South Dennis

My mower, hedge trimmer, and the martini for after I finish. Granted, my neighbors think I’m nuts. The tools came with the house 22 years ago, and I’ve been too cheap to replace them.

Eric Hooper / Needham

Push mower, human powered. The only way to fly. It has a very simple but elegant design, and does the trick.

sapna / posted on bostonglobe.com

I think the pollution comments in this article are overblown. Much of the pollution that is mentioned is from stirring up dust from the ground, not from exhaust. That will happen regardless of what powers your lawn mower. As far as CO2, I use less than two gallons of gas PER YEAR to mow my lawn, a drop in the bucket compared to what most people consume driving to and from work. That said, if your lawn is small, I agree that a corded electric mower is great. My dad had one 30 years ago. It was lightweight and virtually maintenance free. If your lawn is reasonably big, though, it isn’t really an option.

EBBB / posted on bostonglobe.com


Congratulations, William Dameron, on a fabulous essay (Connections, June 5). As a divorce lawyer, I see so many marriages fail that I am often asked what makes one succeed. Your piece (“Lighting Dark Spaces”) says it all — respect, appreciation, love. It reminded me so much of my own wonderful marriage, which I treasure. We forget how inspiring it is to be with people who just adore each other. Thank you!


Marilynne “Mal” Ryan / Walpole

What an amazing essay! Please keep them coming. We want more William Dameron.

Patty Collins / Ashby


I’ll admit, I only read Dinner With Cupid after I look at the post-mortem grade and if they would go out on a second date. This last week (“Pho Sure,” June 5) perplexed me. We have two people who seemed to like each other and gave each other an A- and A+ However, they didn’t want to go out on a second date: “no chemistry.” I’ve seen many A dates in the column where they don’t want to go on a second date. Do they not understand the grading system? What kind of unattainable perfection are twentysomethings looking for? Or is this just from the generation where everyone got a trophy and now everyone gets an A?

Sue Casey / Salem

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