Letters to the editor of the Globe Magazine

Readers respond to an essay on ill humor and politics, a profile of Michael Felger, and a piece on oversharing medical details.


Please thank Aprill Brandon for expressing so wonderfully in her Perspective essay how I, too, feel about the so-called comedy of our current political situation (“American Politics Is So Funny I Forgot to Laugh,” July 30). It might indeed be funny if it wasn’t so tragic. Hopefully Ruth Bader Ginsburg was right when she told the BBC: “A great man once said that the true symbol of the United States is not the bald eagle; it is the pendulum, and when the pendulum swings too far in one direction, it will go back.”

Jesse Heines

North Chelmsford

I really appreciated this essay. Like the writer, I feel as if I’ve been living in some weird alternate universe or dystopian novel since November. A sense of humor is one of the most important things a person can have, and laughter has great healing power, but I, too, find it difficult to make jokes when so much is at stake. She expressed with eloquence and humor what many of us are going through.


Sue Zimmerman / Lexington

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Brandon calls herself a humor columnist. My advice to her is to continue to delete her jokes. They are horrible and hateful. The world has enough hate.

Karen Schug / Beverly

Saturday Night Live was having a field day during the primaries, and then the results came in. Kate McKinnon’s subsequent “Hallelujah” rendition brought us into a reality that we never expected. The humor since has really been retaliatory sarcasm because the intended targets don’t have the ability to laugh at themselves. We cringe at the news and hope for relief when we watch SNL or [Stephen] Colbert.

Rick Semerjian / Belmont



I wholeheartedly enjoyed the piece on Michael Felger (“Mouthing Off,” August 6). I listen to him all the time and just love him. As an aside, when I rescued my beloved Australian shepherd five years ago, I named him Felger. I live in Western Mass., and most guys who ask what the dog’s name is get a real kick out of it. He is a great dog, and I think Michael Felger is a great guy, on and off the air.

Jane Kelly

East Longmeadow

Maybe Felger knows the right buttons to push for contract renewal, but, trust me, there are millions of Boston sports fans who don’t fall within the number-one age group and wait with bated breath for the gospel of the sports airwaves. It is admirable that he has family values. Too bad they don’t carry over to callers. Hanging up on a 12-year-old! Really?

John L. Gormley / Salem

Thanks for the interesting and entertaining piece on this talented radio host. As a non-Boston sports fan (though I live here), I think he’s spot on. With so many homers in this town who now see winning championships as a birthright, I believe Felger does an excellent job taming his audience and being fair.

Robert W. Lougee III



I like Felger, I think he runs a great show. [Tony Massarotti] is [whiney] but Felger keeps him on task for the most part. [Jim] Murray has grown on me but Felger is the best. Oh, and I’m a woman listener who doesn’t wear a pink hat.


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The title of the article says, “we can’t stop listening .”  .  .  . I never started. The guy is way too negative, and his sidekick. They make me cringe and feel like nothing is right with the world. No thanks.


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Talk radio is a group of blind people trying to describe an elephant. Sports talk shows are at the bottom of a barrel of waste. However, figuring out how to get paid doing something useless and infantile is clever. In his own words, “You show up, you get to stir the crap.” Perfect.


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I am in complete agreement with everything Sally Koslow wrote in her Perspective essay (“Woe Is You,” August 6). Ain’t it the truth!

Beebe Sinofsky / Newton

Amen and thanks Sally! Our lives are defined by what we choose to think about and talk about. And the goal, as Ashley Montague observed, is to die as young as possible as late as possible.


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Koslow needs to chillax. Navigating medical care can be both challenging and scary. I personally appreciate the advice and insights that people who have gone through a particular situation provide, especially in our current political situation and the debate around how to best tackle health care “efficacy” and costs. If Koslow would rather talk about the president (speaking of depressing subjects), she can always change the topic of conversation, but she should not be discouraging an open conversation about health care and health care issues.

Carol Hicks / Wayland

I agree people can go overboard. Nobody likes to hear about someone’s gout woes for the 40th time. But, I like knowing how my friends are doing. Share ideas for what works, particularly those that are non-pharmaceutical. And clearly the author has not [had] many friends who have recently died, or she would know that keeping tabs on things like that gives you time to offer to help or to know when things are getting bad for them.


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Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I regularly take a break for a few days from a few circles I meet for coffee and conversation. I also see Caller ID names of a friend or two and don’t pick up. I have my own health issues but downplay them on purpose. Even when I or a few others try to turn the talk to movies, sports, TV shows, or books, some others find a way to deflect and return to their latest ache, pain or accident. Don’t even go to medications. That cue is usually my time [to] take my leave to say I’ve got to go to this or that.


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