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    Letters to the editor of the Boston Globe Magazine

    Readers weigh in on the Fall Travel issue, immigration affecting population, teacher appreciation, and more.


    I enjoyed reading “Turning Points” (September 17), but as a Great Barrington resident, I wanted to suggest [another] place to eat. Pleasant and Main in Housatonic, just minutes away from downtown Great Barrington, has big windows facing Flag Rock; the view is great and the food even better.

    Kathy Schmidt / Great Barrington

    If you go to Great Barrington, get thee to SoCo Creamery. Their homemade ice cream is spectacular but their homemade hot fudge and hot caramel sauce is out of this world! Eat a sundae there and take some home for gifts. . . . Forget that trite bottle of wine as a hostess gift; bring hot fudge and caramel.


    7continents / posted on

    Roads to Birmingham

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    Interesting and informative article on Birmingham, England (“From the Ashes,” September 17). It sounds like it’s come a long way from the drab industrial city I remember. But no mention of “Spaghetti Junction,” a cluster of roadways perhaps only someone who has driven in Boston can appreciate?

    Mark Spector / Southborough


    Nice article on a terrific museum (“Vision in the Ozarks,” September 17), which I’ve visited multiple times. Same with Eureka Springs. But was the “if it was known at all” [comment about Bentonville] necessary? Regional prejudices spring up in the strangest places. Whatever one may think of Walmart (their response to Hurricane Harvey and other disasters might surprise some), its home in Bentonville ensured much more worldwide fame for that area in recent decades than the Boston Globe Magazine will ever garner.

    sideflare / posted on


    Regina Cole’s article almost made me want to go to Arkansas to see the Crystal Bridges museum. However, Moshe Safdie, the building’s architect, is in Somerville, and he is responsible for many buildings in Massachusetts. Citing his design for the Peabody Essex Museum addition rather than the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles might have been more on point.

    David Bonetti / Brookline


    Immigration, family planning, and even tax reform are all inextricably linked to population, and the effects should be part of the policy-making process (“We Don’t Know How Policy Affects Population, and That’s Dangerous,” September 17). But we need a lens that makes connections between human rights, environmental protection, and population dynamics, because a growing population isn’t an irrefutable social good.

    Exploding populations put a strain on the planet. They contribute to habitat destruction, as wild places are paved over as cities expand. Larger populations also mean more people emitting greenhouse gases, pushing us closer to climate disaster. We need leaders who can connect economic growth, quality of life and demographic shifts for better human and environmental outcomes. It can’t just be about Social Security and gross domestic product. We shouldn’t depend on population growth as a way to justify poor policy-making or prop up broken systems.

    Stephanie Feldstein

    Portland, Oregon


    Population and Sustainability Director, Center for Biological Diversity

    This article at least raises fair questions even if it apologizes for doing so. Manipulating the population is a logical progression of the discussion. Such a discussion is uncomfortable but examination of the topic without the uncomfortable discussion is fruitless.

    globethinker / posted on


    Janet Damaske’s piece about the lessons from one particular preschool (Connections, September 17) contains all the elements of not only good — but great — writing. Hire Damaske on as a full-time columnist, and give her the leeway to write about whatever she chooses. If you do, I’ll resubscribe even though I moved to North Carolina six years ago.

    Lorraine Lordi / Asheville, North Carolina

    Wonderful! This is a mind-opening article. It should be distributed to all parents and caretakers at school orientations and parent orientations.

    Cynthia Keohane / Littleton, Colorado


    Miss Conduct’s reply to E.S. about how young couples send “thank yous” for wedding gifts was way off base (September 17). E.S’s reference to her own chipped crystal wedding gift and its associations with the giver’s daring escape from Nazi Germany were both relevant and poignant. Couples who don’t write personal thank yous will never associate a gift with its giver’s human story three decades later. And even the writer’s complaint about the “arty” online photo while extolling her own special stationery was apt: The stationery was meant to delight the recipient, while the photo was a narcissistic gesture on the part of the newlyweds.

    James Berkman / Boston

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