Thank you, Sarah Rodman, for the informative article about Nashville (“Nashville Calling,” March 18). It’s the only spot on my bucket list — the one place I want to visit in the very near future, and I hope it happens soon. I am an old-fashioned, analog type and have cut the article out to save for when I make it there! Not sure if the music or the hot chicken is tops on my list, but I’m excited to try both.
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The world is a better place because of the tenaciousness of Eunice Kennedy Shriver (“The Persistent One,” April 1). It’s sad that, to this day, mental illness and physical disabilities are still not widely understood. She made lives better with the Special Olympics and made us better for seeing these people not as victims, but as champions.
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God bless Eunice Kennedy Shriver and thank you, Eileen McNamara, [for] writing of her life and accomplishments. Two of my nephews are heavily involved in Special Olympics. One of them is enshrined in the Special Olympics Massachusetts Hall of Fame and will be representing Massachusetts at the national Special Olympics in Seattle this summer. Mrs. Shriver gave my nephews the same opportunity to become athletes that able-bodied and ably intellectual people have, and [the chance] to excel at athletics as well.
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I was so disappointed [by] Robin Abrahams’s response to the woman who wrote about how her family had forgot her mother, who is now elderly with dementia (Miss Conduct, April 1). In this case, the person reaching out would not be seeking a relationship, but the goal would be to bring some cheer to the mother through cards, edible gifts, and phone calls, even if the mom can’t contribute at all to the conversation. The caller can make conversation and bring a few laughs, or just take the mom out of boredom. I have found that the problem for most people is that when there is no return on their efforts, they give up. As far as “breaking your heart,” well, there are many very sad things in life, but when it comes to benefiting someone else, you sometimes have to suffer a little, and put yourself aside, to make it better for someone else.
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