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    Letters to the editor of the Globe Magazine

    Readers weigh in on a call to love your neighbors, what Dinner With Cupid participants get wrong, and more.


    I get that “Stuck” feels like she’s trapped in someone else’s house (Love Letters, October 8), but rather than get all bent out of shape about it, why not try to make it hers? It’s just a building, and this is the perfect opportunity to get rid of stuff, repaint, and redecorate according to her taste. It’s time for compromise, not moving out.

    Priscilla Lanigan / Worcester

    The ex-husband would be well served to file a petition to partition order in Massachusetts Land Court. The action results in the sale of the property and subsequent equal division of the proceeds.


    Paul ODonnell / Reading; Commissioner, Massachusetts Land Court


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    We’ve had the same neighbor for more than 20 years (“We Don’t Know Our Neighbors Anymore. Here’s What That Costs Us,” October 15). He’s from New York City. For years, I would wave to him with no response. Shoveled his driveway and walkway while he was in Florida a few times, always shoveled our joint mailbox. A few years ago I saw him at a trade show, and chatted him up. After a few minutes he said, “Where do you know me from?” Blew my mind.

    stpatty / posted on

    Isn’t is sad that today we think we need a newspaper to tell us to say hello to our neighbors[?]

    ArmySteve / posted on


    Meaghan McDonough missed the lesson when she contrasted her experience in Dorchester with her experience in Chelmsford. The lesson was not that we don’t know our neighbors, but that she found a community where she did: Dorchester. A more interesting story today, when divisiveness reigns and racism endures, would have been how she found community in Dorchester, and what she lost when she left.

    Jenny Moye / Dorchester


    I read with great interest Brenda Welch’s excellent essay about “Dinner With Cupid” (Connections, October 15). I am totally amazed at the outcomes even when the couple say they have had a nice time. I actually feel sorry for them. My husband and I dated briefly in college, then went our separate ways. Five years later we were encouraged by a mutual friend to give it another try — he believed we were made for each other. Next April we will celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary, so I guess he was right!

    Gail F. Leclerc / Arlington

    Thank you for beautifully saying what a significant segment of Dinner with Cupid readers has been saying for a long time. All these couples looking for some romantic movie version of a first date should go back and watch some of those movies. They all would have been over at the end of the first meeting.


    John Fitzgerald / Wakefield

    All nice stories, but remember, sometimes you gotta trust your instincts. Especially if your date is a creep.

    andreasm / posted on


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