While the “Patriots’ Debate” article (Versus, April 1) was interesting, as a resident of Warwick, Rhode Island, I say Kevin Slane and David Filipov are both wrong. As we all know down here, the attack on the HMS Gaspee off Warwick’s shores in 1772 predates your nice little skirmish up there by three full years. Though it is lesser known than the shots fired in Lexington and Concord, the story is actually very compelling. I know you have that nice little race and a state holiday on Patriots Day, but we have a 5K, an arts and crafts festival, a period encampment, and mock burning of the Gaspee every year.
Tom Portesi Jr. / Warwick, Rhode Island
Schooling the Competition
Hurray for the great article about Boston being the nation’s college capital (Perspective, April 8)! I am particularly impressed that the authors specifically admonished colleges (and their students) to remember the liberal arts. Centuries of human wisdom should not be cast aside or minimized because of the current narrow focus on STEM jobs or professional athleticism. My father, born in 1909, always told his eight children, “There will always be jobs for those who know how, but they will be found working for those who know why.” The liberal arts teach us critical thinking skills, as well as the cycles of history that should not be repeated. Let’s give our students all the tools to succeed and be good citizens of the world, not just the good little American consumers that our society currently seems bent on producing.
Joy Michaud / Newbury
Boston would do well to re-engineer education. We are asking 18-year-olds to determine what direction of employment they are going to want for the rest of their life. This is absurd. Additionally, a great many degrees are not adequate to get a job in that area of study: psychology, sociology, English, political science, history, and the list goes on. Colleges need to inform students they will, in all likelihood, not get a job in their field of study after graduation. Colleges should fix this.
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The compassion and generosity of Laura Benedict, owner of The Red Barn, is limitless (“A Restaurant’s Saving Grace,” April 8). She has brought happiness to many individuals in our community. She provides complimentary meals to hospice patients and has been the light amid the darkness, offering assistance to families who have encountered unexpected tragedies. I am proud to know her.
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