Letters to the editor of the Boston Globe Magazine

Readers weigh in on issues facing baby boomers, Miss Conduct’s take on a parking dustup, and more.

Parking Problem

I was so surprised and disappointed to read Miss Conduct’s reply to the writer regarding her experience in the Market Basket parking lot (Miss Conduct, May 27). To call a 70-year-old woman spry and say that you admire her courage in going to a busy grocery store is ageism at its absolute worst. Hillary Clinton is 70, Donald Trump is 72. I think that they would both take great offense if they were characterized in that fashion, one of the few things they might agree on.

Judy Hershey / Jamaica Plain

Spry is an adjective reserved for nursing home residents attending their chair-exercise classes — or perhaps the 90-year-old neighbor who still cuts [the lawn in] his own small yard. Look around you! Seventy-year-olds are leading corporations, running marathons, and still performing surgeries.

Jane Holden / Watertown

Aging Activists

A baby boomer myself (“Toned Down, But Not Tuned Out,” June 10), I note many ball caps and bumper stickers proclaiming pride in being a Vietnam veteran – notwithstanding the disgusting treatment upon return home. Conversely, I have noted no pride exhibited by those who were once proud and opportunistic draft dodgers.

Raymond Brown / Londonderry, New Hampshire

Headed to Court


Thanks for a great article by Dan Morrell (“Picking Up Pickleball,” June 10). Lexington just lined six new outdoor pickleball courts . It’s a challenge keeping up with the demand. When Dan retires from pickup basketball, we will have a place for him.

Peter Sullivan / Stoneham

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There have been many articles about pickleball in local newspapers, but this is the best one. Dan’s article contains well balanced information with a humorous touch. What I like the most is the brief history of pickleball in New England included in it.

Yaeko Jacques / Ayer

Struggling to Downsize

I’m one of those boomers: the house my wife and I own is worth a fair bit, but the idea of moving to a condo is out of the question (“Hanging Tight in Suburbia,” June 10). The over-55 communities in town are $500,000 or more. And while it would be nice to try city living closer to Boston, there’s just no way we can afford it.

James A. Vander Poel / Northborough

If you like your house, you can keep your house. Refinance as much as the bank will give you. Invest in an index fund. When the time comes, use the profits to put in a stair lift or elevator, fund Uber rides, buy plane tickets, etc.

eorlns / posted on

What we’re seeing now is that both the boomers and their children are essentially competing for the same limited supply of small-to-modest-sized condos and homes in walkable neighborhoods near the T. The best solution is to create more of those places by building more housing in our historic downtowns and around transit stations, and by expanding public transit service throughout the state.

cden4 / posted on


Also adding to the lack of available “downsizer” homes are [the] many single people now buying those smaller condos because they are delaying marriage and families.

Sharon Powers / Auburndale

My wife and I lived in the city for over 20 years, in a three-family condo built into the side of a hill. At our age, living on the third floor and shoveling snow gets problematic. The best we could do was a lateral move in another part of the city, still having to cough up more money. We went back to our home state, Maine. We found a place 10 minutes to Portland. It has everything on one floor and better yet, someone else cuts the grass and shovels the snow.

Doug Baird / South Portland, Maine

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