Letters to the editor of the Boston Globe Magazine

Readers share their thoughts on what it means to be a citizen, Boston’s traffic woes, and more.

Pocket Potential

As a woman I agree wholeheartedly that women’s jeans — and women’s clothing in general — tend to be pocket-deficient (Cutting Edge, February 10). I am not sure whether to be amused, horrified, or resigned, however, by the photograph accompanying the article depicting a hipless person (who could be an adolescent male by body type) modeling the jeans.

Phyllis Schacht


Departing with Humor

I sit here with tears in my eyes after reading Phil Devitt’s article about his grandfather (Connections, February 10). The final sentence struck my soul, as my father might have said the same thing. Thank you to Devitt for the beautiful homage to his grandfather. I’m sure he would have loved it.

Betty Ungar Lapide


I’m now used to opening the Sunday Magazine backwards to Connections, fully understanding there might be a lump in my throat by the third graf. It’s a good hurt, a sensory response to a beautiful story beautifully told. Devitt’s story, however, just about did me in. His tribute to his grandfather was a valentine of the most precious kind.

Rachel Thomas


Citizenship on Hold


I was glad to see this Perspective about DACA immigrants here in America (“I’m a Rhodes Scholar. Do I Deserve to Be an American Citizen?,” February 10). We all want respectable and responsible immigrants to become US citizens sooner rather than later. The author, Jin Park, and thousands of others like him deserve immediate action by our representatives and senators in D.C.

Joel D’Errico


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Never have I read a more passionate, concise description of the impact that living in this country within the current political structure has had upon the lives of so many Dreamers. I have long held that the full impact of current immigration practices has been catastrophic to the lives of millions of innocents. I have struggled for some time to put a voice to the plight of Dreamers and what I knew to be true in a way others could understand and integrate into their own value system. I am most grateful to Park for offering his voice on this critical, timely issue.

State Rep. Diane Langley

Manchester, New Hampshire

Park is more American than any American citizen I’ve ever met, naturalized or native (yours truly included). Since the rise of that national shame known as Trump, I’ve been defending DACAs and those seeking refuge at our southern border to all comers, but I’m ashamed to say I never came close to his eloquent and reasoned words. All the qualities one looks for in a good citizen, Park has in spades: educated, socially and politically active, reasonable.

Malcolm Hein


I also hope our representatives in D.C. work out a fair DACA solution for hard-working Dreamers like Park. They may not all go to Harvard, but if they work, contribute to, and show loyalty to the United States, then they have earned the right and privilege of citizenship.

Patrick Mahoney

West Groton

Park is someone who could contribute a lot to our society, and every effort should be made to provide a path to citizenship for him, and for children brought here who are doing something meaningful with their lives. On the other hand, we have seen cases in which judges have tried to protect illegal immigrants who have been involved in violent incidents. I don’t believe that people with that type of history should remain.


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Summertime Reflections


This article (“Make S’mores, Make Lanyards, Make Friends,” February 24) whisked me back to 1957 and my first year at overnight camp. I went for 10 years, including as a counselor and still remember them as some of the best years of my life. I was a nerdy kid with glasses who loved to read, but camp made me realize I could do so much more.

Marcia Goldsmith Wilk


Thank you for two terrific articles about summer camp. As a former reporter and a current Camp Kabeyun parent and staff member, I think Meaghan O’Neill did a terrific job conveying how much children grow when we let them make their own choices and take (reasonably safe) risks, stretching themselves within a supportive environment. That is central to Kabeyun’s philosophy and she really nailed it in her writing.

Laura Remington


Dual Reality

I was struck by the juxtaposition of articles in the [February 24] Globe Magazine . “High Rent, Hard Times” provides a glimpse into the harsh reality of the working poor, disabled, and elderly who struggle daily to pay the rent and stave off eviction. On the very next page “Make S’mores, Make Lanyards, Make Friends” discusses the wonderful benefits and fun of summer camp. For me this one issue embodied the growing income inequality we so often hear about. The text of each article as well as the associated photos make clear that while we all reside in Massachusetts we really inhabit very different worlds.

Rosemary Torpey


Watching from Above

I typically do not write a response to articles, but this story by Mara Krausz moved me (Connections, February 24). I lost my dad when I was 10, and my mom and I relied on each other. Mom passed away last March; she was 89. We had many discussions and trips like Krausz did. As we held a Yahrzeit service at my house, I read her article to the group.

Stu Briefer

Lansdale, Pennsylvania

Traffic Problems

As someone who commutes daily to a Boston hospital from Metrowest, I read Tom Keane’s article with great interest (Perspective, February 24). While telecommuting sounds very appealing, especially on snow days, hospitals are among the state’s biggest employers, and most of us can’t do our work from home, because that isn’t where the patients are. I have seen the employment numbers correlate with the volume of vehicles on the road. But my question for him is how does he define off-peak commuting? I am on the Mass. Pike in Framingham by 6:15 a.m., and usually hit pockets of traffic heading into the city, especially after Route 128. Going home is worse, and I leave the city by 3 p.m., sometimes earlier. So while these ideas may sound good on paper, I don’t think most people can commute between 10 and 2.

Lois Finstein Parker



I read with interest this article and would support experimenting with discounted off-peak tolling (I’d also be OK with congestion pricing within reason and with adding tolls to Interstate 93). That said, Keane overlooks a well-known feature of roadway traffic: When congestion is reduced, new drivers are attracted by the decreased travel time until traffic becomes as bad or worse than it was prior to the reduction. This is why, before the completion of the Big Dig, many predicted, accurately, that the project wouldn’t have a significant impact on rush hour delays.

Steven Bergstein


Thank you for calling to the attention of the public and decision makers that solutions to our traffic woes do not necessarily have to cost over $1 billion. We each need to remember we share the road, none of us owns it. Perhaps some wordsmiths could make up slogans reminding us of this concept. I also suggest signage be improved. Poor signage leads to traffic slowdowns.

Marjorie Greenberg


As a former industrial engineer, I have a simpler solution: Get employers to stagger start times. That would smooth out the bumps. Have the mayor’s office get with larger corporations to work on a plan.

Roger Smith

Mobile, Alabama

The MBTA has become more expensive. I am unable to purchase an unlimited T pass for the month — but I would if the MBTA offered this option to regular consumers at a discounted price. It would be an incentive not to drive; and as Keane said, it only takes a small percentage decrease to improve traffic, and this would not require any infrastructure spending.

George Baquis


Telecommuting makes a ton of sense and most people with desk jobs not only could do it, but would probably love to do it for a day or two a week. There’s still a heavy stigma against it at a lot of companies, though, and even if you have a boss that probably would be fine with it, it’s still a difficult topic to bring up. As an employee you don’t want to be perceived as lazy. Employers need to be the ones to make the offer if they’re open to the idea.


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While I wholeheartedly agree that Boston has a traffic problem, I don’t believe in an easy fix. As a sales rep on the road every day I experience bumper-to-bumper traffic and not just during “rush hour,” however that may be defined. There are simply too many cars on the road! And to that, no mention of the hundreds or dare I say thousands of Uber and Lyft drivers prowling the roads and adding to the congestion.

Robert Draper


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