Letters: September 2007
You Missed a Spot
Naturally, when we learned Boston magazine would throw its Best of Boston party at Carson Beach, we expected to see South Boston “bests” prominently featured in that issue [August]. Now, Boston is a notoriously difficult publication to navigate, with nuggets of content buried in a forest of ads. The Best of Boston issue, though, is an impenetrable tropical jungle—a real doorstop of a magazine. But we stoutly persevered, only to find—hours later—a scant handful of entries having to do with South Boston, among them Barbara Lynch, the Barking Crab, and the Boston Children’s Museum. Excellent choices by anyone’s standards, but a very shallow treatment. (Oh, well—Dorchester was only mentioned once that we could tell, for Dbar.)
Surprisingly, there were far more “bests” in Cambridge, Somerville, and the ’burbs than in all of the true Boston neighborhoods. People are moving out of the city proper, patronizing other establishments as they go, and as a result the Boston survey is becoming a “Metro Best” listing. It’s no longer the “Best of Boston.”
Boston magazine didn’t name Carson Beach or Old Harbor as a “best,” but last month, that’s where they chose to have their awards party. For one night, that South Boston location was the “best” for them.
Makes sense, doesn’t it? We hope not.
Senior editor, South Boston Online
I just finished “The Entitlement Slayers” [July] while spending my one-week vacation at my grandfather’s cottage in Marshfield. I am not usually an offense-taker, but wow, did I take offense at some of the things I read about my generation.
When I graduated and started interviewing in corporate America, I debated over the necessity of wearing nylon stockings to cover the inch of leg that might show between my closed-toe pumps (not flip-flops) and the bottom of my pants hem. I attribute my firm handshake to my parents, and view it as a life skill, as I, too, tend to disregard both men and women with a weak one almost immediately. Three years post-graduation, I am now a merchandise planner at Gap Inc. And as I find myself sitting next to 30-year-old colleagues, I don’t think I am entitled; rather, I feel that what I have was gained through long hours and steady determination.
I am writing to commend you on the article about the state of the Boston Pops’ Fourth of July concert [“The Maestro to the Rescue,” July]. For as long as I can remember, I have loved the Pops concert, always going on July 3 for the rehearsal. I would try to have my family come visit so that they could share in a memorable Boston experience, and we were never disappointed. The atmosphere, the choice of pieces, and the presentation were all that a Pops concert should be. When Keith Lockhart became conductor, though, I went to one of his first concerts and have never been back. The whole thing changed from an enchanting Boston experience to a hodgepodge of selections more geared to a rock crowd.
I have been truly disappointed, more and more each year, as I have seen the concert get further and further away from the original Pops concept. Thank you for validating my opinions, and I hope your article is taken very seriously by the Boston Symphony/Pops organization. It is something all Bostonians hold dear and have always been proud of. Hopefully, it can become that again.
Carol Ann Gould
We were delighted that Crane Beach in Ipswich was ranked fifth among the region’s top 10 beaches [“New England’s Best Beaches,” July]—and also that the article mentioned the public transportation that is available from the Ipswich train station to the beach on summer weekends. Such publicity is vital to keep this rail-bus connection operating.
We appreciate all the passengers we can get, as the funds for this shuttle service are due to run out at summer’s end. As a public-spirited citizens’ group we are intent on furthering public transportation for a cleaner environment, and we hope to make the Ipswich service a model for other communities to follow.
After reading your article on the best beaches in New England, my wife and I decided to try out Duxbury Beach, which was on your top 10 list.
We are writing to let you know our experience was horrible. This may be a public beach in a legal sense, but when you get there, the locals—including the police officer working as a parking lot attendant—do everything they can to make you feel completely unwelcome. A place so inhospitable to newcomers does not deserve the attention your magazine gives it.
Out of Focus
Your portrayal of Channel 25 news anchor Maria Stephanos [“Foxy Lady,” June] gave the impression that she is only something good to look at. Yes, she’s beautiful, and in her line of work that’s an asset, but sometimes it does hurt to be good-looking. People can’t get beyond the surface—which seems to be your problem in this article. (What did you mean by the comment “Sad, right?” on how she once was a waitress at Cheers?)
You could have focused on how a charming, happy, hometown girl from Groveland made it on her own—dare I say, the American dream come true? You could have mentioned how devoted Maria is to her children and her husband. Instead, you chose to write about her only as a sleek object and a prize for Fox.
Maria does charity benefits and successfully raises money for a variety of causes to help others. She is a good person, and talented in many things. She is multifaceted—not one-dimensional, as your article was.
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