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August 30, 2009

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To Light at Last Thank you for telling a story that deserves to be told (“Trapped,” August 9). I was the spokesman for the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority in 1999, and I lived it. As you know, the same day that Billy Juse and Tim Nordeen died in their Humvee in that tunnel deep under Massachusetts Bay, the bodies of John F. Kennedy Jr., his wife, and sister-in-law were recovered off Martha’s Vineyard. As a result, the tunnel story was buried; most people have no recollection of the tragedy when I bring it up today. Thank you for honoring these brave men who lost their lives doing dangerous work that most of us could never fathom.

Thomas Lee / North Andover

Excellent article -- well written, entertaining, and informative. The daily fortitude these guys had, and just seemed to take for granted, is remarkable. I remember exactly where I was when I heard about JFK Jr., yet I, like most everyone else, had no idea all this was going on.

Steven Auster / Holliston

I knew of this tragedy due to an unfortunate accident that killed my cousin Chris Primeau two years ago in Bellingham, Washington. Chris was working for Associated Underwater Services (which had the same owner as Norwesco did). He was diving in 130-plus feet of water when tragedy struck, and he paid with his life. He was from Fitchburg and had moved out to Washington to pursue his diving career.

John Laitala / Sterling

A truly amazing and intense article. Thank you for bringing the story of these brave men to the surface.

Kevin Gallagher / Stoughton

Thanks for the wonderful, beautifully crafted article. The Globe Magazine should do more of this type of writing instead of the

fluff stuff.

Donna Levin / Amherst

Soft Focus Last night I went out with a large group of women and someone brought up “Gisele’s Boston” (August 9). Everyone agreed that no one cares where she shops, eats, etc. There are so many other people and activities that should be covered. The idiot paparazzi should go to the local soup kitchen or playground for more interesting photos.

Judy Doherty / Falmouth

Stop the presses! News alert! She shops! She dines out! She may even be pregnant! Was it a slow news week, or am I hopelessly out of the loop here? I’m happy if Tom Brady’s happy (can’t hurt, right?), but I couldn’t care less about his wife’s life.

Susan Rooks / North Easton

The Believers Charles P. Pierce’s column on Cardinal John Henry Newman (Pierced, August 9) is offensive, condescending, and inaccurate. I find it difficult to believe that a respected journalist would be intentionally hurtful. What is the motivation for this scathing sarcasm and mockery of such an eminent man and his church? Is Pierce the victim of incomplete research, or is he simply ignorant of the facts, the integrity of deacon Jack Sullivan (the man testifying to his cure), and the extent of the supporting objective medical evidence? Pierce owes apologies to readers, who rely upon his accuracy and integrity, and to Catholics, who find such tabloid editorializing a disgrace and an insult.

Mark S. Lynch / Winthrop

Attention, Shoppers In “Cheap Thrill” (Perspective, August 9), Karen Propp does a wonderful job of capturing what makes the Goodwill shopping experience special for so many. Your readers might also be interested to know that Goodwill stores are run as social enterprises -- they support our mission to provide job training for people with disabilities and other barriers to employment. The stores provide jobs as well as good-quality, low-cost items for shoppers looking for value. We hope Propp and others will continue to support Goodwill.

Terry Fitzpatrick

Vice President of Social Enterprises

Morgan Memorial Goodwill Industries, Boston

I lived in North Kingstown, Rhode Island, for six years, and it’s what I lovingly refer to as “Consignment Shop Alley,” with no fewer than six consignment shops -- each with its own strengths -- along a 4-mile stretch of Route 1. I look forward to furnishing my own new house with everything old that will be new again.

Michele Page Sinotte / Norwood

For the past 25 years, I’ve been shopping at the Morgan Memorial Goodwill store in Boston, first when it was located on Berkeley Street and now on Harrison Avenue. I, too, meet people I know there, other astute shoppers whom I’ve gotten to know at “Morgie’s.” We greet each other, ask about one another’s families, and sometimes even brag about a particularly good purchase. I have beautiful designer clothes whose provenance I proudly declare whenever someone compliments me on them.

Carol G. Feldman / Boston

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