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Community News In “How To Be a Better Traveler” (September 13), Christie Matheson omitted one great way to feel more like a local: Read the paper. My husband and I subscribe to the online newspaper of the smallish community where we’ve spent seven straight vacations. Having decided to try another destination next year, we searched the Internet for its small-town papers. We gain exposure to community concerns and attitudes, sports and politics, as well as see ads for bookstores, grocers, and restaurants, all geared toward locals.

Sarah Jane Swart / Gloucester

Learning to Savor Roberta Martone Pavia makes a great point in “Finally, Job Security” (Parenting Traps, September 13). She humorously reminds us all to slow down and enjoy our offsprings’ childhoods. That is something often forgotten in our scheduled world of school, lessons, sports, and appointments.

Audrey Lampert / Newton

Sacred Text? Marianne Leone’s point in “Time to Hit ‘Escape’ ” is dead on (Perspective, September 13). The cultural incursion of modern technology is insidious, but also sometimes revealing about who we are and where we’ve come from. While on a job outside the office recently, our team was invited to lunch at the nearby home of one of our co-workers. Starving, I loaded my plate and began devouring pizza. When I looked up, I realized no one else was eating. They were sitting silently around the table, their hands in their laps, heads bowed. My first reaction was “How embarrassing! These good people are saying grace, and I’m stuffing my face.” Then I realized . . . they were texting.

Mark Rast / Westwood

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