Readers shared their own gripes and tips about Logan Airport and joined the call to kindness.

November 29, 2009

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On the Fly Thank you for the informative “Insiders’ Guide to Logan” (November 8), which demystifies everything from travel routes to carry-on rules. The guide also conveys an alarming piece of information about a proposed policy to expand airport capacity by handling “a lot more traffic in the middle of the night.” This plan is seriously misguided; it risks further sleep disruption for citizens living under flight paths. Disrupted sleep has been associated with negative health outcomes, including increased car and industrial accidents, rising obesity rates, and cardiovascular disease. Concerns that include the public health impact of sleep disruption have already contributed to legal action against Logan on behalf of citizens in certain flight-path towns.

Jo M. Solet / Cambridge

I’m surprised Logan’s roadway network hasn’t become a major topic of complaints. The map that’s typically provided is a joke. I’ve made several exploratory trips in and around the airport trying to learn its left and right exit ramps, required right and left transitions, one ways, shortcuts, ups and downs, narrow gate entrances/exits, and parking areas. I’ve paid a few extra tolls just to learn the network. Yes, there are signs, but God help unfamiliar drivers trying to do a repeat loop when caught in fast traffic with buses. (Parking is too expensive!) Attempts at creating my own map resulted in a spaghetti drawing. I don’t need a Logan users’ manual, I need a good map!

Duane Walzer / Medway

Very good article about Logan Airport. However, two important omissions: The Logan Shuttle also runs from Peabody from the terminal on Route 1, and there was no mention of the cellphone parking lot -- a great innovation for those picking up arriving travelers.

Henry A. Tragert / Middleton

Thank you for the very helpful article, although you omitted the trials and tribulations of passengers who have artificial hips, knees, or other devices containing metal. We are automatically selected for screening, and that can range from the simple to the ridiculous. A few weeks ago, my husband and I (both in our 70s) took JetBlue to visit our children in Washington, D.C. In the very visible glass screening booth, the inspector poked my hipbone and asked what it was. She also asked what kind of underwear I was wearing and whether my hip was a prosthesis that could be removed! My grandchildren are still laughing at these strange questions, but I admit I left in tears of anger and frustration, vowing to fly only if absolutely necessary. There must be a better way.

Elinor Yeo / Newton

Our Better Selves I felt compelled to write after seeing Jack Stuart mentioned in “Have You Been Kind Today?” (November 8). Having known Jack for 20 plus years, the article doesn’t scratch the surface of what this man does each and every day as a kind individual. If there were more people like Jack, we’d be living in a much kinder, more loving world.

Regina MacLeod / West Roxbury

Your list of selfless, generous, kind things to do should include this: Donate whole blood, platelets, red cells, bone marrow, and organs. Many people are medically disqualified or simply can’t handle donating blood. So those of us who can should. It’s easy, takes little time, involves no physical danger, and demonstrably saves lives.

Steve Barrett / Beverly Farms

Great story on being kind. It’s hard sometimes having faith in society when I read the newspapers. I’ll never forget my high school classmate Steve Lanigan. Fresh out of the Marines and from serving his country, he stopped on a dark road in West Roxbury to help someone lying in the street. It was a trick, and he was robbed and shot dead. Sometimes a good Samaritan pays a price. I urge people to help by dialing 911 first. No doubt Sullivan is a real-life hero, and I hope he’s around if my family or friends need help. I wish you’d asked him if, in retrospect, it’s worth risking life and limb for an iPod.

Paul Phalan / Canton

I liked your article on kindness. However, I believe these comments are only the appetizer for a meal that we (especially young people) as a nation need to eat. I consider being kind to be pivotal for community building. Perhaps I’m not alone in my thoughts, and we (all of us, together) can move this along. I love an old quote by Margaret Mead that encouraged me to send you my thoughts: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens could change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

Dan Willis / Dorchester

Date Dilemmas What a marvelous, funny piece by Patrick McVay, “The Hard Work of Date Night” (Coupling, November 8). Simple, and packed with nonstop amusing material. Thanks for a very entertaining read.

Chuck Harrington / North Reading

We have date night at home. I love to prepare special meals, and we find it’s about the same effort as hiring a sitter, getting a reservation, and then executing it all. It’s also way less expensive, even if we opt for fancy takeout after the kids go to bed. And if while we’re sipping our wine and watching a movie “on demand” we decide we’d rather move, ahem, to a different room . . . we can! The key to all of this: Our kids are in bed and actually asleep by 8 p.m.

Robin Horrigan / Canton

OMG! I thought for a minute I might have written this article. Everything McVay said was so true to my life. Sometimes it really isn’t worth having a date night. Between finding a sitter, getting everything ready for my son to be put to bed, etc., I’m exhausted before we even walk out the door. Last spring, my husband and I took an overnight trip to Foxwoods. We had a nice dinner, gambled, stayed up until midnight, and slept until 11 a.m., checkout time. Honestly the sleeping-in part was the best part of our date.

Samantha Johanson / Danvers

Opting for Ink I enjoyed Jane Dornbusch’s piece about embracing her daughter’s tattoo (Parenting Traps, November 8). When our daughter was almost 18, she casually asked how we would feel if she got her bellybutton pierced. My husband and I figured it was a “small battle,” and he went with her to get it done. Fast-forward to college, and she asked how we would feel if she got a tattoo. We discussed the “where” and “what” and her future as an RN, so that her decision would be an informed one. Dad again offered to go with her if she opted to get it done. It seems her interest in a tattoo is on the back burner. I believe if we’d reacted differently, she’d probably have one now.

Maria O’Halloran / Wakefield

How about, what would I do if my child wanted to become a tattoo artist? Mine did, and is. I admit I hesitated at first, but I knew Molly was born with an incredible artistic talent and work ethic. I now embrace and brag about her career choice -- she’s supporting herself 100 percent as an artist. At 22, she’s smart, accomplished, beautiful, driven, and tattooed. My husband and I are very proud of her.

Joanne McKinnon / Gloucester

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