April 11, 2010

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All in the Family Thanks for the great story about the old family sign business in Worcester (“Signs of the Times,” March 21). Worcester feels like part of my extended family, with various Swedes on my dad’s side of the family ending up working there for Washburn and Moen wire and for Norton Abrasives, and with Uncle Ebenezer, who married into my mom’s side of the family, working for the streetcar company. I enjoyed how Charles P. Pierce got the personality of Worcester across.

David Larsson / Haddon Heights, New Jersey

I’m the daughter of George and Dolly Kachajian, and I’m so happy you wrote about my parents, who have dedicated their lives to Macey Sign. My father is so proud of his company and has always been a workaholic. I remember him telling me when I was young about Charlie Gibbons and pointing to his picture under the cracked glass hanging in the shop. To this day, when we are driving, he will point out signs he has done. Macey Sign has always been a big part of our lives, and I think he has done Pierce’s family and ours proud.

Karen Marlowe / Holden

Many thanks for “Signs of the Times.” History “writ small,” and great fun.

Donald Benders / Newton

What a great piece. I, too, was close to my grandfather and think of him most every day. I thank you for sharing this story and the history of Macey Sign Co.

Mark Cutone / Nantucket

Paths to Parenthood I’m 75 years old and just finished reading “Sisterhood of the Traveling Sperm” (March 21). I adored it. Such clever writing makes this story both heartwarming and humorous. A little slice of new thinking and new life. I will be buying the book.

Carol G. Nichols / Westwood

While Carey Goldberg’s story is touching in that she ended up with what she wanted – a happy family – I can’t help but wince at the message her story conveys. She implies that her family is more ideal than the one she would have had if she were a single mother using a sperm donor. Although I doubt it was intentional on her part, her narrative nevertheless contributes to the societal notion that fertile, coupled, heterosexual parent-led families should be granted a higher status than any other form of family out there.

Hannah Richardson / Watertown

What About Dad? Tell Ty Burr thanks for “My So-Called Beau” (Parenting Traps, March 21). I laughed so hard I got tears in my eyes. There can never be too much of his kind of humor.

Dorothy Monnelly / Ipswich

The use of race in Burr’s piece was both gratuitous and condescending (“White suburban fist-bumps all around!”). What does it matter what color he is? Does he mean to tell us that he comes from a wealthy suburb and is surrounded by white people?

Annie Bakas / Lynn

Comments? Write to or The Boston Globe Magazine/Letters, PO Box 55819, Boston, MA 02205-5819. Letters are subject to editing.

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