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A Closer Look Amalie Benjamin’s piece about Red Sox pitcher Jonathan Papelbon was nauseating (“Prelude to a Save,” April 11). The Globe Magazine shouldn’t put this bum on a pedestal. You should instead focus on America’s true heroes – its police officers, firefighters, EMTs, teachers, nurses, and others. By the way, you omitted Step 10 – Papelbon gets his $9.35 million salary. Go Papelbon! Go Red Sox Nation! Laugh all the way to the bank!

Scott Wolfe / Mashpee

I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed Benjamin’s article. I always figured the Papelbon stare was at least as much about focus as intimidation, in part because of the way he purses his mouth while he does it, as one does do when thinking about something, versus the sort of bared teeth or frown that goes with intimidation. Thanks for an enjoyable read.

Kim Malo / Boston

You Really Got Me I’m a 79-year-old grandmother who had never heard of the Kinks until I read Geoff Edgers’s story (“Just Shoot Me,” April 11). Edgers must be so proud of all he went through to pursue his dream of reuniting the band. Just as his wife teared up when his film ended at the festival in Rotterdam, I, too, teared up when I finished reading the story. Bravo!

Mary Ann McKenna / Lexington

Gathering Place Just imagine Charles P. Pierce making his argument (“All for None,” April 11) for saving local libraries 10 to 15 years in the future, when tablet-like devices (Kindle, iPad, etc.) have replaced the physical newspaper and book. Why will we need libraries for these devices, when lending can happen on a website ? Will the government realize the social and educational aspects of libraries, or will it look to the overburdened schools to solve that problem?

Dennis Ames / Danbury, Connecticut

Origins Sarah Pascarella’s Perspective column (April 11) gave me pause to think about the things that I’ve let go of. How interesting it is to consider the journey these items might have taken, or where items we’ve acquired might have been.

Jan Peters / Andover

All Creatures Kathy Nolan Deschenes’s essay (Coupling, April 11) articulated beautifully what it means to share your home with animals. My husband and I still feel the loss of our 15½-year-old black Lab, Covey, and reading this article helped us remember just how wonderfully caring animals are – to each other, as well as to those of us lucky enough to share in their lives.

Sandy Scagliotti / Hampton, New Hampshire

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