In response to our "101 Things Every Bostonian Should Know," readers suggested things 102, 103, 104 . . . Plus: veterans, politics, and the kitchen counter.

October 24, 2010

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You Missed a Spot! You did an excellent job of covering most of the need-to-know things about Boston (“101 Things Every Bostonian Should Know,” October 3). Under books, though, you should have included Russell Greenan’s It Happened in Boston? It’s a terrific novel, first published in 1968, of art, murder, and madness centered on the Public Garden.

Carole Katz / Watertown

The list is incomplete without The Late George Apley.

James Blanchard / Bar Harbor, Maine

There were two glaring omissions, in my opinion. Love Story in the movie category, and the 1942 Cocoanut Grove nightclub fire in the major events category. That disaster still ranks as one of the worst fires in American history; nearly 500 people died there that night.

Judy Bass / Stoughton

For the best lobster roll, you recommended Kelly’s Roast Beef. Well, my best friend is a lobster connoisseur. We always used to grab lobster rolls and roast beef there, but she has stopped buying the lobster rolls and claims (this is where you come in) that they use canned lobster meat, not fresh. Can you check this out?

Hetty Friedman / Newton

Author Elizabeth Gehrman responds: Kelly’s uses, and has always used, frozen lobster, says a spokesman. And visitors to the restaurants seem to like it. According to Kelly’s website, the lobster roll is among the five top-selling items (number one is the roast beef sandwich).

View From the Front of the Class I thoroughly enjoyed your article “Operation Higher Ed” (October 3), about the new GI Bill. I have had the privilege the past six years to teach nursing students in three local schools. Most of the students in my clinical groups have a seriousness of purpose about their studies and a desire to give quality care to their patients, which are good examples to this middle-aged nurse. The veterans among them have shown a maturity unusual to people their age.

Tom Dolan / Stoneham

Politicking People As the president of the Norwood League of Women Voters, I was caught by the Perspective essay on politics (“Why I Love Partisanship,” October 3). Our organization is nonpartisan when it comes to candidates. However, we do take a position on issues that affect the public (water pollution, health care, casino gambling, and so on).

Carol A. Boisen / Norwood

In the Perspective essay, German journalist Justus Bender writes, “I come from a small European country known for having the most uncharismatic politicians in Western civilization.” Sounds like he’s talking about Belgium or Switzerland. Germany is a major European power with one of the continent’s strongest economies and known for one of the most charismatic politicians in Western civilization – Adolf Hitler.

Elaine Gottlieb / Cambridge

Managing Online Friendships Although I disagree with how Facebook is replacing face-time discussion with mass postings, it is understandable how this can make M.P. feel as though “unfriending” anyone can leave him or her disconnected from much of that person’s life (Miss Conduct, October 3). But while you cannot limit the Facebook friends who can write on your wall, you can block specific people from commenting on posts, including status updates and links. If they still don’t get the hint, they don’t deserve to be “friends.”

Allison Putnam / South Boston

The last resort really doesn’t have to be unfriending, which could create hurt feelings. Simply “hide” the postings of those people on your home page; thus, you don’t have to see anything they write, but they don’t know you’ve blocked them, which keeps them thinking they’re still “friends.”

Don Roemer / Franklin

Counter Point In “The Big Island” (September 26), Marni Elyse Katz writes the kitchen island is a place for “prepping, cooking, cleaning, serving, and eating.” They may be OK for quick snacks or where guests hang out while you are preparing a meal, but they are the worst place to share a meal. People have unconsciously re-created fast-food settings in their homes. Mealtimes are more important than ever for maintaining the bonds that make us families. This simply cannot be done at a kitchen island. Perched on a counter stool with your legs dangling leads to eat-and-run meals – not what you want for you and your family.

As an interior designer, I believe that our grandparents had this right: Sitting around a table is the way we can best connect as human beings when we break bread together.

Linda Varone / Arlington

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