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November 28, 2010

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Hold the Tuna Your recent Food Issue (November 7) was great, but I was surprised to see the photo of O Ya’s bluefin tuna that accompanied Devra First’s “The Tastemakers.” In an earlier Globe article, “Tuna at Risk? Sushi chefs find other fish in the sea” (February 22, 2010), First wrote “The World Wildlife Fund included the bluefin on this year’s list of most threatened species.” And also: “Tim Cushman, of O Ya in Boston, does serve bluefin. His customers expect it, he says. ‘When you’re running a business, it’s tough. You want first and foremost to give people what they want.’ ” Yeah, I know, but do you need to encourage them to eat one of the world’s most endangered fish? I’m sure O Ya has many other worthy offerings on its menu.

Andrea Golden / Arlington

Winter’s Bounty We were pleased to see your story on winter farmers’ markets in Massachusetts (“Stretching the Season,” November 7) and would like to alert your readers to a few more. One-day winter markets have attracted thousands of shoppers and offer educational workshops, a soup cafe, and a barter fair, as well as an array of locally grown food. Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (CISA) will hold its first Springfield Winter Fare on December 18 and its second annual Northampton Winter Fare on January 15. The Greenfield Winter Fare will be held on February 5. Eating locally throughout the year not only puts great food on our tables, it also uses our food dollars to build a healthy local economy of successful farms, food businesses, and related enterprises. More information can be found at

Philip Korman and Margaret Christie, CISA / South Deerfield

I liked the article on winter markets, but the western part of the state seems to have been left off the list. Berkshire Grown, one of the oldest nonprofit organizations in Massachusetts supporting local food and farmers, holds its next market on December 18. It also would have been great to include the state Department of Agriculture Resources’ website, which lists all the winter markets across the state; there are 24. Go to and click on “Find a farmers’ market.”

Lisa Simmons, Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism / Boston

See Tom Run? Tom Brady may be a skillful politician, as Charles P. Pierce contends in his Perspective essay (“The Biggest Officeholder Around,” November 7), but he’s a football player (i.e., entertainer), not an elected official accountable to voters. We expect holders of public office to be responsible, not merely glamorous. Appealing though Brady is, his personal history would be held against him if he had to be reelected every four years to a position involving the taxpayers’ millions instead of his own.

Jacqueline Lapidus / Brighton

Single Servings Thanks so much for Karen J. Covey’s November 7 Coupling about learning to cook for one. Finding Covey’s website has inspired me and I hope will send me back to the kitchen, if only on weekends.

Pam Hastings / Sherborn

Sole Concern I read with interest Miss Conduct’s response to the reader who doesn’t want shoes worn in her home (November 7). Miss Conduct’s suggestions were right on, but while watching a TV program about house hunting, I noticed another solution: “shoe boots.” These are what doctors and nurses wear in the OR, and because they fit over the shoes, they deal with many of the awkward issues Miss Conduct addressed.

Barbara Johansen / Hanover

Dynamic Duos The Coupling column is the first thing I turn to in the magazine, and I look forward to reading it each week. I particularly enjoy the essays by Patrick McVay, as I also have young children and can relate to the challenges he and his wife face as a couple while raising their children and working full time. I hope the column continues to be a feature of the magazine into the future.

Gretchen Gingo / Medford

The Whole Truth I’ve not read He’s Just Not That Into You nor seen the movie, but I offer a variant on the simple wisdom presented by its title. Avoid offering your date a phrase like “I’m not sure if our conflicting schedules would allow us to be more than friends,” as Kate Pluta says of Nick Simms in the October 17 Dinner with Cupid. People with romantic interest overcome logistical issues all the time to be with someone. If Kate is not interested, presenting a logistics problem to Nick may simply inspire him to try to overcome those hurdles. If Kate wants to be friends, she needs to say so. It’s OK to feel – and say – “I’m just not that into you.”

David Lennon / Franklin

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In response to Charles P. Pierce’s November 7 Perspective lauding Tom Brady’s political skills, readers shared their own comparisons and predictions on

DFlann wrote: One of the things I like about Brady and the Patriots – they just plain work. . . . The Pats may lose – but odds are they won’t – and they always work through to solve the problem. Pols and business leaders not so much. Otis wrote: As long as Brady wins, the length of his hair or off-field activities will be tolerated and even embraced. . . . But if his play goes south, the Boston fans will be on his back faster than Fox News is on Obama. CapnVann wrote: If Tom Brady isn’t recruited into running for Senate (by either party) after he retires, then we’ll know that absolute fools are on both sides of the aisle. But then, we knew that, didn’t we?

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