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Dear Yankee

Having been a fan of Yankee for 50 years — and tiptoeing toward my dotage as a hard-line Yankee — I rolled my eyes when I learned of great impending change in Dublin and prepared to say goodbye to a beloved longtime friend. The new Yankee arrived today — and this old Yankee has been walking around with a spring in his step ever since! I congratulate you for taking this revered New England icon and giving it a strikingly fresh new face. Keep up the great work.

Daniel T. Chane III, Winchester, MA

About a Boy

I’m wiping away tears after reading Yankee‘s heartwarming article about Shirl Penney and Clarence Townsend (“The Pride of Eastport,” January/February). It made me so proud of a young man whom I don’t even know. I can only pray that the young person who receives the scholarship will “pay it forward” and give back to the community if and when he or she is able.

I sit here in my warm den, reading your magazine, while my husband and son play with new Christmas toys, and know how lucky and blessed I am. Thank God that Clarence was there for baby Shirl.

Andrea Buchanan, Stratford, CT

Speaking My Mind:
Should the government be allowed to take your home?

Whenever the subject of eminent domain comes up, the talk is about property and compensation. When a person or family has made a house a home, however, it becomes another kind of property — one for which there is no tangible compensation. The accumulation of memories, interactions, relationships — the views of nature, exchanges with neighbors, working in the home and garden — these are but a few of the things for which no amount of money can compensate. There are those who don’t mind taking the money and moving on. But there are those for whom their homes are investments of the heart, even the soul — these are the people devastated by acts of eminent domain. And this is something the law needs to take into consideration.

Victoria Miller, San Pedro, CA

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