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Whether readers were angered or tickled, there was no shortage of responses to Jennifer Graham’s essay about diehard boomers.

August 16, 2009

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Age-Defying Boomers

In Jennifer Graham’s “The Immortalists” (Perspective, July 26), how many insults can you pack into one article? Boomers will “live too long.” “A Nation of Geezers.” “What good are old boomers, anyway?” And the author is a boomer? Ms. Graham needs a good margarita.

Ed Meek / Somerville

Please let Graham know that the best possible thing she could do for today’s society would be for her to curl up and pass on herself, like she’s asking the rest of us to do. It would give one upcoming younger person a place in her world.

Cherise Hoak / Berkley

I am fit, un-Botoxed, and starting my third business -- those Gen Xers who gain jobs can credit my boomer work ethic for that. I personally think that they will be grateful, as opposed to resentful, as Graham posits.

Barbara Iaquinto / Columbia, South Carolina

Dear Gen X, Y, echo boomers, and millennials: Although I am one of the first baby boomers (63), I am serving a useful purpose -- taking care of your 94-year-old grandmother. But I’ll make you a deal: You can have my four-bedroom, two-bath fireplaced home, but Grandma comes with it and maybe even your crotchety father. You can reach me at the ice cream bar of my retirement condo if you need baby-sitting services, should you decide to serve your own generational usefulness by presenting me with a grandchild. PS: To pay the real estate taxes, you might have to get a job.

Joyce Westner / Winchester

As a 63- year-old, I thoroughly enjoyed Graham’s tongue-in-cheek humor -- insightful and hilarious at the same time. To those who might be offended by her “opinions,” lighten up!

Karen Jones-Johnson / Walpole

This is one of my favorite articles of all time. It’s funny because it’s true.

James DeMarco / Newcastle, England

Good Timing

Later-years parenting is an old Irish tradition (“Babies and Boomers,” July 26). It is really nothing new. It’s just being rediscovered. In 1935, my dad, who was 44 at the time, married my mother, who was 30. They had eight healthy children who are all alive and well. This isn’t for everyone, but it seemed to work for them. And this was way before in vitro.

Elaine Cronin / Boston

I thought Jeffrey Thomas was very insightful in his comments on older first-time parenting. My dad was 44 years old in 1969 when I was born after 16 years of marriage. I think he was more prepared and focused as a parent. Great article.

Stacey Maselli-Finn / North Smithfield, Rhode Island

Key Numbers

Regarding the “40/70 rule” (“Talking Tips,” July 26), the recommendation that children in their 40s begin to talk to their parents about driving, healthcare, and other important family issues that arise is a sensible suggestion. Doing it is not as easy as it may seem. Often there needs to be a neutral third party to guide the discussion. As an attorney and mediator, I suggest elder mediators. They are trained to engage the family in productive meetings to determine the best way to move through the sometimes difficult years of maturity for both parents and children.

Barbara Younger / Danvers

Reliving the Love

I was at Woodstock and remember it all. (“My Woodstock,” July 26). Everyone did watch out for one another and shared whatever water or food we had. We were sleeping and sitting next to strangers and never felt fear. The complete spontaneity of the event is what made it. It can’t be repeated. Thanks for letting me share the fun.

Peg Twombly / Amesbury

Enough’s Enough

Even I, a certified boomer, am tired of hearing about the boomers.

Chip Moynihan / Hampton, New Hampshire

Avoiding Fear

In Charles P. Pierce’s bucket list piece in which he talks about guns (“Dead Presidents, Thespian Dreams, and the Meaning of Life,” July 26), he writes about seeing his dad, a combat veteran of World War II, taking apart his father’s revolver, putting each piece in separate bags, and taking each bag to a different dump. I too am a veteran and have seen what happens to the disarmed and defenseless people of a nation. But this social immaturity and fear of guns is beyond my understanding. Guns are harmless in the hands of lawful citizens. Fear and ignorance of a thing is always worse than respect and knowledge.

Don Schwarz / Stoughton

Candidates and Race

While I was pleased to see the Globe Magazine devote several pages to one of the most interesting city council races in recent memory (“Young, Black, and in the Running,” July 19), I was disappointed to find that in focusing more on the color of the candidates’ skins, little was said about the governing philosophies that each of these individuals brings to the table. And ignoring several candidates -- simply because they are not people of color -- does a disservice to the citizens of this city.

For me, the politics of racial “identity” are wearing a bit thin. If our goal is to spotlight diversity, why not mention that one of the black candidates is a Republican? In heralding a new generation, why not tell the story of the youngest candidate in the race, immigrant and self-made businessman Hiep Nguyen? And, if the Globe thinks that Bostonians are ready for “change,” would it have hurt to devote even a few words to the only libertarian in the race?

Sean H. Ryan, Candidate for City Council At-Large / Jamaica Plain

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