Another threat to clams is a deadly type of leukemia-like cancer (disseminated or hemic neoplasia) that is actually transmissible between individual clams. I wonder if the Ipswich clams have noticed signs of this disease in their catches. Hopefully Ipswich clams will continue to provide a thriving industry for years to come, although the future is certainly cloudy.


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A great combination of personnel and scientist.

Gregory Thwaite

Takapuna, New Zealand

A country in turmoil

Régine Théodat’s “Leaving Haiti” (July 10) poignantly and powerfully elucidates what is happening on the ground in Haiti, and adds to the important stories of those trying to do good for the country, against enormous odds.

Danielle Legros Georges


“Leaving Haiti” was fascinating reading. As a Haitian-American, I hear and read about gangs, violence, the type of leader President Jovenel Moïse was, and other issues in Haiti, but it was captivating to hear about it through Theodat’s experiences. I’m glad she didn’t give up on Haiti.

Yolette Ibokette


It was only recently that I began to wonder why Haiti remains stuck in crippling corruption and poverty. At the same time, many articles were published explaining what we as Americans should have learned in the classroom – for starters, the appalling ransom paid to France for generations, the continued support of the United United with corrupt government, sabotage gangs and politicians alike. It is a spark of hope to hear that there are people like the author and his like-minded associates who are so strong and dedicated to uplifting Haiti and its people. May American and European allies recognize and right past wrongs, and may we all see the fruits of their efforts in a safe, vibrant, and bright new Haiti.

Jeff Doucette

New York, New York

So factual and a reflection of the reality experienced by so many people in Haiti, especially in the capital, Port-au-Prince, but still without any bitterness. I wish the writer to keep the positive and combative spirit she has shown so far. I can’t wait to find MyaBèl products on the shelves.

Gerald Emile Brun

Port au Prince

Haiti is such a dilemma. Ms. Théodat laments US support and empowerment of corrupt leaders, and that is understandable. But what is the alternative? It seems that there are no strong leaders in Haiti to trust. For many decades America has sent billions of dollars to Haiti through organizations such as the Red Cross, and missions to Haiti – medical, religious and secular – are a longstanding tradition. Has all the money and effort produced a better and safer country for its citizens? It seems not. It reminds me of the late Dr. Paul Farmer and his long years trying to bring health and happiness to the people of Haiti. If such efforts for so many years have not shaken the misery of the Haitian people, what is the right way forward?

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I was very struck by the sincerity and bravery of this fine writer. We have a large Haitian population in our church in Somerville. Théodat loves his country and his people so much and must be heartbroken by the gangs who add to the pain and corruption there. She must not lose hope.

Marguerite Meyer


Life-saving treatments

[In her Connections column,] Carol Alfred has a wonderful outlook on life and a wonderful group of friends and family to help her deal with life’s downsides (“The Flip Side of Cancer”, July 10). I completely agree with the way the humor surrounded and supported her. Last year I was told that I would need chemo before and after the operation to remove all my gynecological organs. They also planned to search and remove anything strange they found there. Two images came to mind based on these descriptions, and I had to draw this comic (opposite page). I gave copies to all my doctors and nurses (and a few other patients), and they all laughed with me! Humor of all kinds got me through a lot, but this comic was the funniest of them all.

Marthe M. Bergeron


My sister survived nearly six years after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, unprecedented for this type of cancer. Her motto was “never, never, never give up hope” – and she never did. Eating healthy, staying hydrated and exercising helped her through surgery and countless chemotherapy treatments. She decided early on that she was going to live her life and enjoy her children, her grandchildren, her husband and her family, and she did for many years. Carol should rely on her medical team – they will be fabulous and help her every step of the way.


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It’s always difficult to find the right words after someone has received bad news, whether it’s a frightening medical diagnosis or the death of a loved one. It’s a great reminder that laughter really can be the best cure for our ailments.


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A shot through the arc

I have been involved with the Rhode Island Marine Archeology Project and Kathy Abbass for over seven years now and have come to appreciate her intelligence and tenacity (“The Unsinkable DK Abbass,” July 10). Brian Amaral’s article not only put the finger on Kathy, but it also filled me in on a lot of things I didn’t know about the Endeavor project.

Ray Turbitt

New Port Richey, Florida, and Warwick, Rhode Island

Excellent article on DK Abbass’ work on the Rhode Island Marine Archeology Project. The submarine, [briefly] referenced in the article, was discovered some time ago off the Block Island Sound area just after the sinking of the Black Point, a merchant navy vessel. This happened, ironically, after the end of the war in Europe. My father had served on the Black Point as a proud member of the US Navy Armed Guard. He was lucky to be taken off the ship at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, just before he headed to Rhode Island. Although there was a crew of Merchant Marines aboard the Black Point, there remained a member of the United States Navy Armed Guard on the ship and he fell victim.

Ronald Kahn

Cranston, Rhode Island

Abbass is right about his unique and important contribution; she should be applauded for that. But science advances through collaboration, and its “my way or the highway” attitude is stifling future research and blocking potential benefits for Rhode Island (and beyond). And the artifacts decay as this dispute and turf war unfolds.

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