We get all kinds of readers here; some polite, some not so much. Even the cranky ones often give us something to think about and respond to. However, when a comment is posted long after the original piece that provoked it, it’s more useful to respond to it in this forum than in the comments to the original post, especially when the reply it requires is three posts long.

Inbox is a mixed bag of comments from our regulars and questions on various subjects we might not otherwise think to explore. Once in a blue moon, the subject of a critical post shows up to defend him/herself, which is always a good time.