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Readers write about credit loans for the higher tax brackets, changes in the National Guard and Reserves, world sports capitals, and the virtue of "flip-flopping."

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Sports central – Boston or London?

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Regarding the Feb. 1 article, "It came from Boston!" that claims that Boston is "the world's best professional sports town": A few cities outside the US would challenge that claim. London has five professional soccer clubs (including Arsenal and Chelsea) that compete in the Premier League, the world's most prestigious soccer league. The British capital is home to world-class rugby and cricket teams. The tennis championships at Wimbledon take place in a London suburb that's just a short train ride from the city. London's successful bid to host the 2012 Summer Olympics is a tribute to its status as a vibrant and dynamic city for sports fans.

Alistair Budd
London

Fans of 'flip-flopping' respond

In response to Eileen Cook's Feb. Opinion piece "Virtue lies in flip-flopping": Ms. Cook's article is right on target, despite the fact that her target is moving. I agree wholeheartedly that who I want for a political representative is someone who can change as we learn how to improve our collective lives.

Lynn Austin
Campell, Calif.

Regarding Eileen Cook's recent Opinion piece on the virtue of "flip-flopping" when change is for the better: I enjoyed the piece, however, Ms. Cook should not be too happy that the medical profession once "flipped" on the use of leeches, because it has recently "flopped" back: the Food and Drug Administration approves their use for maintaining circulation in reattached extremeties.

Tracy Hall, Jr.
Provo Canyon, Utah

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'Jumbo loans' would rightly help high cost-of-living areas

In response to your Feb. 1 editorial, "A housing rescue too far": Increasing loan limits in high-cost areas does not go too far in my opinion. I understand that folks who live in a $200,000 median home price area consider a $600,000 house "upper middle class." But this is lower middle class in many high-cost areas.

Are we to tell those folks who are already paying a high percentage of their income so that they can be in the jobs they hold locally or so that their kids can remain in their schools that they don't deserve help?

Also, I would argue that expanding loan limits to higher-income areas, given that these loans are held up to Federal Housing Administration-type scrutiny, would enhance the portfolio strength of FHA, Fannie Mae, or Freddie Mac. Folks in those areas are simply less likely to be financially irresponsible.

The group defined as "struggling Americans" has broadened to include many in the middle class: A working couple in a high-cost area living in a $600,000 home is "working poor." Problem is, it's all relative.

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