BRITNEY SPEARS

"Give Britney a break and let the girl learn how to be a parent. She obviously loves her kids"

Anna DeLuague
Coral Springs, Fla.

I truly feel bad for all the negative coverage Britney gets about her parenting skills. As a mother of four boys, I know for a fact that there isn't a mother on this planet who hasn't made some of the same mistakes Britney has made. We just aren't under a microscope 24/7. No one is perfect, especially at being parents. I do agree she needs to calm down and hide out for a while, but calling someone a bad mom is a serious accusation and shouldn't be done lightly. And what Britney does when her children, Sean Preston and Jayden James, are with their father is nobody's business but her own.

Sarah Bloom
via e-mail

I neither care that Britney shaved her head nor that she forgets to wear underwear. I don't care that she attacks cars with her umbrella. All of her antics only lead to the conclusion that she has no business being left alone with those two beautiful babies. I hope the attorneys involved do something soon before something happens to those kids.

Rhonda Bertram
Crown Point, Ind.

It's obvious that Britney Spears was not ready for marriage or children, but she should stop taking it out on those sweet boys. Enough is enough. It's time for Brit to grow up and get dressed. Even Madonna cleaned up her act and did what it took to be a responsible mother.

Debra Sedgwick
Torrington, Conn.

MERV GRIFFIN

Shame on you. Why on earth would you put Britney on your cover again? Merv Griffin, a true Hollywood legend who was loved and admired by millions, deserved to grace your cover. He had earned his place. Bless Mr. Griffin and his family. He will be missed.

Susan March
East Lynn, W.Va.

THE McCANNS

You stated in your article that press reports had indicated Gerry and Kate McCann might have had something to do with their daughter's disappearance. You bet they had something to do with it. As a parent, I cannot fathom leaving three small children in a hotel unattended (or anywhere else for that matter). The McCanns' decision to go out for dinner was selfish and negligent. And their daughter Madeleine has had to pay a horrible price for their really bad judgment.

Lynn Ann Wilsie
Oregon, Ill.

MATTHEW McCONAUGHEY

I think that Matthew McConaughey has a nice body, but I'm sick of seeing him shirtless in your magazine. I have seen pictures of Mr. McConaughey so many times that I don't like him anymore. There are plenty of other sexy celebrities that you could show shirtless. Too much of a good thing can be bad. Please stop!

Kelly Slavich
Algonquin, Ill.

KIDS AND DIABETES
Readers heaped praise on 14-year-old rocker Nick Jonas for his candor and his determination to live an active life despite having Type 1 diabetes. "Good for Nick for taking such an adult view of his diagnosis," writes Cynthia Cantu of Chandler, Ariz. "I was diagnosed with Type 1 when I was 5 and, like Nick, I have wonderful parents who encouraged any activities I was interested in. On behalf of diabetics everywhere, great job!" The parents of diabetic children were especially grateful to Jonas for being a positive role model. Lori Walters of Travelers Rest, S.C., says, "It's so nice for preteens to have someone like Nick who they can identify with." Kimball Dunlap of Bryn Athyn, Pa., the mother of two diabetic youngsters, added, "So often people get the facts wrong. Kudos to writer Sharon Cotliar for getting everything right in her informative and heartwarming story." Grateful for the feedback, Jonas tells PEOPLE, "My hope is that the story encouraged others with diabetes."

Correction
In our Sept. 3 issue, we incorrectly referred to the star of Showtime's Dexter as David C. Hall. Actor Michael C. Hall plays Dexter.