"We are privileged to have had the journey that Steve Irwin shared with us. We'll miss you, mate!"
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
Steve Irwin gave us a love of adventure, nature and, of all the things I never expected, alligators. He so obviously respected all creatures of this earth. There have been many pretenders who have come and gone, but there will always be the one true mate, Steve Irwin. God bless his family and friends. We have lost a wonderful wildlife teacher.
As heartbroken as I feel about Irwin's death, I cannot imagine the devastation felt by his family and those who knew and worked with him. I see him in his daughter Bindi, who already displays the charisma and enthusiasm of her dad. Although Steve's father says he wanted to be remembered as an "ordinary bloke," his achievements have been extraordinary.
Mary Beth Zirkle
In the 20-plus years that I have been reading PEOPLE there have only been two issues with which I have been unable to part. The first covered the death of racer Dale Earnhardt; the second is your Sept. 11 issue. I can now add a third. Thank you for the beautiful pictures of our beloved Crocodile Hunter. My heart and prayers go out to his wife, Terri, and children Bindi and baby Bob. Steve's excitement and enthusiasm will be forever missed.
As sorry as I feel for Steve Irwin's family for their loss, his death does not come as a surprise. Mr. Irwin always pushed the limits, endangering himself, his children and his animal costars. As a former volunteer at a wildlife museum for four years, I have always been appalled by the lack of respect he showed to the reptiles he handled. He didn't teach the importance of conservation that he apparently wished to.
Whatever we may have thought about Irwin's tactics, I have no doubt that his love for animals, the environment and his family was genuine. He embraced life with an enthusiasm not many people seem to have. I, for one, enjoyed his shows and believe the world is a better place for having known him.
Deer Lodge, Mont.
I can't believe Donald Trump may have fired Carolyn Kepcher because, as he says, "I don't need stars. I need people to run property." What's the matter, Donald? Afraid of sharing the spotlight?
It was worth waiting to see gorgeous Suri Cruise. I hope Tom and Katie put all the negativity behind them and enjoy their girl. She made me think, 'Shiloh who?'"
West Chester, Pa.
BRAD'S HELPING HAND
After reading about Brad Pitt
's visit to New Orleans to help the city rebuild after Hurricane Katrina, many readers offered up praise for the actor. "Love the fact that Brad Pitt
said that America 'can't be out there selling democracy to the world if we can't even take care of our own here,'" writes Diane Woodside of Bourne, Mass. "He's using his celebrity to better the Big Easy and to ease the devastation they have suffered. Good for you." At least one reader, however, felt that Pitt and other celebrities could do more—perhaps even pitch in with some hands-on work. "Why doesn't he gather up Angelina, Matt, Ben, Cameron, Gwyneth, George and the rest of the gang and take them all down to New Orleans to help build new homes?" writes Judy Sellers of Cary, N.C.
Correction In our Sept. 25 issue, we identified the designer of a dress Marcia Cross wore as Elie Saab. The dress was designed by Vera Wang. We regret the error.