We received more than 550 letters about our cover story on Paris Hilton, the most on a single story this year. And the majority of readers took us to task for putting Paris on the cover.

"Paris Hilton said her experience in jail was humbling. Good! She needed to be brought down a peg or two"

Debi Bloom
Nutley, N.J.

PARIS HILTON

Enough! With all the problems facing the world, do we really need a rich and spoiled female on the cover of your magazine? Report on real events and real people, not on Paris Hilton. She's old news and boring. We know you can do better.

Theresa Vannett
Boothwyn, Pa.

After reading the interview with Paris Hilton, it is apparent how unchanged she is after her 23 days in jail. A genuinely changed Paris would have noticed that her jail time was fleeting, and her circumstances not nearly as unjust as those faced by many who serve time. Yes, the food was bad and the quarters were cramped, but, as Paris said, she was treated fairly and was never in any danger. Her behavior after her release has been ridiculous, acting as if she had been locked up for years, rather than for three weeks in a private cell. This is truly a person in need of a reality check.

Noelle Swan Gilbert
Los Angeles, Calif.

I am disgusted with all the hype over Paris Hilton's jail time. The media has made her out to be a victim, when in fact she is an offender. Ms. Hilton got a bitter taste of what happens every day to real people who break the law or violate the terms of their probation.

Dennis Brinkman
Aurora, Ill.

I, for one, was pleased to see the beautiful picture of Paris Hilton on your cover and do not believe you were rewarding bad behavior by running an interview with her after she got out of jail. Ms. Hilton is not a bad person but someone who has made some poor choices. Come on, lighten up on Paris.

Jim Bradford
via e-mail

A HERO IN THE FAMILY
Readers were deeply moved by our story about 23-year-old Joseph Democko of Anaheim, Calif., who adopted his troubled twin sister Jody's three young boys—one of whom has spina bifida—after having fought to get them out of foster care. "This article truly gave me chills," writes Ashley Kaneda of Bend, Ore. "Joseph's willingness to sacrifice his 20s in order to provide a stable home life for his nephews is exemplary and should be celebrated." Others felt Democko's tale of inspiration made him worthy of more prominent placement in the magazine. "Here is a young man who has stepped up to make a difference in these little boys' lives," writes Diane Kinney of Akron, Ohio. "He deserves to be on the cover." Much to Democko's surprise, the article sparked an outpouring of support from total strangers. So far he's received dozens of financial donations, totaling more than $5,000, plus clothing for the boys and even some interest from Hollywood to tell his story. And on July 4, the San Diego County Fair honored the young man onstage at their Salute to Heroes celebration. "He hit a warm spot in our hearts," says Tim Fennell, general manager of the Del Mar Fairgrounds, which hosted the event. Democko is stunned by the attention. "I can't say thank you enough," he says. "I never thought it'd be such a big deal. I'm just taking care of my family." (Contributions may be sent directly to Joseph Democko at: 2967 Michelson Dr., PMB G 325, Irvine, Calif. 92612.)

Corrections
In our recent special issue Amazing Real Life Weddings, the photos of Jason Robinson's proposal to Kendra Howe should have been credited to Magic Proposals. In our story on Paula Deen in the July 23 issue, Jamie is pictured with his wife and son, and Bobby is seated to the right. We regret these errors.