I'm glad the McCaugheys think their seven children are blessings from God, but since when did God's blessings require fertility drugs?
CAROL O'BRIEN, Aloha, Ore.
Miracle, shmiracle! The McCaughey septuplets are the result of an out-of-control science experiment. It is more by pure luck than management that none of the underweight babies appears to have severe medical problems (at least not yet). You say the expectant parents "questioned how they were going to provide for the babies but never questioned having them." Teenagers having babies are criticized for the exact same irresponsible attitude, yet the McCaugheys are congratulated!
BARBARA LOMOS, New York City
When, in order to survive, the parents of fertility drug-induced, high-number multiple-birth babies can do without massive donations of formula, diapers, car seats, strollers, juice, cable TV, cash and vast amounts of other people's time, as well as a new car and home, that truly will be a miracle birth.
WENDY BASSETT KUTIN
Mt. Kisco, N.Y.
From the closing paragraph of your story, it is clear to me that there was some rare (for the media) sensitivity to the fact that these children are welcome and are considered by many to be tremendous blessings.
DONNA LEE, Issaquah, Wash.
As the mother of a beautiful 4-year-old son, unable to naturally conceive another child, I am appalled at the McCaugheys' choice to have seven children at once. Did anyone stop to think who is going to have the time and energy to properly love, teach and guide these children?
K. SPEEGLE, Tulsa
Your article about the McCaughey family really moved me. I think that if there were more towns in the world like that small town in Iowa, the world would be a much better place to live. What wonderful neighbors! Good luck to the McCaugheys—may they be blessed with healthy, happy and good-sleeping babies.
RAE NOGUIERA, Cincinnati
Those attending the INXS show in Wallingford, Conn., on Sept. 22 might disagree that "Michael was performing better than ever." The once controlled, graceful performer was anything but "elegantly wasted." It's hard to understand how those closest to Michael Hutchence did not see he was in trouble. It was apparent that if he did not get help, the comparisons to Jim Morrison would inevitably prove all too true.
INXS has been my favorite band for 11 years, and I have always been on a hunt for their memorabilia. Sadly my quest must end with articles and pictures of Michael Hutchence's untimely death. You covered his death with dignity and consideration, positively glorifying his life and giving him credit where credit is due.
CRISTY KILBRIDE, Tallahassee, Fla.
I am very angry at PEOPLE. Michael Hutchence and INXS were responsible for some of the most intriguing music and moving songs in pop music today. Yes, he was nice to look at, but there was much more to the man than the fact that he was good in bed. Both Kylie Minogue and Paula Yates should be ashamed of the things they've said about him. They've disgraced his memory as far as I'm concerned.
STEPHANI N. HAGOOD
Thank you for recognizing Cleveland Amory's Black Beauty Ranch for animals. As a wildlife biologist and environmental educator, I teach people the value of animals from an ecological viewpoint. However, our need for animals reaches far beyond the ecological. Animals are a precious gift that we should appreciate and respect. Thank you, Mr. Amory, for caring about those who have no voices.
SONDRA TAYLOR, Knoxville, Tenn.
Someone should tell reader Tracy Loucks that working parents, no matter how much or how little money they make, are good parents too. Some of us see the opportunity to manage both parenthood and a career as a privilege; we don't criticize other people's choices. We all agree that what happened to Matthew Eappen is a tragedy, but to blame his parents for choosing to work is ignorant.
AMY GREENSTEIN, Bedford, N.Y.
I am disturbed to see that once again there are self-righteous people who are trying to shift the blame for Matthew Eappen's death away from Louise Woodward and onto his parents. Wake up, people! They are the victims here. The choice of the Eappens to work, even though it was not "an economic necessity," in no way reflects on their love for their children. Everyone has the right to live their lives as they please without being ridiculed, and with the reassurance their children will be safe.
JESSICA COAKLEY, Valhalla, N.Y.