TOUCHED BY ANGELS
Nearly 30 years ago, as a 7-year-old, I almost drowned in Florida. I got caught by what seemed a very strong undercurrent. As I struggled to keep my head above water and screamed for my mom, a man with dark hair, tan, around 30 years old, came toward me. The thing that struck me was how the water only seemed to reach his waist though it was much deeper. He carried me to my mom on the beach that day. I have always thought he was an angel but never told anyone until I saw your story. I don't think I have ever thanked Jesus for sending him, but I know that because of my faith in Christ I will meet both of them in heaven one day and thank them in person.
GINA PLEDGER, Pickerington, Ohio

I had to see my dad suffer and eventually die from a malignant brain tumor. Given that, I have a hard time with these people's stories. Where were the angels when my dad was in need and why did they not save him? My dad was a believer in God, the most positive-minded person I have ever known, vibrant and full of life. Even if angels really do exist, how do they decide who is saved and who dies? If these people in your stories really believe angels visited them, then good for them. I'm envious of the peace of mind it must bring them. But I will never be convinced.
HEATHER MACDONELL, Nanaimo, B.C.

PADUCAH TRAGEDY
How coincidental that your story on angels and your article on the Paducah, Ky., tragedy happened to run in the same edition. Whether he realizes it or not, Michael Carneal [accused of shooting eight people at Heath High School, three of whom died] has a whole town full of angels. The picture that really got to me is of the sign reading "We Forgive You Mike" and the students standing by it. The whole town of Paducah should be proud, especially of its young people. My prayers are with all of them, including Michael.
DONNA FAYE ALBERT
Holts Summit, Mo.

LATRELL SPREWELL
Latrell Sprewell states, "My career didn't happen overnight and I don't think it should be taken away overnight." Spare me! It wasn't taken away, Mr. Sprewell. You gave it away. Do you believe it is acceptable to brandish 2-by-4s at other human beings, threaten police officers and assault your coach? It isn't, and you need to look up these two words in the dictionary: responsibility and accountability.
STEPHANIE K. GREGORY, Tucson

I am a black professional woman, but there is no way I can support Latrell Sprewell on this one. You can't beat your boss up and assume the repercussions will be light. And please let's not use race as an issue; he's lucky that the NBA didn't ban him from basketball for the rest of his life. Latrell, sit out for the year and think real hard about what you did. You have three children looking at you. Please try and set an example for them.
KIMBERLY D. JOHNSON, Charlotte, N.C.

He should be thankful a suspension is all he received. The average hothead would get jail time for a premeditated assault.
K. SAVAGE, Bothell, Wash.

ROBERT DOWNEY JR.
I am pleased that the judge sentenced Robert Downey Jr. to 180 days in jail. Personally, I think it should be longer. Drug addiction is a choice. If you choose to use, you lose, and you suffer the consequences no matter how much money you have.
TAMMY S. HANES, Sanford, Fla.

Robert Downey Jr. better get a grip. Another binge, and he looks like he's going to be six feet under. I hate to think he's going to be the next celebrity whose funeral we're going to be reading about.
SANDRA ELLIOTT, Seattle

STAR TRACKS
I could not believe my eyes when I saw a picture of 17-year-old Macaulay Culkin with a cigarette in his hand. Talk about a cigarette advertisement that appeals to young people—you did a better job than Joe Camel ever did.
DAVISON VIRGIL, Lawton, Okla.

MAIL
I was concerned to see that you did not print any letters congratulating Rosie O'Donnell on the arrival of her second adopted child. Have you, along with the authors of the two letters you did print, forgotten the big issue here? A child was given up for adoption and has been blessed in finding a good home with a parent who will cherish and protect her for the rest of her life. Congratulations, Rosie!
SU BRITT, Etobicoke, Ont.