The Sixth Sense
How wrong can it be to locate missing children, bring comfort to the grieving and remind people about the love of God? To the mediums: Keep up the great work! To the skeptics, like James Randi: Go ahead and ask them a question—or are you afraid of the answer?
Tara Holmes, Kamloops, B.C.

I was extremely saddened at the realization that more and more Americans are turning to mediums and psychics instead of turning to God. One of the trademarks of this nation was its absolute faith and devotion to godly things. Unfortunately, people have lost faith and turned their backs on the one and only who's got the answer for their problems.
Marianella Alvarez, Long Beach, Calif.

Your article misses the point. The boy in the movie wasn't a medium; "ghosts" were just visible to him. I have seen "ghosts" since I was a child and at 45 started to hear them for the first time. As in the movie, they needed help, because they were stuck here and needed help in "crossing over." The phenomenon of being connected to the next world is quite accepted in other cultures. It is only our arrogant society that believes nothing could exist beyond us.
Christine Rose, Fairfield, Conn.

Thank you for your article on professional mediums, specifically George Anderson. My sister and her husband attended his session that you wrote of, and my nephew Jimmy was the "male presence" who entered the room. Mr. Anderson has given us a bit of hope to hold on to—hope of seeing my very precious nephew again someday; hope that with all our pain and suffering, there is something more, something better. He gave my family a comfort we could not give each other. He is a special man, and whether others do or do not believe is not very important to me.
Terry Field, Langhorne, Va.

I am among the millions of people out here who have had firsthand experience with the paranormal, and I want you to know, it is for real.
W. Kare, via e-mail

Baby Jessica
Cara and Dan Schmidt's breakup validates what most of America knew back in 1993: They were not capable of providing Jessica/Anna with the stable, loving environment she already had with the DeBoers. "When will the courts start acting in the best interests of children and stop thinking of them as genetic possessions?
Jeanine Craddock, Lockport, N.Y.

I remember crying the day I found out Baby Jessica would be ripped from the only parents she knew and handed over to strangers. I hoped she was being placed in a loving, safe home and not simply being made a pawn in a selfish court battle. Well, six years later, I am crying again.
Stacy Terrill, Hampton, Iowa

Michael Metzig
As a sergeant in the Army, I put aside the rumors Lance Corporal Metzig took into consideration regarding anthrax shots. I obeyed my commander and have received six vaccinations. It was right that Metzig got discharged. If he couldn't follow orders during peacetime, imagine the consequences of not following orders during wartime.
Adam S. Nash, Fort Benning, Ga.

When Michael Metzig decided to step out of line and disobey a direct order, he chose to become an individual rather than be a member of the elite team we call the Marine Corps. While I realize Mr. Metzig thinks he had reasons for his actions, his punishment was not excessive according to a code that has been established for over 200 years. It is made clear to every recruit at the beginning of boot camp that while our hearts and souls may belong to Jesus, our butts belong to the Corps.
Glen C. McIntosh, Plano, Texas

Everyone should have the choice as to what they allow in their body and what they do not. Serving your country is one thing. It should not mean that you are a guinea pig during your service.
Belen B. Herner, Nazareth, Pa.

After considerable research I too refused to take the anthrax vaccine shot and now find myself on the way out of the military. I joined the Air Force during the Vietnam War in order to support my country. Now, because of the Department of Defense's political agenda, I find myself in opposition to an institution that I have been part of my entire life.
Julie A. Hankinson, Plano, Texas

Unfortunately, Michael Metzig is only one of many bright, well-trained military personnel who has expressed valid concerns about the safety and necessity of the anthrax shot. However, there are members of Congress working to help protect personnel whose questions about the vaccine have gone unanswered. In fact, I have introduced legislation to make the current program voluntary. Giving our men and women in uniform a choice is the best solution to what is becoming a growing problem.
U.S. Rep. Walter B. Jones (R-N.C.), Washington, D.C.

Wilt Chamberlain
Millions of men over 35 would vote Wilt Chamberlain, not Michael Jordan, the greatest basketball player of all time. Barely a half page is not nearly enough for this giant of a man. I know your magazine is geared mostly for females and those born after the Vietnam War, but here was an individual who might even have qualified for a small picture on your cover.
David Whitaker, Margate, Fla.

Eartha Kitt
In your story there is a picture of Eartha Kitt with James Dean that says they were in a dance class in 1956. Neat trick—James Dean died on Sept. 30, 1955.
Mitchell Korn, Congers, N.Y.

Right you are. The photo was taken in 1955.—ED.

Dana Rivers
I am appalled that a whole town would rally to support a transsexual teacher. As a parent, I could never support such a person. I would guess that the only teaching he or she would get done is teaching that it is okay to change a body God has created. I think this story completely discredits the people of Antelope, Calif.—probably unfairly so.
Angela Trader, Huntington, W.Va.

I am so sick of people like Nancy Mackarness and Donna Earnest dictating what is right in society. They say their parental rights were violated when Dana Rivers was allowed to teach? What about Rivers's rights? If she was an honored teacher as "David," she should still be allowed to prove that she is the same smart and well-liked teacher as before!
Kristen Smith, Fresno, Calif.

In your article about Dana Rivers, Donna Earnest questions how Rivers's defenders can say she is a good teacher since Rivers has never taught as a woman. Last time I checked, Ms. Earnest, a person teaches with their brains, not their genitalia. Dana Rivers has the same knowledge and capabilities she has always had, and suggesting otherwise is simply ludicrous.
Diana Cooper, Shepherdstown, W.Va.

After all that Dana Rivers has been through, the determination, sensitivity and commitment she has shown should only reinforce the conviction that she is a valuable teacher. As educational standards in this country decline, we should be grateful that teachers like Dana exist.
Lise Buba-Kruer, Louisville, Ky.

Mailbag
Having recently lost my husband, I can attest to the overwhelming grief involved in losing the love of your life in your 40s. For someone to imply that being in a stable financial situation or being famous somehow makes the pain more palatable is both naive and mean-spirited.
Mary Prendeville, Albany, N.Y.

When will this petty jealousy toward well-to-do celebs end? These women have lost their best friends, lovers, soulmates, fathers to their children. They are starting over in the most profound way—without the person they expected to grow old with. I bet if you asked any one of them, they'd give away their wealth for just one more day with their husbands.
Mary Brick, Centreville, Va.