I'm 25 and more than 150 lbs. over-weight but have been too scared to follow through with gastric bypass surgery. But now that I have your before-and-after pictures of Alicia Quiñones on my refrigerator, I'm inspired. Thanks, Alicia, and all the others for sharing your story, and to PEOPLE for publishing them.
Laurie A. Thompson
Santa Fe, Texas
I really respect Donna Timmons, who didn't have gastric bypass surgery. It proves you can lose weight by exercising and watching what you eat, something that doctors and trainers have said for years.
I was so disheartened after reading your cover story. The money invested by the five patients would have been more wisely spent on therapy for self-esteem issues. Aging is a fact of life. So are stretch marks and small breasts.
Fort Rucker, Ala.
In the before-plastic-surgery photos of Marie Tanner, she was an obviously attractive and very fit young woman. Breast implants are common, but why would Dr. Tom DeWire Sr. put D-cups on a 5'3" woman and then proclaim that she's now "eye-worthy"? I'm afraid Dr. DeWire is slap-worthy.
BABY BOW OUT
If you're going to show a pregnant Kate Hudson
in PEOPLE almost every time she raises her top or slings her pants below her protruding tummy so friends can rub her stomach, I think I'm going to toss my cookies!
I found your story about celebrities giving birth to be quite entertaining, especially with Sir Paul McCartney at 61 and the 56-year-old David Letterman becoming fathers this late in life. I didn't know if I wanted to laugh out loud or be totally grossed out.
San Antonio, Texas
FAITH IN HUMANITY
Reading about the six unselfish acts of heroism presented in your story "Uncommon Valor," I was heartened to see two incidents of people coming to the aid of someone of a different racial background. These heroes acted on instinct and compassion—the color of the person's skin wasn't a consideration. My faith in humanity is restored when I read stories like these.
Flower Mound, Texas
A ROSIE DEMEANOR
After reading your story about the Rosie O'Donnell
court case, only one thing comes to mind. It looks like she's replacing Leona Helmsley as the new Queen of Mean.
Sandy M. Stephens
Rosie is a confident, assertive woman who also happens to be a lesbian. She's plagued by criticism for the same characteristics that are praised in a man. For instance, in your article she's referred to as demanding. What characteristics does our society generally attribute to lesbians? Loud, pushy, man-hating broads.
Marianne L. Palmisano
Anyone who has followed Rosie is aware of the tremendous amount of good she has done for children's and women's rights. She has been relentless in raising funds for worthy causes. One shouldn't judge the sum of who she is as a person by the press she's received lately. All of us have had our moments of poor judgment and emotional outbursts. As the saying goes, "Let him who is without sin cast the first stone."
Park Ridge, Ill.
Wowie kazowie! I've had my fix for the week or maybe more. Thanks for the story and photos of Scott Foley. There was little news about him until his split from Jennifer Garner
. How could she?
I loved your cover about real-life extreme makeovers. If I ever make a similar choice, I'll seek a surgeon who sees me as beautiful already and will help me with what I've chosen to do.