HALLE BERRY

"I am thrilled for Halle and Gabriel. She will make a wonderful mother, and I wish her all the best"
Friedericke Marshell
Milwaukee

If anyone deserves happiness, it's Halle Berry. I still remember an interview she gave several years ago. Her marriage to baseball star Dave Justice was over and, sadly, she had contemplated suicide. I remember crying when she said she just couldn't do that to her mother. Halle has made me cry again, but this time they're tears of joy.
Lydia Brunner
Indianapolis, Ind.

I find it irresponsible of you to put Halle Berry on your cover announcing her pregnancy by a man to whom she is not married. This glorification of unwed mothers needs to stop. Let's teach our children, especially our girls, that there's nothing wrong with doing things the old-fashioned way and to get married before they have children.
Name Withheld
Pasadena, Calif.

I was disappointed by Halle's remark that motherhood "is the most important thing that we do as women." There are a lot of women in the world who will be remembered for the great things they did and not for the children they bore.
Cindy Dominick
Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

BRITNEY SPEARS

This chagrined mother of three is appalled by the ongoing drama coming from Camp Spears. Reason being? I can relate! Only I never went so far as to bare my bottom in front of a camera. Erratic behavior, withdrawal from family and friends, using drugs and/or alcohol as a crutch—these are pretty obvious signs of a psychological disorder. Lots of moms with tiny tots experience this. We call it postpartum depression.
Anonymous
Quebec

KAREN DESALVO

Dr. Karen DeSalvo, who helped set up a new health-care system for the poor in New Orleans after Katrina hit, is a wonderful example of how one person's vision can make a difference. Maybe after New Orleans, Dr. DeSalvo and her colleagues could help to rework our nation's health-care system.
Katherine Moore
Irvine, Calif.

UNSOLVED MYSTERIES

Maybe it's because I live in Minnesota and remember this 1989 case like it was yesterday, but why on earth did you not include Jacob Wetterling in your story? Jacob was an 11-year-old who was riding his bicycle home when he was abducted by a masked gunman. He hasn't been seen or heard from since then. I think this unsolved crime is worth mentioning and definitely warrants another thorough look by authorities.
Marna Wozniak
via e-mail

TROUBLE

Dogs should be adequately cared for when an owner dies but should not be showered with a $12 million inheritance. Real estate magnate Leona Helmsley proved that she was not just the Queen of Mean but also the Queen of the Obscene.
Kenneth L. Zimmerman
Huntington Beach, Calif.

BABY WEIGHT

Our story about how celebrities got their bodies into pre-pregnancy shape drew mixed reactions from readers. "Kudos to all the celebrity mommies who shed their baby weight in record time," writes Cindi Taylor of Niagara Falls, Ont. "However, wouldn't we all be able to get our figures back if we had trainers, nutritionists, surgeons and nannies at our beck and call?" Others who have successfully regained their pre-pregnancy figures suggested that it could be done without all the help available to well-off celebs. "I am 10 lbs. lighter than before my pregnancy and have accomplished that with nothing more than eating right and exercising—no trainer or tummy tuck," says Sabrina Caverly from Arlington, Texas. "I'm in the best shape of my life. In fact, I leave for vacation soon and will proudly be wearing my new bikini."