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SARAH PALIN

"The Palin family has answered life's challenges with dignity, grace and unconditional love"
Alyssa Cremer
Colorado Springs, Colo.

I was delighted to see vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin on your cover. She represents a model of success that many women have fought to attain. I find the criticisms of her dismaying. She and her husband have made personal decisions that work for them, and she's not dictating that her path is the right one for everyone. Governor Palin is a remarkable example of what women today can achieve.
Jennifer A. Mitchell
Malvern, Pa.

I admire Sarah Palin's strength and courage. As a mother of a child with Down syndrome, I was told, "God does not give you anything you can't handle." I believe this is true for Sarah and her family. It seems to me that she has the faith to face any obstacle in her life. Her drive and determination should be an example to all of us.
Tracey Wilson
Mechanicsburg, Pa.

Apparently Sarah Palin would like us to believe that her commitment to her family and her love for her children take precedence over everything else in her life. However, it's heartbreakingly clear she is putting her political ambitions before her 5-month-old son, who desperately needs her. Parents deserve a better role model than a woman whose priority is her career, not her children.
Tiffany Anderson-Taylor
Gulfport, Fla.

I was saddened by the photo showing Sarah Palin on a hunting trip with a felled caribou. I wish that her love and respect for human life extended to the animal kingdom.
A. Tackett
Lake Orion, Mich.

SHIRLEY MACLAINE

In 1970, when I was 16 years old and living in Cuba, theaters were closed due to alleged "homosexual" activity; gay actors, as well as straight actors (like myself), were prosecuted. Writers, poets and anyone thinking outside the box were placed in work camps. I had to flee my country to save my life. What could Shirley MacLaine have found so fascinating about Fidel Castro, the man responsible for those atrocities?
Manuel Jorva
Miami, Fla.

DAVID DUCHOVNY

Here's what I don't get: In your article David Duchovny says, "I ask for respect and privacy for my wife and children." If he wants his privacy, why comment on his addiction at all?
Ellen Nance
via e-mail

DEBBIE JOHNSTON

I'm very proud that anti-bullying advocate Debbie Johnston is making a difference. People need to understand that bullying is a reality in our schools and that kids face it every day. Most parents don't realize a school bully could be their child. They need to get involved with their kids and listen to them.
Julie E. Uhrmacher
Jacksonville, Fla.

FOREVER FRIENDS

Maja Znidarsic and Ales Svensek worried about their son Tim, 4—not only because he was born with a rare disability that left him with a single finger on each of his foreshortened arms but because he often felt so alone. That changed when the couple, who live in Slovenia, read our March 19, 2007, story about Brazilian Rhea Tavares, 32, who overcame the same challenge and now works at the Federation for Children with Special Needs in Boston. They wrote Tavares, who had never met anyone with her condition, and she began teaching Tim adaptive techniques via an Internet webcam. On Sept. 13 a trip was arranged by her employer, and Tavares flew to Slovenia to meet Tim. Says Tim's mom, Maja: "Now Tim is able to look at Rhea and see all the things he is capable of doing." Tavares adds, "I want to follow his growth, to see him as a teen, to see him get married. This is a forever friendship."