NICOLE'S NEW BABY

"Nicole and Joel have a truly wonderful outlook on life, parenting and each other"

Sandy Scandrett

Mequon, Wis.

Thanks so much for the article on the Richie-Madden new arrival. I have just one thing to say: Nicole and Joel, you make the cutest babies!

Sharon McDonald

Tulsa, Okla.

With so many celebs in trouble with the law, dying too young and changing partners like they change their clothes, it is so refreshing that Nicole has turned her life around. She is a role model for others who would like to experience the fulfillment of a real family.

Debbie Kostka

Weirton, W.Va.

Nicole Richie and Joel Madden are trying to do everything right as parents except get married. Have celebrities gotten so far away from the world of "reality" that they don't see the need for marriage? For the sake of their children, I really think Nicole and Joel ought to consider it.

Eileen Owens

Napavine, Wash.

HEROES AMONG US

I have been a subscriber for many years, but I don't know if I have ever read a more heartwarming story in PEOPLE than that of the blind dad who adopted a blind son. That sweet little boy will always be loved and now has a chance for a good life.

Lisa Sims

via e-mail

JOHN STAMOS

I completely fell in love with John Stamos on Full House all those years ago, and your recent article made me realize why I still enjoy him so much. He is like a fine wine—he gets better (and sexier) with age!

Anne O'Finley

Chicago, Ill.

BALLOON HOAX

I'm disgusted that the Heenes got exactly what they wanted out of their phony balloon escapade—media attention. When the attention stops, perhaps the Heene children will no longer be used as props by their fame-hungry parents.

Tracey Flenner

Toledo, Ohio

JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE

I want to give many thanks to Justin Timberlake for raising over a million dollars for the Shriners Hospitals for Children at his recent charity event in Las Vegas. As a Lady Shriner, I know how much these hospitals need money to continue offering quality health care to children in need. How wonderful that Justin used his star power to bring attention to this worthy cause.

Sarah R. Chandler

Richmond, Va.

JAYCEE DUGARD

We have received many letters from readers who were moved by Jaycee's story and have asked how they can help. Donations (not tax-deductible) that provide for the continuing financial needs of Jaycee and her children can be sent to Jaycee Lee Dugard Trust Fund c/o Viewtech P.O. Box 596 Atwood, Calif. 92811

UPDATE

MOMS WHO DRINK

Our Nov. 2 story on mothers who hid their alcoholism from family and friends generated emotional responses and renewed discussion about the tragic case of mother Diane Schuler, who died with seven others in a drunk-driving accident in July. "When I read your article, I saw myself," says Lucy Hollis via e-mail. "I dealt with my daughter's high school years by being an alcoholic. Now I am in recovery and am so fortunate I didn't hurt my daughter or anyone else when I was drinking and driving." For the mothers featured, sharing their personal struggles has been life-changing. Emily Sadler received dozens of calls and e-mails and launched the Web site emilyism.com to "help other moms on the journey to sobriety." Says Rebecca Fenner, director of Women for Sobriety: "The Schuler accident was a wake-up call for a lot of people. With that tragedy came awareness."