OPRAH WINFREY

"No one can take Oprah's place; another show will run in her time slot, but she is irreplaceable"

Arlene Uslander Sonora, Calif.

Oprah's decision to end her show in 2011 is the right one because she has covered it all—from the most fascinating guests to the hottest Hollywood stars. In getting so many people to talk about their lives, she gave us some of the best moments in TV history. Oprah is a strong woman who will no doubt go on to achieve even more.

Raquel Hanon-Boujo via e-mail

I'm surprised that you failed to mention Chicago's own Bonnie Hunt to fill Oprah's time slot. This good-humored former nurse is the best interviewer on TV. Her gifts of positive attitude, empathy and integrity would be a perfect fit.

Claudette Coderre Arlington, Va.

Am I the only person not upset about Oprah's departure? I think she has done a lot of good, but more so outside of her daytime show. And the placing of tissue boxes underneath each person's seat? Please! Her arrogance has done me in. It really is time for her to sign off.

Kate Wallace Larchmont, N.Y.

STYLE WATCH

I consider your highlighting fur vests available at bargain prices to be offensive. The animals that went into the making of those vests paid the ultimate price, and to have them touted as "cozy and chic" is deplorable. Please stop glamorizing fur of any kind.

Jenny Gerritse Omaha, Neb.

(Editor's note: All the vests in that story were made of faux fur.)

MCCAUGHEY SEPTUPLETS

Thank you for your thoughtful article about the McCaughey family. What a refreshing example of pleasant, polite and well-adjusted people. We should be showing these lovely Midwesterners a lot more respect and interest than the current crop of media-hungry, selfish parents being shoved at us on TV.

Randi O'Brien via e-mail

I enjoyed reading about the McCaughey septuplets. It's nice to see a family make headlines but still stay out of them. I just have one question: How can they feed that entire family on $600 a month?

Stephanie Mullen Wooster, Ohio

NICOLAS CAGE

The story about Nicolas Cage's financial woes made me think of one word: charity. Rich people are entitled to "investments." But 22 cars, 15 homes and a Bahamian island, to name a few? The very wealthy need to step outside of their bubble and realize that they are in a position to save thousands of lives in poor countries. An act of selflessness is the best kind of investment.

Amy Neuhaus San Antonio, Texas

STEFANIE SPIELMAN

Readers were disappointed that the death of Stefanie Spielman received only a brief notice in Passages. Spielman, 42, was the wife of former NFL linebacker Chris Spielman, who took a leave from football to care for his wife and family when Stefanie was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1998. When she lost her hair during chemotherapy, Chris shaved his head in solidarity (inset). Since then, the couple have raised more than $6.5 million to fight breast cancer as Stefanie battled through several recurrences before succumbing on Nov. 19. "With the recent controversy about mammograms at age 50," writes Beverly Muntean of Powell, Ohio, "Stefanie deserved a full story." And an anonymous reader from Stefanie's city—Upper Arlington, Ohio—is positive "her mission will continue."

Corrections

In our Dec. 7 issue, we misspelled Tony Romo's name in Star Tracks. In our Dec. 14 issue, we said that Tiger Woods's late father, Earl, was a former Marine; Mr. Woods served with the Army Special Forces. In the same issue, we referred to Khairullah Hayat as an Afghani. The correct term is Afghan. We regret these errors.