HEIDI MONTAG

"Your story on Heidi Montag is a good example of this country's sad obsession with being perfect"

Debi Drecksler

Candler, N.C.

I'm using the Heidi Montag story as a tool to educate my daughters about the perils of low self-esteem. When a woman decides the opinions of strangers are more important than the opinions of those who love her, she is in trouble. My girls are learning from this article that it is much easier, safer and less expensive to love yourself inside and out.

Shannon Watts

Zionsville, Ind.

The article about Heidi Montag was heartbreaking. What a tragedy to see a 23-year-old woman so obsessed with having a perfect body that she would undergo hours of surgery and weeks of excruciating recovery. Heidi had a beautiful body to begin with, and now she now looks completely fake and un-natural. But perhaps the saddest part is that she doesn't see anything wrong with spending thousands of dollars on unnecessary surgeries. In the wake of the disaster in Haiti, one can only wonder how many people this money could have helped if put to better use.

Jocelyn Mason Menlo Park, Calif.

Bravo to Heidi Montag! Not only does she look absolutely gorgeous, she is being honest about something that most celebrities won't talk about and most regular folks would love to be able to do if they could afford it.

Kaylyn Berg

Calgary, Alta.

WALT FRICKE

Your story on Walt Fricke could not have come at a better time for me. My son is serving in Afghanistan, and I often feel alone in my fears. Reading how the volunteer pilots of Veterans Airlift Command bring soldiers and their families together really lifted my spirits. It makes my heart soar to know that my son's service to our country is so appreciated. Thank you for making a worried mother a happy woman.

Kathrine Ford

Loveland, Colo.

THE OBAMAS

I laughed and I cried while reading your article on the Obamas' first year in the White House. Their focus on family, the economic crisis and our soldiers is inspiring. I'm proud to have them representing Americans.

Kristen Lewis

Portland, Ore.

MIEP GIES

Miep Gies was an amazing person who risked her life for the sake of others. If not for her courage, the world would never have gotten the opportunity to learn about the life of Anne Frank.

Stacy Balibrea

Glendora, Calif.

BODY WATCH

Thanks for the story about Danielle Fishel reaching a maintainable weight. Sometimes when a person exercises and eats the right foods, their body settles in at what weight is best for them. It's refreshing to know that not everyone in Hollywood is concerned about being a size 0.

Beth Otis

Aurora, Colo.

UPDATE

TOASTING A MIRACLE

After reading our story on the one-year anniversary of Flight 1549, Angela Buono of San Diego wrote, "I feel inspired to try to live my life to the fullest and not wait to tell loved ones how much they mean to me." Passengers and crew of the flight gathered in Manhattan recently to celebrate their amazing survival. Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger III and about a hundred others boarded one of the ferries that rescued them from the sinking plane and made the short trip to the spot where the jet, its engines disabled by Canada geese, ditched in the river. At 3:31 p.m., the moment the plane glided onto the icy waters, everyone raised their glasses—many filled, fittingly, with Grey Goose vodka—and toasted the unforgettable splashdown. A beaming Sully told the group, "We have so much to be grateful for."