"I salute Kate for stepping out of her comfort zone and having the guts to say 'In your face!'"
Gloria Garcia, San Antonio, Texas
Why shouldn't Kate have fun? Her career is not a conventional one, but at least she is providing for her family. In the end she is doing what all mothers do-the best she can.
Kate, please stop telling the world that you cannot support your children on a nurse's salary. There are countless single parents who support large families on a lot less. Enough with the excuses. Get real and admit that being famous is the focus of your life.
What about all the other moms and dads who appear on Dancing with the Stars? Are they bad parents too? Everyone needs to give Kate a break.
Silver Spring, Md.
I'm going to vote for Kate on my favorite show-even if she has two left feet!
CASEY DEN HOLLANDER
Your article on Det. Casey den Hollander, who adopted Patrick, the boy left severely brain-damaged by abuse, was so moving I was sobbing by the time I finished reading. There are angels without wings among us and den Hollander is one of them. Who is more blessed: Casey for adopting such a beautiful boy or Patrick for having such a special dad?
I enjoyed reading about the Oscars, but then I turned the page and read the story of Casey den Hollander. Thanks for reminding us about the real stars of this world like Casey who seldom receive a statuette in recognition of their achievements.
It is odd that these young starlets put on such beautiful gowns and then go slouching out onto the red carpet, ruining the whole look. The stylists and dress designers must be beating their heads against the wall.
HEROES AMONG US
I want to thank PEOPLE for the Heroes Among Us story about my husband, Chuck Sibley. A true gentle giant, Chuck is committed to his employees at Navistar Diesel and attributes the Huntsville location's success to these wonderful folks. They have treated us like family throughout the hardships we all have faced in the past year, and it is a privilege to be associated with them.
How sad to read about Mr. Escalante's illness. As a student at a rival school to Mr. Escalante's Garfield High, I often heard about his exceptional teaching abilities. He gave kids the knowledge to overcome any socioeconomic challenges or societal limitations.
As reported in our March 29 issue, MSgt. Robert Bergmann e-mailed New York City chef Sara Jenkins from his post in Afghanistan and asked if she could deliver pork sandwiches to 300 Marines, and she happily shipped the order to his squadron at no charge. With Bergmann's unit returning home, PEOPLE wondered what they wanted for their first meal stateside. Some requests:
"A bacon double cheeseburger."
-SGT. DANIEL ROBINSON OF CLEVELAND
"A slice of Big Apple pizza."
-GYSGT. JAMES HARDY OF MINOT, N.DAK.
-LCPL. JEFFREY SMEDLEY OF WARRINGTON, PA.
"Prime rib from Outback."
-SGT. KENNETH WEST OF GLOUCESTER, VA.
"Whatever Mom has made."
-CPL. JERRY KHAMDY OF GREENSBORO, N.C.