"Michael has what he needs to beat this illness: a positive attitude and support from a loving family"
Your story on Michael Douglas is a fine tribute to a wonderful actor who has the courage to confront his present situation and the dignity to own up to his past mistakes. May he recover and enjoy many years of good health.
Woodland Hills, Calif.
I applaud Michael Douglas for the bravery he has shown by dealing publicly with his medical problem. There is no easy way around this disease, and I wish him all the luck in the world.
Late at night 40 years ago at LAX, I was struggling with a large box when I looked up and saw a handsome young man standing next to me. I said, "You're Kirk Douglas' son!" And then I got flustered because I didn't know his name. But he just grinned and said, "Yes, I am. And my dad would be mortified if I didn't ask if I could carry that package for you." And so he did. I've been a big fan ever since. Hang in there, Michael!
DANCING WITH THE STARSM
I just finished reading that Bristol Palin will join other new performers on the upcoming season of Dancing with the Stars. Perhaps I missed something, but when did Bristol Palin become a "star"?
Los Angeles, Calif.
Dr. Oz, thanks for sharing your story about your colonoscopy. An aunt of mine in her 60s had never had the procedure and thought it was unnecessary. She had two grandchildren and so much to live for, but she became ill, and by the time they discovered what was wrong with her, it was too late. She died about a year ago, and I cried thinking about how things might have turned out differently if she had taken the time for a routine colonoscopy. You have saved many lives by making this important medical test a topic of conversation.
I enjoyed the article on Meghan McCain. It's nice to read about someone who insists on being herself and having her own opinions, including the support of gay rights.
Rancho Bernardo, Calif.
The glorious way actor Chris Cooper and his wife, Marianne Leone, loved, nurtured and celebrated their son Jesse, born with severe disabilities, epitomizes the devotion we all need to raise our children. Their efforts make them the ultimate heroes in my book.
RIGHT TO DRY
Our story about Deb and Terry Brensinger, the Mechanicsburg, Pa., couple who battled their home owners' association over the right to dry laundry outside, elicited letters of emphatic support for aesthetic and environmental reasons. Wrote Pam Kuntz of Alexandria, Ky.: "Nothing looks fresher than a line of clothes blowing in the breeze." Added Adam Bierman of Princeton, N.J.: "Line-drying is an obvious win-win for your purse and the planet." Catherine Suter of Lake Elsinore, Calif., took exception: "If the Brensingers don't like the rules, I suggest they buy a home without the restrictions of an HOA."
In the MailBag of our Aug. 30 issue we misspelled the name of missing Oregon boy Kyron Horman. Also, in the book review section of our Sept. 27 issue a photo identified as Katherine Schwarzenegger was actually of her sister Christina. PEOPLE regrets the errors.