"Britney Spears looks adorable, and her son couldn't be cuter. Kudos for keeping your head up, Britney."
Green Bay, Wis.
I am so happy that someone finally decided to do a good story about Britney Spears. I think so many of us forget the mistakes we make daily, because we are not scrutinized by everyone. Okay, so Britney has had a few "mom mistakes"; she's not the only one. She is human, and she is also hounded nonstop by the press just waiting for her to do something wrong. Britney, Kevin and kids, keep on doing all the things you're doing. Eventually, the press will take a break and annoy someone else.
I have never been a Britney Spears fan. However, after all the bad press she has received over her new marriage and her gorgeous boy, Sean Preston, give the gal a break. She is one month away from giving birth to her second child, and she looks stunning. She seems jovial and full of confidence. I also think the darker hair is working for her, as well as the love she is receiving from family and friends. More power to ya.
West Lafayette, Ind.
I'm confused. A few months ago Britney cried in her interview with Matt Lauer about her loss of privacy, about how the press has hounded her and about how she wants peace for her and her family. Now she plasters her picture on the cover of your magazine and relates personal things about herself, her husband and her child. Plus, she talks about her cravings and the fact that this pregnancy wasn't planned. What is her definition of privacy? I don't think she knows what she wants. Frankly, I've had enough.
When Robin Williams is funny and cuddly, the media adore him. As Mr. Williams goes through a very private time in his life [after entering rehab], the media attack both him and his family. I applaud Mr. Williams for doing what millions of Americans are too weak to do. He put his family above his weakness, and whether it was an ultimatum or not is no one's business but his and his family's. A man's strength is measured in the way he faces his battles, not runs from them. I hope that Hollywood gives the Williams family the space they need to resolve their issues. I wish Mr. Williams and his family the best and hope he does not rush back to work. We will be here when he is ready.
Regarding the article on Mary Winkler, the woman accused of murdering her husband, Erin Brownyard is quoted as saying, "If my husband was emotionally abusive, before I'd kill him, I'd just leave." Unfortunately, this demonstrates a widely held belief that these women even remotely think they have a choice. Thousands of mentally battered women have been told they could never make it on their own or that they would be killed if they tried to leave. Ms. Brownyard, you need to take sensitivity training at a battered women's shelter.
KATRINA: MEMORIES AND HOPE
Our story on the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina brought many readers' memories to the surface. One who withheld her name recalled thinking how tough it had been to go four days without water or power. "But looking back," she acknowledges, "it was like being at the Ritz Carlton compared to other people's struggles." Several people wanted to make sure that none of the storm's victims were forgotten. "The article on Hurricane Katrina had nothing about all the survivors, like myself, from Mississippi," writes LeAnne Strong of Purvis. "Some people in New Orleans had places to go back to, but not us."