You've done it again! In four of your seven profiles of new mothers, you make a point of telling us how much they weigh—or how much weight they gained, or how much they have lost. When you begin to treat women with respect for who they are and their achievements, and not for what they weigh or what size they wear, I'll consider purchasing your magazine again.
JOAN RADELL, Baltimore
Being a new mom myself, I always enjoy reading about celebrities and their children. I do have a question, though. You didn't tell us the name of Jennie Garth's baby or who the father is.
KRISTEN RITTERBUSH, Danville, Calif.
Jennie and her boyfriend, actor Peter Facinelli, welcomed daughter Luca Bella on June 29.—ED.
Thank you for the article on Jeffrey Hunt. Had I read this article two years ago, I would have taken folic acid prior to my planned pregnancy, and our son Jacob, who is 16 months old, might not have been born with spina bifida. We are very lucky. Like Jeffrey, Jacob's case was very mild, and the doctors repaired his "tethered cord" when he was 10 weeks old. As far as we know he will never be paralyzed, and he will undergo a CAT scan in January to ensure he does not have hydrocephalus. Though I took every known precaution, such as quitting smoking, caffeine and alcohol, and began taking prenatal vitamins, I never heard of folic acid until after I was pregnant, and by that time Jacob's spinal cord was already formed.
SUSAN WALSH, Mississauga, Ont.
I am alarmed about Colleen Wolstenholme's jewelry, which she makes out of her antidepressant pills. Has she or anyone else thought about the repercussions if this jewelry landed in the mouth of an infant or toddler?
GLORIA J. FRANK, Reno
Your article about "mood rings" made of prescription antidepressants forgot to mention a very important point: The unauthorized distribution of prescription medications is illegal, even if the intended use is not sinister. If Colleen Wolstenholme allows these to be sold, she risks arrest, trial and a prison term. Anyone possessing this "jewelry" without a prescription for the pills would also face criminal charges.
MATTHEW HARRIS, via e-mail
Wolstenholme's jewelry is made of hand-cast replicas of the pills. No real drugs are used.—ED.
You have made millions aware of a very debilitating illness that affects so many. I too suffered with various symptoms for more than two years until I was finally diagnosed by an allergist as having chronic fatigue syndrome. This is a very real illness, and we must find a better way to recognize its symptoms, diagnose it and treat it. As anyone who has CFS can tell you, it can leave you feeling completely helpless.
DEB GRABETZ, Monroe, Mich.
I can't think of a better television host for tabloid TV than Jenny Jones, an openly admitted dysfunctional! Dirt in, dirt out. Too bad the cards played her way when she and her show set up Schmitz and Amedure. You wonder how she sleeps at night knowing she is the only talk show host who caused a murder.
NANCY J. DUNN, Waterford, Mich.
Christy Sanderson truly is an angel to children who have lost everything to natural disasters. Having just one stuffed animal to hold onto when they find themselves in strange surroundings is an enormous comfort. I'm sure there are many parents out there with stuffed toys too good to discard but no longer used by their children. Tell us how to go about making donations.
NORA ENGLAND BASILION, Stirling, N.J.
Donations and toys may be sent to: Operation Toy Box, 3221 Quarry, Wake Forest, N.C. 27587—ED.
Sometimes I just don't understand your readers! For 43 covers we watched Diana's every move being scrutinized by the press. Your readers just couldn't get enough of it. After she dies and we finally get to hear her side of the story, suddenly they are fed up. I have never been a fan of Diana, but for me, these were the only two Diana episodes worth reading because they were the truth.
ANN SPENCER, Camino, Calif.
To all the people who are threatening to unsubscribe to PEOPLE because of the Princess Diana covers: Go ahead. PEOPLE will still thrive. There are millions of us who still love her, even if she were on the next 2,000 covers.
C.L. COOPER, Slidell, La.
Just because she's a subscriber, why does Bea Sheldon of Spokane, Wash., think she's any better than the "nitwits" who buy PEOPLE at the grocery store?
KATHY THOMPSON, New Castle, Ind.