There is no doubt that Athina will never lead a normal life with bodyguards and a $600 million inheritance. But it is refreshing to read that her father, Thierry, has been a good parent and that his wife, Gabby, has made it possible for Athina to feel secure, loved and included in their family. Remembering how sad and unhappy her mother was, I am glad to see a happy face on her daughter.
Carol Mattes, Orland Park, Ill.
I find it unfortunate that this little girl has no one but a moneygrubbing, two-timing father to guide her into a role that will only become more important as she nears her 18th birthday. Too bad that people with money always seem to have nothing better to do than to try to get more by screwing it out of the next guy. If Athina's Greek heritage isn't important to her father, at least let her have the money that her grandfather worked so hard to earn. To Thierry: Take your $6 million and stay out of it!
Gerri Tokar, Anchorage
I'm sure that the noise I heard while reading your story on Athina was Christina spinning in her grave.
Kelly Marrapodi-Munsell, Tucson
I hope the feud over Athina's fortune does not turn into a media circus and take away the continuity and stability of the family who so care for her.
Louise Clark, Littleton, Colo.
James Byrd Jr.
I could not digest that human beings could actually do this to another human being. I want the Byrd family to know that these three men who did this are truly the minority. A minority in the way they think. It scares me that any part of our society could feel this way. I am also sad when I think of all the people that are affected by one act, all the children. What are we teaching them?
Robbie Hamilton, Dallas
Never have I believed more in "an eye for an eye." Those involved are not men, they are some sort of defective subhumans who have no right to exist among human beings.
Nollie Taylor, Portland, Ore.
I have lived in Jasper, Texas, for 27 years, and I have never seen or heard of anything as horrendous as the fate of James Byrd Jr. This incident is in no way representative of Jasper. The citizens here are more united than ever today, thereby defeating the very purpose of this act of hate.
Sandi Slack Hutson, Jasper, Texas
I hope Mr. Byrd's family know how many people, black and white, are crying with them.
Aine Graham, New York City
I am so glad that Cybill has addressed the issue of menopause so openly and with such good humor. I applaud women who can talk about what is going on with our bodies as if it is normal—because it is.
Stephanie Staker, via e-mail
I congratulate Ms. Shepherd for doing this article. I am excited to be slightly behind the baby boomers, because part of their tremendous impact on our culture has been to open up a dialogue on a number of subjects not previously discussed in public, including menopause.
Siobhan Harrop-Scott, Toronto
Leave it to Cybill to thumb her nose at the medical community and the pharmaceutical industry, which want to risk our lives with hormone replacement therapy (HRT) because of a few hot flashes and some insomnia. HRT may be the savior for some but not for all. We should take the example of the guys. When faced with decreasing testosterone, they go out and buy little red sports cars.
Margaret Heller, D.C. Kentfield, Calif.
With all due respect (and I love Cybill), I have had enough of "experiencing menopause," and one hot flash is one too many. Some of us consider it less of an "amazing experience" and more like the pain-in-the-neck bodily annoyance of having your period every month. Two years of hot flashes gets real old, girlfriend.
S. Baldwin, Homer, Ga.
Since Eve, women have been going through "the change" and surviving, and I doubt we need Cybill Shepherd's self-righteous help. It's really not such a big deal, getting older, unless you are an empty-headed bimbo who worries about losing her looks and sexual attractiveness.
Esther Palmisano, Claremore, Okla.
Sounds like Cher could learn a thing or two from Cybill Shepherd on how to grow older with grace and humor. I hope that as I approach my menopausal years I share Cybill's positive, enlightened outlook.
Lisa Hansgen, Chandler, Ariz.
On behalf of all the abandoned and abused animals, may God bless Maddie's Pet Adoption Center and Richard Avanzino. He and his volunteers are saints. May this fine example of humane kindness and compassion set a new trend in animal shelters. Why has it taken so long?
Karen Strandhagen, Jacksonville, Fla.
There are millions of people who truly care about human beings but only a relative few who watch over animals. State and federal funding reflects this sad fact. So to "insulted" Mara Raider of the San Francisco Coalition on Homelessness, I respond: Let us have this one success. There aren't many.
Jacquelyn Misiewicz, Toms River, N.J.
We are pleased that our new pet-adoption center received such great exposure in PEOPLE. However, we need to correct our name. We are the San Francisco SPCA, not the ASPCA in San Francisco. We are not part of the ASPCA, which has its headquarters in New York City. Most SPCAs and humane organizations in the U.S. are independent and not chapters of an umbrella group.
Richard Avanzino, president, SFSPCA, San Francisco
I hope that IRS agent Donna Greeley doesn't get a decent night's sleep for the rest of her life. Shirley Barron is to be admired for taking on the big bad IRS. How unfortunate that she had to lose her husband to suicide to get the ball rolling. The IRS literally hounded him to death.
M.J. Alford, via e-mail
It scares me to think that if a lawyer can't resolve a tax problem with the IRS, how can an ordinary citizen?
While financier Alan Greenberg has the right to give away his money any way he chooses, I do have one suggestion. Perhaps he might finance a fund to provide for any children produced by the financially needy men he's helping to buy Viagra. If they can't afford a $10-a-pill prescription, they probably can't afford the potential consequences.
Terri Harvey, Fairfield, Ohio
Picks & Pans
When I read Leah Rozen's review of The X-Files, I was appalled. A "dull new movie"? Is she nuts? I jumped out of my seat four times when the action surprised me, and I wouldn't even leave for popcorn. Either watch the series or pass this assignment to someone else.
Julie A. Sullivan, Lawrence, Ind.
"Dull"? I couldn't possibly put David Duchovny and "dull" in the same sentence!
Amanda Feuerman, Agoura Hills, Calif.
Hey, PEOPLE, it's time to get a new movie critic! Leah Rozen obviously has no idea what she's talking about. The X-Files was a real treat for the show's fans, as well as a dazzling display of great acting, special effects, sexual tension and director Chris Carter's creative intelligence. The truth is definitely out there!
J. Smolinski, Cleveland
To say Scully and Mulder's romantic chemistry is weak leads one to believe that either your reviewer needs to check her pulse or PEOPLE needs to check her expense account. I don't think that she actually saw the movie.
Marie Rhett, Vancouver, Wash.
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