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updated 10/02/2000 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/02/2000 01:00AM

Rob Lowe
Rob Lowe has proven that, as with the rest of us, youthful mistakes are just that. You err, you learn, you grow, you succeed.
Susan Liberty, Phoenix

A highlight of my summer was a trip to a resort in Florida, where I spent some poolside hours along-side Rob Lowe, his wife, Sheryl, and his two sons, who were also vacationing. Not only was I a witness to the genuine love, closeness and respect between Rob and Sheryl, but what truly stood out was the fact that their children were so well-mannered and unspoiled. Rob and Sheryl could easily have chosen a secluded part of the resort to relax in but chose to hang out with other vacationers at the main pool. The ease with which they interacted with one another as a family and the way the entire family interacted with resortgoers is testimony to the fact that Rob is a very humble, unassuming guy.
Pam Litwin, Marietta, Ga.

Those eyes, those lips, that face, that man! Thank you for putting Rob Lowe on your cover and acknowledging what I've known for years. Who could forget him laying it on that saxophone in St. Elmo's Fire? He is still just as sexy as he was then, only now he's become a real man. He's got my vote for your next Sexiest Man Alive!
Kim Wedgwood, Sunrise, Fla.

Rob Lowe makes a sex tape with a 16-year-old, and you call it "naughty"? If Gary Glitter makes a "surprising comeback," will the kiddie porn found on his computer be dismissed by you as "silly"?
Lance Norris, Cohasset, Mass.

I have typically found Rob Lowe a bit obnoxious but felt that he is doing such a great job on The West Wing that I should give him another chance. I certainly am glad I did. He is a good example that people can change. Bravo for him!
Tiffany Jenkins, Milwaukee

Rob Lowe's comeback "surprising"? I think not. "Long awaited"? Absolutely!
Cathy Norrito, Ossining, N.Y.

Star Tracks
Please, please don't tell me that's a cigarette Michael Douglas is holding in his right hand while toting a diaper bag. At his age, if he wanted to take the responsibility of fathering another child, then he should educate himself on certain environmental hazards that might not have been an issue some 20 years ago when his first son was born. I feel sorry for the child already.
Lynn Levitin, West Bloomfield, Mich.

A spokesman for Mr. Douglas says that is the car alarm clicker, not a cigarette: "He would never smoke around Dylan." —ED.

Anamarie Martinez-Regino
When will the entire medical world and everyone else admit that morbid obesity is a disease not necessarily curable with diet and exercise? It should be obvious that little Anamarie Regino has a medical problem. Apparently it is a lot easier to blame her parents than to look for the real cure. If she does lose considerable weight in her foster home (and she probably won't if she lost only 10 lbs. in three weeks on a liquid diet of 550 calories a day), her weight loss will undoubtedly be due to the trauma of having been forcibly separated from her parents.
Mary Jane Whyborn, Seymour, Texas

As a former daycare provider, I can agree with the New Mexico authorities' concern for Anamarie. But where is the concern for the hundreds of thousands of other children who are abused each year in this country? If doctors find a medical reason for her weight problem, will she be able to return to her parents, who love her? It astounds me that parents who habitually abuse their children get second and third chances to keep their children, and these parents are having their child ripped away because they gave her solid food, not the liquid diet prescribed by her doctor. Who is looking out for the best interests of this little girl?
H. Lagstrom, Syracuse

This makes perfect sense in a country where the government has the audacity to hold a custody hearing to determine whether a child who is found floating in the ocean on an inner tube should be returned to his only living parent. When will our government stop interfering in the lives of its own and other countries' citizens? I can understand removal from the home in circumstances of physical abuse or neglect, but nowhere do I see either by Anamarie's parents. The true abuse is that of the government's power. This is becoming a scary place to live.
Gail Fleming, Columbus, Ohio

Julie Stoffer
As a 1999 Brigham Young University graduate, I want to commend Julie Stoffer's decision to participate in MTV's The Real World. While I certainly enjoyed my time at BYU, I can identify with Julie's feelings of wanting to get away from Provo—a.k.a. Happy Valley. It simply is not a place to go if you hope to find a lot of diversity. Though I agree with the reasoning behind Brigham Young's decision to suspend Julie, I think her experiences were ones she could only have gotten away from campus and were well worth the outcome.
Rachel Wahlquist, Louisville, Ky.

I am the same age as Julie Stoffer, and I also grew up in a Mormon family. I think Julie made a good decision that will only benefit her for the rest of her life. Being raised Mormon can be very beneficial for learning morals and optimism, but it can also limit one's opportunities for learning how other people live. Julie was the perfect example of that: very naive but willing to learn about and accept other people's lifestyles. I applaud her for that. As for BYU, she can find another great school with more personality like herself.
Ginger Hughes, Irvine, Calif.

Being an active member of the LDS faith, I was intrigued to hear that a Mormon would be on The Real World and began to enjoy watching Julie on the show. However, I was disappointed to see Julie's attitude toward Brigham Young University change because of the school's decision to suspend her. Julie herself had to sign the BYU honor code, which meant she knew what the possible consequences would be for her actions. Should BYU have made an exception for Julie? Certainly not, and I applaud BYU for upholding their standards.
Denise Adamson, Moline, Ill.

Woody Harrelson
Thanks for the article on Woody Harrelson, which showed his courage and conviction to stand up on behalf of the benefits of hemp. More articles like this are needed to bring the usefulness of hemp out to the public and to squash the notion that hemp is used just as a way "to get high."
Ellen Herndon Atkins, Mineral, Va.

Woody Harrelson is one actor Americans can be proud of! For a man of his wealth to willingly be arrested in the midst of this crazy drug war—with all its insane excesses—is an example of citizenship that every American should consider. His principled objection to the drug war is catching on because it's the right thing to do!
Dave Michon, Spooner, Wis.

Mailbag
I was completely appalled by Jack Foote's statement that "we have to lose some rights to make a better place to live." Now that our Fourth Amendment rights have been gnawed to the nibs, pray what rights is Mr. Foote willing to sacrifice next? Our right to free speech? Our right to bear arms? Women's right to vote? The greatest crisis in America today comes from those who are willing to hand over their God-given rights in hopes that some totalitarian big-daddy state will protect us from the big, bad, scary world outside. They are truly the danger from within.
Laura M. Wilkerson, Spencer, Ind.

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