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UPDATED 02/26/2001 at 01:00 AM EST Originally published 02/26/2001 at 01:00 AM EST

Survivor II
What a shame! Survivor II turned into Temptation Island. The producers simply succumbed to the pressures of Hollywood and went for the young hard bodies instead of personalities. We viewers want to see real people like fat, flabby Rich, rude Sue and cranky, old Rudy. Now Survivor looks like the rest of TV.
Antoinette Clifford, Scottsdale, Ariz.

Reality TV is for sorry people who don't have a real life. Get off the couch and become a survivor of your own making.
Carol Rowland, Ann Arbor, Mich.

I have a great idea: How about CBS pays me $1 million to watch this junk!
Sonni Greenberg, Wellington, Fla.

Who will be the winner of Survivor II? I'd rather spend my time counting the number of fibers in my living room carpet.
Richard Zowie, San Antonio

Lara Flynn Boyle
Although we were delighted to see a photograph of Lara Flynn Boyle in one of our gowns at the Golden Globe Awards, we'd like PEOPLE readers to know that the dress is the result of a newly formed collaboration between L.A. designers Pamela Barish and Jennifer Nicholson under the label of Barish Nicholson.
Pamela Barish and Jennifer Nicholson, Venice, Calif.

Rev. Jesse Jackson
As a Christian, I am once again embarrassed by the actions of those who also call themselves Christians. Sometimes I wonder, do we read the same Bible? I, too, believe that Reverend Jackson should be forgiven, but I also believe that he should step down from the pulpit and work on his family and his relationship with God. According to my Bible, those who are called to the ministry are held to a higher standard. You may think I am being judgmental, but the truth is that I, too, have sinned. The difference between Reverend Jackson and me is that I took myself out of the ministry, because integrity, repentance and healing were more important than power and position.
Kelly Finley, Portland, Ore.

Jesse Jackson wasn't concerned with "Christian forgiveness," reviving his spirit, or reconnecting with his family when his "secret" was still a secret. Only when the cat was out of the bag did these issues become important. Otherwise, he would still be enjoying his adulterous and immoral double life unbeknownst to the public, which thinks he's some kind of voice of the African-American community. The only voice Jesse Jackson has ever heard is his own, and his main concern has been how to keep himself in the spotlight.
Sandra Noble, Gladewater, Texas

Dorothy Espelage
Dorothy Espelage's views on bullies have some merit; however, her statement that "parents can't fix this problem" tells me all I need to know. Parents are the only people who can rein in pushy kids. When they start to take more responsibility for their children, schools will be safer, friendlier environments where children go to learn, instead of places where teachers spend the better part of the day being Mom and Dad to those whose parents are too caught up in their own lives to take more than a passing interest in what they are doing. Wise up, America! Schools have your children from 7:30 to 4, but education starts at home.
Kristie Polley Brown, Center, Texas

Twins Tug of War
As an adoptive parent, I found this story heartbreaking. I am appalled that prospective adoptive parents and an adult birth mother would put innocent children at risk and turn a loving option into a media circus. My husband and I suffered through nine in-vitro procedures and two failed adoptions due to birth parents changing their minds before we brought home our baby. Until state laws, such as those in Kansas, limit the money with which birth parents can be compensated and the time they have to change their minds, adoptions will continue to happen like this. We all know that the real victims are those two little girls.
Doreen Fiala, Roeland Park, Kans.

Mailbag
Although I expected to see letters condemning your decision to put Carnie Wilson on your cover [PEOPLE, Jan. 15], I was still astounded by comments expressing disgust that she should choose such a drastic means of achieving a tiny body. In fact, Ms. Wilson is hardly anorexic. She is a petite woman who is now at a healthy weight. This surgery is not for people who need to lose 20 lbs. It is a last resort for many who are morbidly obese. Please do not confuse Ms. Wilson's choice to have lifesaving surgery with a model's choice to starve herself in pursuit of beauty. Improved body image is a happy side effect. But the goal is improved health.
Beverly Holmes, Tipton, Ind.

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