This was the most well-written issue I have ever read. Your staff has done an outstanding job covering all areas of what has become America's most horrific disaster. You have given names to the faces and heroes that we have seen on our television sets. Their stories are ones I will never forget.
Trisha Vail, Orlando, Fla.
I have been reading your magazine for years now, and I must say that the last two issues have been the very best. The stories and photos help those of us who are not in New York City, Washington, D.C., or Pennsylvania to be a deeper part of it. Let's keep the U.S.A. the United States of America.
Camille Avilla, San Marcos, Calif.
PEOPLE is the only magazine that I have seen that has covered this incident and not splashed the victims' images throughout its pages. It is horrible enough to imagine those inside the buildings jumping from the windows, but to see actual pictures is disrespectful, to say the least, to those individuals who lost their lives. I commend you as many others do.
Dawn Gorski, Carmel, Ind.
Congratulations on the extensive coverage you have brought your readers. While so many innocent people lost their lives needlessly, your heart-rending photos and essays brought to life the many heroic rescuers who struggled to save those lost. As a Windows on the World chef, I was photographed cooking meals for rescue teams. All of us who worked at the restaurant are deeply saddened by the loss of our coworkers. We have established a charitable fund to aid families of the food-service workers lost in the attack. The fund can be found at Windowsofhope.org
Michael Lomonaco, via e-mail
I just received your issue, and the tears are flowing again. Except this time they are tears of joy. I am proud of all the Americans who have come together during the aftermath of such a great tragedy and monumental loss. Together we have shown the terrorists that they have not and cannot accomplish what they set out to do—ruin our great nation. Keep up the great work, America!
Melanie Murray, Pembroke Pines, Fla.
Words cannot adequately describe how I felt when I saw the picture of Kevin Villa grieving over his mother's casket. The grief on his grandmother's face will be an image that will stay with me always. I just want to let him know that he should be very proud of his mother. She gave her life trying to save others. Kevin, I hope one day you realize how grateful we are for your great sacrifice.
Lisa Spivey, Houston, Texas
After reading the story about the two brave, selfless American heroes who carried the woman with juvenile arthritis to safety, I couldn't help but think of the new meaning this incident gives the song "He Ain't Heavy...He's My Brother." I'll never listen to it the same way again. With brothers like these, I've never been more proud to be American.
Adele Olmetti, Buffalo Grove, Ill.
Everywhere I turn, it's about the disaster—the radio, the TV, the newspapers and all the magazines. My one hope was that my good ol' standby PEOPLE would be able to let me escape for a couple of hours on the good stuff I'm used to getting from you, but no. Please, can we move on?
G. Benson, Phoenix, Ariz.
I thought Madonna
's comments regarding the terrorist acts committed against us were ignorant and insensitive. Thousands of people lost loved ones and all she can do is call Americans terrorists and tell us we are full of hate? Madonna
needs to take a lesson from the hundreds of rescue workers who are the real heroes in this world.
K. Lama, Boston, Mass.
In this time of tragedy, I was outraged that President Bush received just a photograph of his back on page 62, while you had more room on page 79 for former President Clinton and his daughter Chelsea. I am disgusted. This nation needs to be united no matter who you voted for.
Amanda Solowiej, via e-mail
While we will never forget and continue to pray for the families, by the same token, please bring back your Puzzler. It's not a huge deal, but it is one of my favorite activities. I do appreciate your coverage over the last two weeks.
Angela Boen, St. Louis, Mo.
There is a lot of pain still going on, but to see survival and rescue stories was just what I needed.
Kristen DuPont, via e-mail