Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise come off as two of the most pretentious people I have ever seen. Little wonder that they are called actors.
Allen Boone, Birmingham, Ala.
Tom Cruise tries hard to do the right thing? Leaving your family but refusing to communicate why, exposing your children to your new partner before the ink is set on their parents' divorce and constantly attempting to convince the public that you are a decent guy when your actions speak so differently? Try something else, Tom. It ain't working.
Terri McConnell, Carmel, Ind.
It's not PEOPLE's business nor mine who got what in the divorce settlement of Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman. Celebrities pay a huge price for their fame, and most of them accept the cost. But can't they have a private, dignified moment without outsiders putting a dollar amount on their belongings?
Sheila Allen, Queens, N.Y.
Once again PEOPLE has managed to publish a shallow cover story. I am a stay-at-home mother of four boys, and I know my story would be more interesting than Tom and Nicole's divorce. I think a much better title would have been "Who Really Cares!"
Misty Beall, Lumberton, Miss.
Who cares what Tom and Nicole got? They already have more than they will ever need or deserve.
Gayle C. Sollenberger Johnson City, Tenn.
Heather Mercer and Dayna Curry
Thank you for your amazing story about the incredible journey of Heather Mercer and Dayna Curry. Their faith in God and their courage and optimism should be an encouragement and inspiration to all of us. These women ought to be commended. I will try to think of their former conditions the next time I want to complain about something.
Deanne A. Kooima, Lombard, Ill.
I want to thank these two courageous women for their unbelievable faith. I have prayed for them every day since I heard of their captivity. They are truly heroes.
Angie Jaco, Columbia, Mo.
While I am glad they returned home safely, I don't think Heather and Dayna need to be lauded for such an act of stupidity. Why do they feel the Afghan people would be better served by their version of religion as opposed to their own? I find it the height of arrogance on anyone's part to feel the need to convert someone.
Pamela Ketcham, Houston, Texas
Both women should apologize to our citizens for their actions as well as reimburse the cost of their airlift. Pushing Christianity in an unstable Muslim country does not fall under the heading of American aid work.
William Palmer, Maui, Hawaii
Weighing In on Hal
I think Carnie Wilson, Emme and Jennifer Holliday are being ridiculous about the mockery of fat people in Shallow Hal. Maybe the three aren't familiar with the word comedy. And since when have movies been 100 percent reality?
Janel Calvin, New Orleans, La.
I would like to thank you for your article and for recognizing the insensitivity and irresponsibility of the film Shallow Hal. This movie is strongly reinforcing the notion that if you are a female, you better be a size 0 if you want someone to love you. I hope Gwyneth Paltrow realizes that she has made many little girls and women ashamed of the way they look.
Heidi Weaver, San Francisco, Calif.
I weigh 300 lbs. Imagine my pain when I viewed the Shallow Hal trailers in a theater full of laughing people with my 16-year-old daughter. She and I have always admired Gwyneth Paltrow as an actress. Now I view her as someone in a position of power who advocates intolerance.
Rosemary Kramer, Fort Collins, Colo.
I wish that people could understand that this is all part of show business. Yes, this movie may have made jokes about overweight people, but it doesn't mean that they're different from everyone else. Just remember that natural beauty comes from within and it doesn't matter what any movie says.
Alana Richards, Phillipsburg, N.J.
As the mother of a 2-year-old daughter who was born prematurely, I was moved by your article about Traci Conley and the Preemie Sewing Group. Thank you, Traci, for starting such a wonderful and useful organization. May each and every one of you be blessed.
Kristina M. Bolick, Bono, Ark.
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