Thanks and appreciation for your cover. For me George Harrison's passing was incredibly sad. Although he was much more than a Beatle, he represented the music and excitement of my teen years, and that feeling comes back to me whenever I hear Beatles songs. Now there is yet another piece of those impressionable times missing. Rest in peace, George.
Lainy Snellbacher, Sunnyvale, Calif.
Shortly after George Harrison's death, I turned to my husband and said, "George had better be on the cover of PEOPLE next week." Thank you for not disappointing me. George was a beautiful soul and a fine musician whose influence will be felt for generations to come.
Robin Kaphan, New Rochelle, N.Y.
Being 25 years old, I am a younger Beatles fan. George was an inspiration and good role model for people of all ages. Thank you, George, for everything. You will never be forgotten.
Sara McKnight, Stevens Point, Wis.
I have to be honest: I never really liked the Beatles' music. After I read the article on George Harrison, though I still cannot understand the music, I am impressed by the person he was. Usually we read about people with lots of money and fame who are empty on the inside. If there were more people with his sense of life, this would be a really different world.
Claudia Delgado, Shakopee, Minn.
I am sorry that we have lost a great musician. But my big beef is the quote from Louise Harrison, who said that her brother George didn't "get to experience the struggle of working to pay the mortgage every month." I sure would have liked George to have seen the alternate side of things. I know that I wouldn't moan if I didn't have to worry whether to pay my mortgage or feed my kids. So sorry that George couldn't just be a normal guy.
Carol Graham, Cygnet, Ohio
What a telling portrait on the second page of your tribute to George Harrison. The handsome, younger Beatle with a cigarette in his hand speaks volumes about the product that contributed to his early and untimely demise.
Carolyn Street LaFond, Olympia, Wash.
Thank you for your insightful article about George Harrison. I will treasure this tribute to him.
Leigh-Ann Higgins, Nashville, Tenn.
I thank you for writing this article. This past summer I was diagnosed with melanoma. There needs to be more awareness about it and how to protect yourself from it. This horrible disease happens to the young and old. I applaud Karen Graham for her dedication to helping other people in her son's memory.
Heather Steenrod, Toledo, Ohio
Thank you for your article about Enron. I think it is criminal that the top executives cashed in their stocks before trouble hit, while leaving their own employees in the dark and ultimately leaving them with little or nothing. My father was one of the many who were laid off. Thanks to Enron, my family's Christmas will be bleak. My heart goes out to the other families who suffer the same fate.
Dawn Tucker, Houston, Texas
While I feel sorrow for the families who have lost a child to suicide, I do not think it is ethical or conceivable to expect the college to play the role of guardian angel. If the parents didn't see it coming, then the school is darn well not going to see it coming either. Overachievers and underachieves alike, we all have problems and cannot expect our universities to monitor chemical imbalances and emotional triggers 24 hours a day.
Amy K. Finchum, Newton, Iowa
I can remember like it was yesterday—heartthrob Dusty Farlow and Sue Ellen Ewing on Dallas. But it looks like Jared Martin is not just another pretty face. What he is doing with those kids on the streets of Philadelphia needs to be applauded. I guess that proves money isn't everything. Being happy in your work is.
Kathy Trusner, Decatur, Ill.
I was delighted to read your story about Jared Martin's efforts to teach youngsters how to make movies. But why refer to those he mentors as inner-city kids? The three people in the photo all appear to be African-American. It seems to me that inner-city kids is an outdated way to describe black kids. If they were white, would they be suburban kids?
Brian Seraile, Washington, D.C.
Carol Burnett has my deepest sympathy about her daughter Carrie's illness. What a tragedy for a great lady and her family. I pray Carol will have many years of happiness and much needed support from her new husband.
Sue W. Chehey, Pollock, Idaho