I just finished reading your story about Andrea Yates. I could hardly breathe as I recognized myself in much of her early life. I consider myself in remission but still very much aware of the power of depression. There are no villains here, only victims.
Marcie Gordon, Safford, Ariz.
My heart broke when I first heard of Andrea Yates. I cannot imagine what those five children must have been going through when their mother was drowning them. As the parent of five children, I can understand the stress of caring for a big family. But the problem I have with the Yates situation is people not taking responsibility for their actions.
Susan Shelton, Lubbock, Texas
Villain or Victim? I don't consider Andrea Yates either one. She's a murderer. Case closed.
Sharon Thomas, Bristol, Tenn.
After reading your article on Andrea Yates, I can't help but feel there should be two people on trial—Andrea for murder and her husband, Rusty, for stupidity. He should have taken some responsibility and put an end to them having more children. It's not just the woman who makes that decision.
Julie Hanen, New Albany, Ind.
Are you kidding? Everyone knows that the only victims in this story are those five precious children who died. You should be ashamed, PEOPLE.
Allison J. Smith, Mishawaka, Ind.
I am very disappointed that you put Andrea Yates on your cover. As a mother of a 7-year-old boy, I have been bending over backwards to make sure that he has not caught any of the Yates tragedy on the news. I certainly don't need my son wondering why a mother would drown her own children. No child should have to ponder such things. I would rather see PEOPLE stick to more upbeat stories.
Amy Klindt, Jupiter, Fla.
Andrea Yates is mentally ill and should be treated as such. How little understood this disease is.
Ruth Tarlow, Lynbrook, N.Y.
I have just one comment for Joan Collins: You go, girl! No one blinks an eye when some old man marries a much younger woman. It's about time we put the double standard behind us. Joan is still a beautiful woman, and I hope she will find great happiness with her new husband.
Fay Harger, Maitland, Fla.
I was shocked and disgusted that Joan Collins and her fifth husband have not ruled out adopting a baby in the future. I find that a 68-year-old woman adopting a child is not only unfair to that child but completely selfish on the adult's part. By the time this child reaches high school, Joan will be over 80!
Andrea Beman, Edmonds, Wash.
David Pelletier and Jamie Salé
What a beautiful article on two people who share a balanced life of love and work together. Thank you for such a well-written foray into the lives of David Pelletier and Jamie Salé. They've shown the world what real sportsmanship is about. And why are you surprised? They are "charming and feisty"—and Canadian.
Kimberley Galbaransingh Yellowknite, N.W.T.
Thanks for your article on Bono. Not only is he a devoted father, loving husband, lead singer of the most prolific rock group of our time and an advocate for ending world poverty, but he will always have my vote for sexiest man alive.
Meghan Kelly, Lindenwold, N.J.
Your article about Sissy Spacek showed how important family is to her. Last December I arrived at the Charlottesville, Va., airport to meet my daughter Tina. She said, "Hey, Mom, look at the people behind me." Sissy and her daughter Schuyler were crying, kissing and hugging. Then when they went to the parking area a little girl said to Sissy, "My mom thinks you are Sissy Spacek." I thought, here comes a tantrum from a big star. But she kept on walking and turned to the child and said, "Honey, you go and tell your mommy she is right." You can't get much nicer than that.
Judy Bonello, St. Ignace, Mich.
I remember Kevin Rahm from Jesse, and I didn't know that he's now on Judging Amy. It's nice to hear that there are frugal people in the entertainment world. Please give him my telephone number.
Angela Johnson, Loveland, Colo.
My parents took me to my first Waylon Jennings concert when I was 11. When I was 24 I went back to see him. He smiled at me because I knew every word to his songs. He is sadly missed as I sit here and listen to one of his CDs with my little girl Jessie.
Laura Parson, Suffield, Ohio