I'm proud of Carnie Wilson for being brave enough to share her story with others. As a recovered anorexic, I know what it's like to have a life-threatening addiction. It takes enormous strength to come as far as she has. If she wants to spend $20,000 on herself to look better, good for her. Carnie, I celebrate your success.
Heather Chase, Cleveland, Ohio
Carnie Wilson is sad proof that, to some, enough is never enough. Not satisfied to solve her health issues with major surgery and the loss of over 150 lbs., she is now so obsessed with her looks that she is undergoing plastic surgery. While one can applaud her efforts to regain her health, one can only be saddened by such a decline into vanity.
Susan Kosior, Brighton, Mass
I'm neither impressed nor inspired by Carnie Wilson's weight loss. She has the luxury of being able to pay for gastric bypass surgery, plastic surgery and a personal trainer. Carnie's weight loss was achieved by the hands of others and nearly effortless on her part. Give me a story about a woman who actually had to struggle to lose such a tremendous amount of weight.
Erika Amaro, Minneapolis, Minn.
People who have never had to struggle with their weight cannot begin to imagine what it is like to be a prisoner in your own body. Carnie Wilson is now free!
Jill Stouffer, Scottsdale, Ariz.
I had to write to commend Christine Pelton and the colleagues who supported her. As a teacher, I too have had to deal with the problems associated with academic dishonesty. Many students feel the only way to get ahead in the world is to cheat. The real crime, though, is the parents who support those actions. Shame on the school board for trying to tell Ms. Pelton how to teach her class and double shame on the parents who refused to make their children accept responsibility for actions they knew were wrong.
Angela Holm, Newport, R.I.
Your story about the killing of Christina Long hit home. Parents need to police their children's time online. Maybe if more parents monitored their children's computer use, tragedies like this would not happen. Parents need to check their kids' profiles and Web pages and to sit with them when they are online. Your story proved that sometimes these children aren't as innocent as they seem.
Lauren Perrine, Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif,
I can't get enough of this young man's amazing voice. I have his CD and I play it each morning while I do my one-hour walk around the mall. I'm in the over-40 age range, and I can't remember being so impressed with anyone before.
Shirley DiLorenzo, Naperville, III.
The Queen's Jubilee
A rock concert at Buckingham Palace? Such an idea would never have been considered if not for the influence of the late Princess of Wales. Diana helped bring the royals into the modern world. Almost five years after her death, it still saddens me that Prince Charles is apparently going to live happily ever after with the love of his life, but Diana never got the same chance.
Diane R. Passamonte, East Hampton, NY.
Dr. Carolyn Stern
Like Dr. Carolyn Stern I was born hearing impaired as a result of German measles during my mother's pregnancy. I also would like to get a cochlear implant in the hope that I will be able to hear more normally and speak on the telephone. Bravo to Dr. Stern for choosing and excelling in a demanding career despite her impairment. I strive to be like her every day.
Cathy Mouchka, Sacramento, Calif.
Having lived in Romania for almost two years and volunteering in a dozen of their orphanages, I am grateful for Leslie Hawke. It is people like her who make me smile. Leslie, you are an angel from God.
Hayley Thompson, Salt Lake City, Utah
I was born and raised in Greenwich, Conn., and I agree that Michael Skakel doesn't need to be known as a Kennedy cousin. His getting away with murder until now had everything to do with the Skakel name and wealth. The Moxley family has been through so much. I only wish that Martha's father was still alive to finally see justice being served for his daughter.
Jeanne Rice Couper, Largo, Fla.