I wish your story on Catherine Zeta-Jones could have been 20 pages long! She is absolutely everything a movie star should be.
Dana Andersen, SOUTH ST. PAUL, MINN.
While I admire Catherine Zeta-Jones's work, I must comment on her remarks about having a second child. As an only child, and the mother of an only child, I have grown weary of the stereotype. We are no more lonely, spoiled or unhappy than those with siblings. I'm surprised Ms. Zeta-Jones bought into the myth. If she wants to have a second child, she should have one, period. Who cares why?
Paula Michels Olive, ELIZABETHTOWN, KY.
Your cover billing should have read "Her Black Magic Moment." Unless Catherine Zeta-Jones is expressing loss of a loved one, her reliance on wearing black during pregnancy seems to be a bad choice. After all the strides women have made to get out of loose, flowered muumuus, no one has done more recently than Zeta-Jones to equate pregnancy with a state of mourning.
Audrey Lynt, LOS ANGELES, CALIF.
Catherine Zeta-Jones is a wonderful role model for us stay-at-home moms. She is to be admired for her love of family and wanting to raise her children away from Hollywood and the prying eyes of the public.
Susan Craft, ORANGEVALE, CALIF.
As a mom having raised two older children and starting over with two young adopted kids, I couldn't agree more that the amount of homework given is ridiculous and that the overload is not beneficial to any student. If anyone knows of a school in my area that agrees with my sentiments, please let me know. I'll be the first in line to register my two girls.
By the time my husband and I get off work, pick up the kids, eat dinner and start homework, the evening is over. We have a first and fourth grader and they get homework every night. There are more important things in life than homework, but the teachers and school districts have their own agenda, which doesn't include family time.
Madeline Ceschini, CLAREMONT, CALIF.
So parents and their crybaby kids think teachers give too much homework. Well, boo-hoo! I am a high school teacher and I deny there is too much. Homework is necessary to reinforce skills and to make up for the time lost by teachers who are busy disciplining students. Students today are too busy working, hanging out or glued to TV and video games to take responsibility for their education. It's far easier to blame teachers.
Mary Ellen Bell, ROYAL OAK, MICH.
I applaud Don Greiner and the Grace Living Center. My 80-year-old grandfather has had several strokes. He lived alone and his health was failing. He is now living with family and children and has improved dramatically. Yes, the elderly need medical help, but their souls need to be fed and the young are the perfect ones to do it.
Barbara Ruiz-Martz, AUSTIN, TEXAS
They hurl obscenities at one another. Their youngest daughter sports hot-pink hair and their son wears fatigues. Yet, in this day of throwaway celebrity marriages, I am hard-pressed to find a famous family more devoted to one another than the Osbournes.
Marcia Klepper, GLENN HEIGHTS, TEXAS
Evan Marriott is quite simply the most annoying man on the planet. What a wonderful way to start a relationship—with a public liar! I'll be glad when his 15 minutes of fame are over and he crawls back under the rock he slithered from. A big rock with sharp edges.
Reginia West, SAPULPA, OKLA.
I would like Jennifer Lopez to refute the report in the Las Vegas Review-Journal if it is not true. However, if she did indeed swap Ben Affleck's generous tip of $5,000 for $300, I'd like to ask her why his excessive spending is all right if it is directed at her, but not so when it is given to a poor working stiff who needs it more than she does?
Valerie Overend, POTTSTOWN, PA.