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UPDATED 03/03/2003 at 01:00 AM EST Originally published 03/03/2003 at 01:00 AM EST

Body After Baby!
I enjoyed reading about Uma Thurman, Brandy and Sarah Jessica Parker getting back to fighting weight a few months after having a baby. If a woman eats sensibly and limits indulgences during her pregnancy, it shouldn't be that difficult to return to her prepartum figure. These women need to look top dollar for their work. And they do.
Lisa Donne, HILLSDALE, N.J.

I'm six months pregnant, and after reading your cover story I don't know whether to be inspired or depressed by how quickly the celebrity moms profiled got their bodies back. Could you ask them to loan me their personal trainer? I'll need to be in shape to impress the other moms at the play group.
Tara Kearney, VANCOUVER, WASH.

Your staff has sunk to a new low with your cover about celebrities who quickly regained their figures after giving birth. As if new mothers today don't suffer enough societal pressures to be übermoms, now you venerate those of us who managed to fit back into our prepregnancy clothes in record time. It's not a contest!
Trish Jordan, HONOLULU, HAWAII

Your cover story was great, but you should have included noncelebrity moms who managed to lose their baby weight. Anyone can do it—and not only if you can afford a chef. I did it with my motivation, which was free.
Jennifer Faber,
LINCOLN, MASS.

Linda McDougal
My heart goes out to Linda McDougal and her tragic, unnecessary mastectomy. Hopefully, over the next months her path will become clear, and she will be able to regain her sense of health and well-being. I am also hopeful that she will cease to refrain from referring to her body as being "freakish." All women, with or without breasts, need to feel a sisterhood in dealing with this issue.
Nancy Murdock, MERLIN, ORE.

Linda McDougal needs to take to heart the words of her 15-year-old son Jacob that at least she doesn't have cancer. Make lemonade out of lemons, Linda. Collect the maximum cap of $250,000 and do some good with it.
Annette Regan, MELVILLE, N.Y.

Teresa Earnhardt
Thank you so much for your story about Dale and Teresa Earnhardt. While reading the article I had tears running down my face. Although Dale is gone, he is certainly not forgotten. Teresa is right. We are still heartbroken.
Clonda Gregg, AUSTIN, TEXAS

Your story stated that Teresa Earnhardt "fought off newspapers trying to publish" Dale Earnhardt's autopsy photographs. Not true. The Orlando Sentinel had no intention of publishing Mr. Earnhardt's autopsy photos and stated that clearly. Our only interest was to have a medical expert review the photos to see if Mr. Earnhardt died from the same kind of preventable head injury that killed three other NASCAR drivers in nine months. The Sentinel's goal was improving driver safety. Since then safety mandates, encouraged by our coverage, have dropped the NASCAR death toll to zero.
Timothy A. Franklin, vice president/editor, Orlando Sentinel, ORLANDO, FLA.

Terri Wolfe
It is unfortunate that Terri Wolfe, who was profiled in your Jan. 13 issue, ignores scientific data in spreading her sensational claims about Crystal Springs Preserve in Florida. It's also too bad PEOPLE didn't visit the Preserve before writing about it. Had you done so, you would have seen a beautiful, pristine place. We are very proud of our stewardship of this precious natural resource.

In cooperation with the Thomas family, the environmental award-winning owners of the Preserve, we are restoring Crystal Springs to its natural state after years of use as a swimming hole. Artificial beaches and concrete paths have been replaced by natural vegetation. As important, we are transforming the Preserve into a unique "Nature's Classroom" for scientists, students and teachers interested in learning about Florida's spring systems. Your readers can see the Preserve by visiting the Web site at www.crystal springspreserve.com.
Meg Andronaco, natural resource manager, Zephyrhills Natural Spring Water Company, ZEPHYRHILLS, FLA.

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