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updated 08/18/2003 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/18/2003 01:00AM

SOMETHING TO TALK ABOUT
I have always loved Julia Roberts and have passed that on to my daughter. Now if anyone in the house is being dramatic, we even call it a "Julia Roberts moment." I was glad to see that she is doing something to give back to the fans who pay her $20 million-a-film salary. If she ever wants to help another fan, we would love to see her.
Jennifer Calvert, Concord, N.C.

It warmed my heart to see the picture of Julia Roberts with the young man who is very ill with cancer. I also know that several years ago she took some foster children who live in Taos, N.Mex., out for a day right before Christmas and bought them clothes and toys. Julia had no desire to make this public. She did this out of the goodness of her heart.
Patricia Di Vasto, Rio Rancho, N.Mex.

I don't care to be among those poking and prodding into Julia's private life. I chose not to read the article. What is or isn't happening in her marriage holds no interest for me.
Jacquelynn Morris, Russett, Md.

What a relief to know that after one year, Julia Roberts is still happily married. Looks like she may beat the record of Billy Bob and Angelina. Or maybe not.
Mertie Bourque, Edmonds, Wash

STATE OF MIND
Thank you for your article on Prozac kids. My 17-year-old daughter suffered from severe anxiety and depression and was also self-mutilating when she was hospitalized four years ago. She has since learned Pilates and self-relaxation techniques and uses her journals as her outlet. My daughter is now off all medication and thriving. There is an end to the darkness.
Kim Denison, Guilford, Conn.

I was horrified to read that the Schlossers put their 7-year-old daughter on medication because she had a difficult time making decisions. As the mother of a daughter the same age, I'd like to inform the parents that arguments over what to eat or wear are completely normal. Sounds like they're parents who don't want to deal and like a quick fix at their children's expense.
Kimberly Hanson, Seaford, N.Y.

It sounds to me like these kids are just going through the normal phases of growing up. I am 25 and was considered a horrible door-slammer at one time. I, however, was not put on any medication and both my parents and I survived the phase. I would also like to point out that Kelsey Schlosser has a poster in her room of a marijuana leaf. I wonder if that has anything to do with her moods?
Emily Post, Wheaton, Ill.

Can we please go back to basics here? We are creating robotic children through these medications. Will Prozac be the latest candy to replace Ritalin?
Lori Martin, Sterling Heights, Mich.

After reading your story, I have decided that I will no longer purchase your magazine. That was a completely onesided article and did not discuss the many cases of children who have been harmed by using these drugs to treat ADHD and ADD. My son was placed on a drug to treat ADHD and became unrecognizable to all our family and the school staff. In the future I would suggest that you do a little more research before your publication prints an article.
Rhonda Howard, Puryear, Tenn.

MOMMY MODEST
There is nothing more lovely than a pregnant woman, especially one who carries herself with grace and dignity. Jennifer Connelly, Reese Witherspoon, Carrie-Anne Moss and others are wonderful examples. Kate Hudson, by baring her belly, disgraces herself and other expectant mothers. Kate, look in the mirror!
Gerry McCarroll, Reno, Nev.

BRIDAL PATH
Thank you for the story about Jamie-Lynn Sigler and her beautiful wedding. It's so refreshing to read an article about a down-to-earth, talented young actress, rather than the Catherine Zeta-Jones primadonna types. Kudos to the new Mrs. Discala for keeping her head about her at the wedding and in life. Best of luck.
Stephanie Brady, West Newbury, Mass.

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