It amazes me how much that 17-year-old girl from MTV has grown up. Britney's baby shower looked gorgeous. I know this baby has done wonders for her, even before its birth. Her face just glows in every picture.
West Springfield, Mass.
Yes, I am happy for the expectant mother, but do you realize ever since Britney announced her pregnancy you've had a photo of her in your magazine every week? Enough. We all know she's a proud expectant Mom, but give us a break.
I thought about all the letters you are bound to get from people who will complain about Britney's baby shower or her money or her beauty or her marriage or something. There is nothing wrong with being young, pretty, wealthy (having earned her money), happy, married and having a baby (and having it in that order, no less).
Grace Harker Arcadia,
SINGLE DAD AT 18
I am amazed at Terrell Pough's strength. My husband and I are new parents and have been having a rough time because our 5-month-old won't sleep through the night. Terrell has so much more responsibility than we do, and not only is he a wonderful father, he doesn't complain. I will think differently when I'm awakened in the middle of the night. I, at least, have the luxury of going back to sleep for a few hours. Thank you, Terrell, for making me see the positive side of raising a child.
Cardiff by the Sea, Calif.
Terrell Pough's love for his daughter and self-determination to work toward a better life is inspiring and humbling. Your magazine sharing his story, along with a photo of Paris Hilton showing off a bauble that this man can only dream of, clarifies certain perspectives. Terrell is wealthier than Paris will ever be.
While Terrell's story is admirable, what makes his so different? There are thousands of young women out there struggling the same way, raising a child, going to school and working to make ends meet while still children themselves. Have you featured them in your magazine?
40...AND STILL A VIRGIN
In a world that thinks sex is a free-for-all, I was excited to read that those who've waited for Mr. or Mrs. Right are commended. My husband and I were virgins until our wedding night, and I can't imagine giving him a more special wedding gift. Thank you for an article where those who've chosen to wait aren't made out to be nerds, freaks or weirdos.
WAR AND PEACE
Many readers felt passionately about our story on Cindy Sheehan, the mother of a fallen soldier, Casey, who died in April 2004 while serving in Iraq. Sheehan had been camped outside President Bush's Crawford, Texas, ranch in the hopes of speaking with him. While most felt compassion for Sheehan's loss, by a margin of nearly 2 to 1 readers called her vigil unproductive. "While I can sympathize with Mrs. Sheehan, she may be forgetting one powerful thing: Nobody forced her son to join the military," wrote Brandi Trice of Millington, Tenn. "Her actions are distracting us from what Casey really is, a hero who sacrificed himself for the sake of our freedom." Other readers felt that Sheehan was well within bounds to exercise her First Amendment rights. "After losing a son to the war in Iraq, Cindy Sheehan certainly has the moral authority to question what noble cause he died for," wrote Randy Foster of Decatur, Ga. "I applaud her for her courageous stand."