Mailbag

updated 10/17/2005 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/17/2005 AT 01:00 AM EDT

KIRSTIE ALLEY
I wanted to let Kirstie Alley know that I have always considered her beautiful—inside and out—no matter what size dress she wears. Your article called her a "get-it-done gal." My sister and I have struggled with weight issues for years, and after trying everything, we have decided on gastric bypass, with the blessing of our doctors. I also believe in doing what it takes to "get it done." Kirstie has my admiration, and I look forward to her continued success.
Candy Johnson
Jamestown, N.Y.

Being in a business where you are judged on your appearance and not on your personality and talent, it's hard on a person's self-esteem when critics remark on a person's weight gain. I hope Kirstie succeeds in her bid to maintain a healthy weight, not for critics but for herself.
Elizabeth Savoy
Fort McMurray, Alta.

Although I am truly happy for Kirstie, I can't help but feel that she has a definite advantage over the majority of us who are desperate to lose weight. Even though I would love to pick up the phone and call Jenny Craig, the $12-$17 per-day cost of the program just cannot fit into the budgets of many people, especially when they have a family to feed. Perhaps instead of providing their plan free to friends and family of their paid spokeswoman, Jenny Craig should look into helping people who can't afford their program.
Lori Roleck
Crystal Lake, III.

GRAND THEFT AUTO
The fact that the families of the police officers killed by Devon Moore claim their loved ones were murdered by Sony, Take-Two and Wal-Mart when these companies released the video game Grand Theft Auto is astounding. I ask the families this: If any of the officers had survived, would they agree with your conclusions and join in your $600 million quest? The game does not "show kids how to kill cops" any more than Ozzy Osbourne encouraged kids to worship the devil and commit suicide in the 1980s.
Scott Werner
Oak View, Calif.

LEARNING TO READ
Adult illiteracy levels in this country are staggering, and the only way we're ever going to change that is to talk about it. We have to stop the shame and let adults know they're not alone and that there is help. I commend Angela Wade-Law for coming forward. It must have taken everything she had to tell her story. Michelle Meeks
Farmington, N.Mex.

KATRINA AND MISSING KIDS
Unfortunately, your article on Hurricane Katrina and missing children may describe many families in crisis and explain why poverty continues. You featured a 27-year-old pregnant woman with six children who panics and sends one here and one there. Obviously, she could not take care of the number of children she had. I empathize that her son is missing and hope he is located quickly. However, it is apparent that she also needs counseling, housing, job training and some effective birth control in order to manage her life and provide for her children.
M. Slater
Palm Desert, Calif.

ADOPTING ABROAD
As the parent of two children adopted abroad, I was offended to read the comments of Stephen Weiss in Mailbag, in which he refers to internationally adopted children as "poor little disadvantaged scamps." Given that America is made up of all nationalities and races, I am confused by what Mr. Weiss considers a "good old red-white-and-blue American kid." One can only assume he is referring to a Caucasian child. With his narrow-minded view of children not born on U.S. soil, perhaps we would all be better off if Mr. Weiss kept his own procreating to a minimum.
Lynn Leonhard
Oakland, Mich.

DANNY BONADUCE
Let me get this straight. After abusing drugs and alcohol to the point where he slashed his wrists, the only thing that convinced Danny Bonaduce to seek professional help was the promise that a reality-TV-show camera crew would be taping his "progress" in rehab? Get real, Danny.
D. Webb
Phoenix, Ariz.

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