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updated 11/28/2005 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/28/2005 AT 01:00 AM EST

BODY AFTER BABY
Wow, it's amazing how these celebrities dropped their weight so incredibly fast. Thanks for the story of the beautiful ladies and the joyful bundles they brought into the world.
Heather Ustaitis
Worcester, Mass.

Women need to know that it doesn't take celebrity money or status to quickly lose pregnancy weight, just hard work and determination. I lost mine in eight weeks.
Brande Martin
Palm Bay, Fla.

Unfortunately, this article left me feeling more anxious about losing weight. I just had a baby two weeks ago and was putting pressure on myself to take the pounds off. No matter how you spin it, women want their bodies back, and no one wants to hear that it'll take nine months to come off, especially after seeing some celebrities do it in one month!
Lisa Cormier
Burlington, Ont.

Most new moms spend their child's first few weeks caring for and bonding with their new baby. It seems many celebs are spending that crucial time working to get back into their size-2 jeans.
Karen Opyd
Hickory Hills, III.

CHICKEN POX PARTIES
I read your story on chicken pox parties with intense interest. I'm happy to see there are alternatives for people who think vaccinations are not the right path. There are pros and cons to each and every issue. Thanks, PEOPLE, for bringing light to something I, the parent of two healthy vaccinated children, was not aware of. It opened my eyes.
Laura Lacko
Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.

I was disgusted by this story. While I believe children should be immunized, not doing so is a personal choice. But purposefully infecting a child with the disease is abhorrent. If these children die, will parents, like the one who wrapped her child in an infected towel, be held responsible?
Stephanie Rios
Las Cruces, N. Mex.

LOBOTOMY
In "The Story of My Lobotomy" [PEOPLE, Nov. 14], I was quoted saying that Howard Dully "could have been a drooling vegetable." Not only do I not recall speaking those words but I have made a point throughout all of my writing about lobotomy patients to treat them with the respect they deserve. Nobody, no matter how badly damaged by an operation, becomes a "vegetable," and very few of these patients habitually drooled.
Jack El-Hai
Minneapolis, Minn.

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