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updated 11/15/2004 at 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/15/2004 01:00AM

SUPER REEVE

Thank you for your heartfelt cover story. Christopher Reeve was a beacon of hope and an incredible inspiration. And through the depth of her love, his wife, Dana, epitomized the meaning of in sickness and in health and 'til death do us part.
Kathy Reeves
Gatesville, Texas

Your piece on Reeve was one of the best. The story told was one of courage and love, and the images you included show him as the true superhero he was. Now our Superman is really flying over us, protecting us all from evil.
Karen L. Quinn
Reading, Pa.

I was extremely inspired by Dana after reading your article because my 36-year-old husband was recently diagnosed with ALS. We have an incredible marriage and three beautiful children. The path that lies before us will be a difficult one, and I hope I can be as strong and supportive as she was to her husband. Yes, he was our Superman, but Dana also had the heart of a hero. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Reeve family.
Traci Trottier Genier
Cornwall, Ont.

Instead of giving up, Reeve chose to use his disability and celebrity to fight for the rights of spinal-cord-injury patients. He was a beautiful man, both inside and out. Rest in peace, Chris. You will be truly missed.
Robin Kaphan
New Rochelle, N.Y.

Your cover said it all—Christopher Reeve had the heart of a hero. His dignity and character were apparent to those who knew him. I hope in his heaven Christopher is walking with angels.
Linda Vassalotti
Warrington, Pa.

TELL-TALES OF TATUM

Some think being the child of a star must be heaven. My heart goes out to Tatum O'Neal for the misery she suffered as a child, which she discussed in your book excerpt of A Paper Life. She is a beautiful, talented woman, and now that she has excised the demons, her ex-husband John McEnroe included, I hope she can give the happiness she missed to her children. I think Tatum has finally grown into her own.
Pamela Nieuwlandt
Corona, Calif.

Ryan O'Neal calls Tatum's memories of the past "clouded"? Face it, Ryan. You were a hedonist with no concept of how a parent should love a child. We should be proud of our children, not jealous of them.
Donielle Chonko
Lake Charles, La.

Is Tatum having a self-imposed pity party by blaming her bad habits on her family? Is writing a shame book therapy or a way to make money? I'm almost certain financial gain was her utmost thought.
Nina Laney
Hubbard, Ohio

TOY SOLDIER
As a loyal PEOPLE reader, I was truly disappointed to find more coverage of Pfc. Lynndie England. I really don't want to hear more about this poor little soldier girl who has become a scapegoat in the prisoner-abuse story. She should step up and take the punishment she's due. As the wife of an active-duty military member, I'm sick and tired of women who sign on the dotted line just like the men and then curl up and cry. If she couldn't handle the heat, she should have stayed out of the proverbial kitchen.
Sara Vermeire
Las Vegas, Nev.

MARTHA'S JAIL BREAK
In your story "Doing Her Time," about Martha Stewart's first days in prison, the aerial view of Alderson Federal Prison Camp looks more like a private school than a prison. And, she gets to sleep in a dormitory-style cottage and is allowed to take solitary walks around the grounds. Although Alderson is a far cry from Martha's Westport home, it's also a far cry from the old three hots and a cot. Ask a homeless person or a family living below the poverty level what they think about Martha's new living conditions.
Debi Bloom
Nutley, N.J.

STAR CROSSED
Star Jones, who probably carries around more loose change in her purse than I'll ever have in my lifetime, actually asked companies to help sponsor her wedding by providing free goods and services? All I can say is tacky, tacky, tacky. I used to be a fan of Star's on The View, but now I'm just appalled and disgusted by someone who has so much and keeps asking for more.
Laura L. Colnes
Marlton, N.J.

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