Lynn Haven, Fla.
IDOL ACT OUT
A high-five for having Paula Abdul on PEOPLE's cover. I've met her, and she's very much the sweetheart we see on American Idol every week—minus the outbursts.
Los Angeles, Calif.
Looks like Paula and Simon Cowell could use couples counseling to learn to appreciate each other's differences.
Rainey Watts Cunningham
Isn't American Idol supposed to be a talent show? There's way too much focus on these two characters instead of the contestants. I'd like to see a show with real judges who behave professionally. This crew is too tired for me.
Simon versus Paula? It's getting nasty? Initially I fell for the feuds but quickly came to realize American Idol is using the same formula of reality shows that add drama to garner ratings. Idol doesn't need such shenanigans to lure viewers, and Simon provides enough entertainment with his dead-on, albeit cruel, assessments.
Just once I'd like to hear Paula say thank-you to Simon. If it hadn't been for him and American Idol, she'd still be on Hollywood's "Where Are They Now?" list. I guarantee you when American Idol is over, it won't take long until it's Paula Who?
Your account of Camilla Parker Bowles paints her as bright, lively and fun-loving. It just makes Prince Charles look more the fool for not having the courage of his great-uncle King Edward VIII to give up the throne for the woman he loved.
Cheryl Lynn Blum
Huntington Station, N.Y.
I'm so glad Camilla and Charles are getting married. They've loved each other since the day then met. And you can't tell me Princess Diana wasn't aware of this affair before she married Charles. She may have been the required virgin, but she wasn't stupid.
Marilyn A. Regolino
Well, it looks like Camilla finally got her prince. Too bad in was at the expense of a wonderful human being. Had Camilla and Charles been true to their love in the first place, the betrayal and sorrow the world witnessed with the end of Diana and Charles's marriage and pointless death of the princess could have been avoided.
HAIR PEACE FOR MELISSA
How courageous of Melissa Etheridge to stand up in your "Facing Cancer Head On" story. And in an environment that's extremely critical about appearance, how courageous is her "Here I am, it's hair, get over it" attitude. As a bald cancer patient, I'd love to shake her hand on behalf of all bald female cancer patients.
Regarding your story "When War Takes a Parent," I was pleased to see PEOPLE recognize the strength and resolve of military families affected by the war in Iraq. For many, this conflict exists only on the TV news or in the papers, but for these families, it's every day. We should all live our lives to the fullest and learn from the courage and conviction of these young children.
New York, N.Y.
These children should find solace in the gratitude we Americans have for their parents and the cause they died for. Freedom never comes easily. Their parents' sacrifice will never be forgotten.
Candy S. Wright
Dearborn Heights, Mich.
J.LO'S FUZZY FASHION
It's alarming that the outfits featured in "J.Lo's Fashion Show" are dripping in fur. Mink shorts? Oversize tacky fur hats and boots? I know it was described as her "high-end clothing line," but since when does "high end" mean "low class"? Her Sweetface collection would be comical if it weren't touting such a barbaric message. You don't have to be a member of an animal rights organization to realize this excess lacks taste and conscience.
Auburn Hills, Mich.
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