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updated 12/15/2003 at 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/15/2003 01:00AM

AMBER WAVES
Instead of "The Other Woman," a better title for your cover story on Amber Frey would have been "The Other Victim." It doesn't matter what she did in the past. If Scott Peterson presented himself as a single man or as a widower when he met Amber and she fell in love with him thinking he was unattached, that makes her a victim. Suzy Morkal
Fishers, Ind.

So Amber's ex-boyfriend Josh Hart thinks she suffers from low self-esteem? Well, Amber thought she was capable of stealing Hart away from his pregnant wife. Sounds like high esteem to me. Are we supposed to believe that Amber didn't know about Peterson's marital status when she'd been in a similar situation with Mr. Hart? According to her friend Mr. Hoffinger, she liked drama and volatility in relationships. Gee, ya think so?
David Klink
Fraser, Mich.

Why are you putting Amber Frey on a pedestal for having an affair with a man who may have killed his wife and unborn son?
Jamie Seivers
Georgetown, Ky.

LYNCH MOB
The members of the 507th Maintenance Company who were captured along with Jessica Lynch—and some even lost their lives—are getting little recognition. Meanwhile Jessica has gotten a $1 million book deal and is shopping for her wedding dress at Vera Wang. What's wrong with this picture? I have the utmost respect for all who serve our country, including Jessica. But instead of shopping for a designer wedding gown, she could use her newfound fame and money to help those who risked their lives to help her.
Larissa Lacman
Naugatuck, Conn.

Jessica Lynch was unable to meet with Mohammed Odeh al-Rehaief, the Iraqi lawyer who helped save her, because of scheduling problems? She was laid up in the hospital, so what kind of scheduling problems could she have possibly had? Maybe she should stop trying to profit from her ordeal and show a little bit of gratitude toward those who saved her.
Shawna Wilson
Issaguah, Wash.

THE OTHER JACKSON FAMILY
How ironic that in the week following my receipt of PEOPLE's Heroes Among Us Award for my work as a foster parent, I should find myself responding to your story about the Jackson family and the alleged starvation of their four adopted children. As long as people see evidence of abuse and choose not to believe it or report it, tragedies like this will continue. Abuse of innocents happens because we let it happen.
Kathy Harrison
Cummington, Mass.

Members of their church rally around Ray and Vanessa Jackson and excuse their monstrous behavior? The child-welfare caseworkers who saw those horribly emaciated boys on 38 home visits and did nothing are now defending themselves by pleading heavy caseloads? The Jacksons belong in prison, and the caseworkers should be fired. They are unfit for that job.
Carolyn McCrary
Hixson, Tenn.

ENDLESS HONEYMOON
I can turn The Honeymooners on and Art Carney will have me laughing so hard I start to cry, even if I've seen the same show a hundred times. Thank goodness we have the shows to watch now that he's gone. He always puts a smile on my face.
Marianne Sirel
North Bergen, N.J.

THE HALF-NAKED TRUTH
I would personally like to thank Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera for giving my generation the bad image of trashy styles and immodesty. Ladies, before you go onstage, look in a mirror and think about the millions of young girls that look up to you as pop stars. Do you really want to be their role models while you're half naked? Respect yourselves and put some clothes on.
Katherine Hottran
Glendora, Calif.

All I want for Christmas is an issue of PEOPLE completely free of any mention or photos of Britney Spears.
Jane Midgett
Sewell, N.J.

Be proud of yourself, Amber, for showing courage and coming forward to expose Scott Peterson. You're doing the right thing. Too few people know what that is anymore.
Dianne Duncan
Houston, Texas

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