updated 01/12/2004 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 01/12/2004 AT 01:00 AM EST
Though they brought Hollywood to the White House, the Reagans' deep love and respect for each other was no act. So no matter what we thought of their politics, each of us can sympathize with the indignities our former President now suffers, as well as the sadness and loneliness Nancy Reagan endures. I applaud the Reagans' children, who have tossed aside their resentments, reconciled with their parents and now offer them help and support. Surely the Reagans' greatest legacy will be in the arena of family values.
Nancy Cohen Kram, Los Angeles, Calif.
I, too, care for a husband with advanced Alzheimer's disease, so I admire Nancy Reagan for making her husband's care the focus of her life and for her devotion to him. But focus and devotion are much easier to sustain when you have the help of full-time nurses and a full-time housekeeping staff, as she does. There are many of us who are doing it alone, with only occasional help from family and friends. We're the ones you should be writing about instead of those whose financial resources allow them to escape at least the physical burden of caring for someone with this horrible disease.
Stephanie Galusha, Enid, Okla.
How are we to feel sympathy for Nancy Reagan, who has so much, while others who have so very little are forced to work full-time, have no help and are full-time caregivers? The vast majority of these people run errands, do the laundry, pay bills and hope their insurance does not fail them.
Patricia A. Coomer, Cottonwood, Ariz.
I was touched by Patti Davis's loving article about her parents. She eloquently captured the poignancy and emotional turmoil that surrounds caring for someone with Alzheimer's disease. Thank you, Patti, for sharing something so personal—it will help other families cope with this devastating disease.
Laurie Meier, Blue Grass, Iowa
After reading how Mrs. Reagan has handled the daily task of the care of her husband, all I can say is there will be a special place in heaven for her.
K.L. Fisher, Lewisburg, Pa.
I felt anger and then sadness when I read about the destruction of Eva Kor's Holocaust Museum. Rather than shut out painful childhood memories, Mrs. Kor chose to share her experience and build a museum so others would know about the atrocities that befell thousands of Jewish children during World War II. I doubt many of us living in the U.S. can imagine the cruel treatment that she endured. Eva Kor's museum must be rebuilt so others will remember and never let that kind of terror happen again.
Elizabeth J. Donovan, Oakland, Calif.
PREDATORS AT LARGE
The abduction of Dru Sjodin is all the more tragic because it could have been prevented. The alleged abductor was a twice-convicted sex offender. While anyone can make a mistake, no one should be permitted to walk free after committing more than one violent sexual crime. Civilized society deserves nothing less than to be protected from these animals.
David MacRae, Wagner, White Plains, N.Y.
My heart goes out to the anorexia victims in your story. My 23-year-old daughter was anorexic for two years during high school and her treatment options were very limited. Thanks to the grace of God, determination and a wonderful psychologist, she healed and today is thriving and healthy. To Sara and Abbie and the thousands of others out there, your lives are worth living. Thank you for speaking out.
Lynne Pickering, Montgomery, Ala.
Is this the future of our country? Spoiled, self-absorbed rich kids like Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie, who think of nothing but shopping and partying? If ever there was a case made for inheritance taxes, this is it.
Rita Skinner, Riverside, Calif.
Paris Hilton may be sweet, but why idolize an empty head? My New Year's resolution: to not read, watch or listen to anything with the words Paris or Hilton in them.
Pat Hafeli, Greenville, N.H.