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UPDATED 03/15/2004 at 01:00 AM EST Originally published 03/15/2004 at 01:00 AM EST

DREW BY YOU
Wow! New Drew, indeed. Thanks for a great cover and inspiring article. With no discernible parenting or guidance this child has managed to become a lovely young woman—inside and out.
Audrey Eberhart
Richmond, Va.

I've always loved watching Drew in movies. Now I have a positive role model for my daughters. I'm so proud of her, not because she lost weight but because she has it together. I have only one thing to say, "Aces to you, Drew!"
Joyce Didier
Fort Smith, Ariz.

Shame on Drew Barrymore for giving up vegetarianism just to get more protein and lose weight. Veggies can jump on the high-protein bandwagon and still keep their ethics. Don't eat a cow, man!
Jill Giencke
Cudahy, Wis.

After reading your story on Drew Barrymore I felt strengthened and inspired. I'm a woman in my early 20s, and Drew's story made me realize that life goes on and sometimes it goes on better. I've just gone through a horrible breakup and reading her story made me feel better about myself and my future.
Julianne Alonzo
Orange County, Calif.

I was so excited to see Drew Barrymore on your cover. Ever since she was in E.T. I've been following her ups and downs and am thrilled to see her happy in both her career and personal life.
Jennifer R. Bodkin
Tarrytown, N.Y.

CARLIE'S LEGACY
As a mother of two young daughters, ages 6 and 11, I feel for the loss of Carlie Brucia. I know that we tell our children not to talk to strangers, but have we told them the next step? That if a stranger has you by the arm to yell for help, bite their hand or kick them? Women are trained in self-defense classes against rape; why not our children against abduction?
Karen Bayliff
Ormond Beach, Fla.

As we collectively mourn the death of Carlie Brucia we need to question why our justice system failed. The story of Joseph Smith, her alleged abductor, includes 13 arrests, multiple convictions and acquittal for kidnapping and false imprisonment. Why wasn't he imprisoned? Simple hindsight would have saved this beautiful 11-year-old's life.
Maria Palermo
Stamford, Conn.

WEIGHTY ISSUE
As a former Atkins dieter, I was deeply upset to learn of the possibility that Dr. Atkins concealed his heart problems. After more than two years on the diet, I developed heart disease and almost died. I'm convinced my condition was caused by a high intake of saturated fat, an intake I felt was allowed by the program. Now it turns out that Dr. Atkins may have also suffered heart trouble. Too bad he didn't see fit to tell the world. A simple warning might have saved me from heart disease.
Jody Gorran
Delray Beach, Fla.

I find it disturbing that almost a year after his passing there are continued attacks on Dr. Atkins. As a doctor he tried to help people in the never-ending battle to lose weight. As a reward he continues to be criticized and cannot defend himself.
Rob Muzzio
Amherst, N.Y.

MELISSA AND MARRIAGE
I was deeply offended by your article on Melissa Etheridge and her partner. Not that it was about two women in love, but by the opinion about people from Indiana! Etheridge says that some of her partner's Indiana-based family came to the wedding, "on the very first plane ride they'd ever taken—to a lesbian wedding in California!" Well, golly, do you think they took Ellie Mae out to see the cement pond? Inform Ms. Etheridge that we do, in fact, have airplanes and lesbians in Indiana.
Adrienne Gelfius
Indianapolis, Ind.

WINNING SURVIVOR
Your story about Oklahoma City bombing survivor P.J. Allen and his family was inspiring. P.J. is a courageous young man who has faced great pain and suffering with absolute grit. His grandmother, Deloris Watson, is truly an inspiration. She could have made other choices, but she chose to put P.J. first and never wavered in the face of daunting challenges and complications. She devoted her life to that boy, and in so doing, surely gave him a reason to live.
Susan Beadle
Marietta, Ga.

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