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updated 06/07/2004 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 06/07/2004 01:00AM

BACK TO REALITY
I'll take the people on reality TV over spoiled, rude, condescending, rich, foul-mouthed actors any day. Maybe reality TV isn't entirely real, but it sure is more honest than having to watch these actors play roles and then hear their mouths in real life. They should just act and keep their private views private.
Deborah Kennamore
Burlington, Kans.

American Idol is as set up as any of these shows can be. Almost every elimination is manipulated by FOX producers to create controversy and drama. Does anyone honestly think they would leave a lucrative singing contract in the hands of America's fickle voters? These so-called reality shows are very sad and disgusting. And the saddest thing is that American viewers just eat it up.
Elke Hodges
Santa Rosa, Calif.

BRAND IMPRESSIONS
If any couple could make their relationship work in Hollywood, I thought it would be Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston. But after reading your article on Brad, I'm not so sure. He admits to a wait-and-see attitude toward their relationship. Then Jen said she was wondering if Brad was the love of her life. Why get married with attitudes like that? Doesn't the phrase "till death do us part" mean anything anymore?
Sandy Archuleta
Albuquerque, N.Mex.

Brad's comments about marriage and commitment remind me of the old Saturday Night Live skit where the vows included something like, "until someone better comes along, or I get bored." In the meantime, Brad, please quit smoking now if you plan on having babies.
Linda Flack
Seminole, Fla.

You mean reality TV isn't really reality? Duh!
Vicki Busch
Pasadena, Calif.

IRAQI PRISONER ABUSE
I am in no way taking up for our soldiers in Iraq—I was horrified when I saw those photos [of abuse]. But if you really look at the photos, there was no bleeding, no hands, feet, fingers or toes missing. I know the photos look bad, but I would like to see photos of how our POWs looked in the hands of Iraqi soldiers. You know what they went through had to be terrible because they won't even talk about it. That doesn't make what our soldiers did right, but I want to see the other side of the story before I pass judgment.
Kim Phillips
Walnut, Miss.

Are we really to believe that nobody knew what was going on in the Iraqi prisons? Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and President Bush now have a serious case of egg-on-face. If they didn't know what was going on, what do they know?
Elayne Schildkraut
Manalapan, N.J.

MOTHERLY ADVICE
In your article on inspiring mothers, Pamela Thomas-Graham thinks coming home at 8 p.m. and taking over from her full-time nanny is the "Full Mommy"! And if given a day to herself, she would still leave them and fly to a different country! I think Mrs. Thomas-Graham should step into the shoes of the other women profiled, or come visit me for a week. I'm a stay-at-home mother of four, and I'm going to nursing school. I'm sure any of us would be glad to show you how to do the Full Mommy thing. It's women like her who make me wonder, "Why did you have children?"
Amy Abrahamsen
Westerville, Ohio

FAST-FOOD NATOIN
I applaud the attention Morgan Spur-lock has given to unhealthy fast-food living. However, I feel targeting McDonald's alone is unfair; they aren't the only ones serving up fat-filled options geared toward our kids. I'm sure Burger King, Arby's and Wendy's are smiling with glee because they weren't targeted.
T. Fadial
Bristol, Tenn.

CURVE ENTHUSIASM
Good for Kate Hudson for being proud of her pregnancy weight and not ashamed of it. She can be a wonderful role model for young women and girls and show them that you can have curves and still be beautiful.
Angie McConnell
Vandenberg AFB, Calif.

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