04/10/2006 at 01:00 AM EDT
"As soon as I opened your issue, I was transported into a limo with George Clooney
I love drooling over the gorgeous gowns in your post-Oscar issue each year. What saddened me this year, however, was the picture of Pamela Anderson
drooling over star du jour Shaun White. Shaun, honey, you're in way over your head. Go back to your neck-breaking aerials over the half-pipe. It's a whole lot safer.
Excuse me for asking, but what awards did Jennifer Aniston
or Jennifer Lopez
win? Your magazine's cover should have had Best Supporting Actress Rachel Weisz along with winners Reese Witherspoon
and George Clooney
Great coverage, but shame on you for only having one picture of Best Actor winner Philip Seymour Hoffman. He deserved to be on your cover!
HELPING RAPE VICTIMS
Your article about the Voices and Faces Project featuring the real-life stories of rape survivors touched my soul. These strong women have managed to conquer their own scars by telling others their stories of courage and moving ahead in life. Thanks for covering this vital resource.
The article on designer Dana Buchman and the struggles she faced with her daughter really hit home. My daughter is a beautiful, thriving 11-year-old struggling with dyslexia, dysgraphia and ADD. Yes, it's unsettling when you realize your child isn't the standard of perfect, but then realizing she's the perfect one of her is very liberating. It's what makes our children special and fantastic.
Susan T. Schouest
I'm distressed at the "freedom" Buchman felt upon accepting her daughter's learning disability. How shameful that this diagnosis would leave her "devastated." Children with dyslexia or language-based learning disabilities are not to be pitied. They're not to be placed in the background until their learning differences can be accepted. They need a supportive and loving environment, not vain parents who are ashamed that their child is not perfect in their eyes. Most dyslexic children are exceptionally bright. Perhaps Charlotte Buchman's real struggle was living up to her mother's perfectionism.
PAUL AND HEATHER
I appreciated your Scoop item on the McCartneys' Canadian trip to protest the slaughter of baby seals. Kudos to his wife, Heather. Many of us, if we lost a leg, would become wrapped up in our own loss, but she travels the globe to speak out against animal suffering. How anyone can wear an animal after gazing into the faces of baby seals is beyond me.
Tell McCartney seals aren't just used for their fur and blubber, but all of the seal is used for food. We keep the population down so our fish can survive.
Campbell River, B.C.
BAYLIE TO THE RESCUE
For Baylie Owen, making and selling $5 beaded bracelets to find a cure for her disease has paid off. Since the 7-year-old Texan was featured in our Nov. 28, 2005, issue, she's been able to raise $70,000 for Chiari Malformation, a condition in which the base of the brain bulges into the spinal canal, causing headaches, neck pain and vision problems. On March 9 she turned the donation over to Dr. David Frim, her neurosurgeon. "Don't worry, we'll have more money next year," Baylie, who's raised a total of $100,000 so far, told the doctor. "But when is she going to finish her homework?" Frim wonders. Additional contributions can be made at baylieforbrains.com.