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updated 12/05/2005 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/05/2005 AT 01:00 AM EST

ELLEN DEGENERES

Your cover story was well-presented and well-written. Ellen is refreshing, upbeat, energizing, entertaining and incredibly funny. Hooray for Ellen!
Abby Rojas
San Diego, Calif.

Thanks for the terrific story on my favorite TV personality. It's nice to have a little insight into Ellen's life without feeling as though you're an intruder.
Mary Massaro
Brick, N.J.

Although it's sad and upsetting to hear about abuse at the hands of a stepfather, or any relative for that matter, Ellen has overcome this, and it was great that she was able to reveal it.
Judy Young
Rotterdam, N.Y.

While I have nothing against Ellen, her explicit talk of she and her girlfriend having kids as though she's oblivious to the fact that two members of the same sex can't conceive and give birth is absurd. Ellen's private life is her business and not necessarily an interest of others who spend good money for your magazine.
Mrs. W.C. Felder
Florence, Ala.

CARRIE UNDERWOOD

I've been a huge fan of Carrie Underwood's since I saw her American Idol audition. Not only is she an amazingly talented singer, but she's sweet and devoted to her family, friends and, of course, her hometown of Checotah, Okla. Carrie has a great career ahead of her.
Kristen Friedland
Silver Spring, Md.

Carrie Underwood is the American dream incarnate with her small-town-girl-conquers-Hollywood story. It certainly doesn't hurt that she has the voice and face of an angel. Bravo, PEOPLE, for sharing her rags-to-riches story.
Ann Phillips
Oklahoma City, Okla.

ALEC AND KIM

Basinger and Baldwin need to get a grip. Divorce is hard on a kid. Ireland will suffer as a result of the immature and selfish actions of her parents.
Sue Collins
Villa Hills, Ky.

Shame on your magazine for printing the dirty details of the custody battle involving this little girl, together with her picture. She's an innocent victim.
Amy Quinn
Lake Placid, N.Y.

BRUNO FRISONI

Nearly $20,000 for a pair of boots? Come on, folks! When will our society deem that absolutely ridiculous? All it takes is a glance at the news and tragedy that is happening in our world to realize that money should be better spent.
Tammy Mullett
Vernon, Conn.

HEIDI AND SEAL

Wow! Seal's commitment is so pleasing to observe. He stepped up to the plate as a father to Heidi Klum's little girl Leni. And now they've been blessed with Henry too! This is the kind of celeb family I get warm fuzzies for.
Dianne M. Kearnes-Musser
Kingstowne, Va.

CAMILLA VS. DIANA

As royal newlyweds Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, embarked on their first U.S. tour, it was Princess Diana who was still in the hearts and on the minds of most PEOPLE readers.

These two selfish people made life miserable for Princess Diana. All she ever wanted was a family and faithful husband.
Sharon Levesque
Amissville, Va.

Camilla, you're no Diana. Wearing a necklace like the one the Princess wore during her dance with John Travolta has to be at the top of the list of bad taste!
Carol Hawk
Basalt, Colo.

We've read, Camilla, about the stability of your relationship with Charles, that his children are fond of you, and that's all that matters. Comparisons to Diana are a disservice to you and his family.
Harper Wood
Equality, Ala.

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