Mailbag

updated 02/16/2009 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/16/2009 AT 01:00 AM EST

PATRICK SWAYZE

"Hats off to Patrick Swayze for not giving up. This man is truly an inspiration to me and my family"
Melissa Young
Bardstown, Ky.

Thank you for the heartwrenching article on Patrick Swayze. My husband has cancer and we know how difficult this disease is to endure. Like Patrick, my husband is fighting the good fight. And like Lisa, I am trying my best to make sure that he wins. Our thoughts and prayers go out to both of them.
Anonymous
via e-mail

I am very impressed with Patrick Swayze's candor and courage. His spirited response to his cancer gives hope to many people, and the fact that he continues to smoke is really none of our business. Patrick is a true warrior, and I wish him the best of luck.
Lorraine Kerz
Greenfield, Mass.

Nobody puts Patrick Swayze in a corner. I've followed his career since Dirty Dancing and believe he is a man of substance, full of integrity, loyalty and love for his wife, Lisa. Patrick has the angels on his side as he fights for his life.
Dolly Crout-Soto
Deerfield Beach, Fla.

I truly hope Patrick defies the odds and survives. But he's lying to himself and to us when he says he's doing all he can to beat cancer yet still smokes. If you're serious about winning the battle, you don't hand your weapons to the enemy.
Andrea Bailey
Raleigh, N.C.

JOAN RIVERS

How pathetically sad Joan Rivers' view of life is. One thing I've learned over the years is that the greatest people to spend time with are the ones who are not obsessed with their looks. I'll take wrinkles and character lines over fake-looking mannequin faces any day.
Paula Langston
Oklahoma City, Okla.

I would like to thank Joan Rivers, because when I saw her picture and read her article, it made me realize that growing old gracefully, without any plastic surgery, is the only way to go.
Deborra Okolovitch
Ortonville, Mich.

LISA MARIE PRESLEY

Lisa Marie's new twin daughters are a beautiful celebration of life, as well as a joyous celebration of the legacy of a grandpa who changed music forever. Thanks for the priceless photos.
Martha Orr Miller
San Antonio, Texas

As the mother of 4-month-old identical twin boys and a 2-year-old daughter, I was very put off by the interview Lisa Marie Presley gave, especially her quote about being "pro-nanny." These days not everyone has the luxury of being able to afford a nanny or to have "weekly dates with champagne and roses." My husband and I are tired 24/7, but that doesn't mean we aren't able to give our children what they need. Also, I sincerely hope that nursery was not for real.
Lisa Goldschmidt
Madison, Wis.

A FATHER'S LOVE

Our story on Matt Logelin, whose wife, Liz, died the day after giving birth to their daughter Maddy, sparked an outpouring of sympathy and respect from readers. "My eyes were full of tears as I read about what a wonderful dad Matt is," writes Libby Bartscht of Simi Valley, Calif. "The amount of love he gives his friends, blog readers and baby girl is heartwarming." Elizabeth Bayley of Seattle adds, "Matt is doing a phenomenal job as a father. This article reminds us that life is truly precious." Matt has established the Liz Logelin Foundation to offer financial assistance to young widows and widowers with dependent children. As for Maddy, she and her dad just returned from Mexico, where, says Matt, "she dipped her toes in the ocean for the first time."

Correction
In our Feb. 2 issue we omitted part of Bono's comment to the crowd at the "We Are One" concert. He said, "It's not just an American dream; it's also an Irish dream, a European dream, an African dream, an Israeli dream and also a Palestinian dream."

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