Naomi Judd’s battle with chronic active hepatitis (PEOPLE, Nov. 26) will not be fought alone. Readers were moved by her faith and positive attitude and are pulling for her recovery.
Thank you for your compassionate article on Naomi Judd. Twenty years ago when I was diagnosed with a life-threatening liver problem, I would have given anything to read about a loving, articulate public figure like her. It would have helped give me the information and courage I needed to live with my illness. Two decades later and nine years after a pioneering liver transplant, I’m still here, alive and well. And so will Naomi be. Her faith and the love of her family, friends and fans will provide her with the strength to see this through.
CONGRESSMAN ANDREW JACOBS
I can’t help but feel how lucky Congressman Jacobs’s constituents are to be able to vote for someone like him, and how wise they are to do so. Unfortunately the vast majority of his colleagues, corrupted by power, are concerned only with personal financial and political gain. They display a contempt for the citizenry not seen since the days of Marie Antoinette.
MIGRANT FARM WORKERS
It is a sad time we live in when professional athletes complain that their salaries, ranging into the millions of dollars, are not enough for them. There are men, women and children in the fields who are literally working themselves to death to put food on the table and clothes on their backs.
I feel no pity for these people. My husband and I make $15,000 a year and are able to afford house payments and car payments as well as meet our other bills. And yes, we too struggle to put food on our table daily. If these people really wanted to get out of the fields, they would work at places like McDonald’s or in a grocery store.
Kathryn J. Georges
It is sad that the plight of migrant farmworkers has improved so little in three decades. But there have been some major leaps for these workers’ children—their school dropout rate has declined from 90 percent to under 50 percent. The BOCES Geneseo Migrant Center administers the small, private Gloria and Joseph Mattera National Scholarship Fund for Migrant Children, which awarded more than 50 scholarships this year.
Director, BOCES Geneseo
Please notify Fernando Cuevas that he can possibly obtain free medical care for his daughter Rita from the Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children. There is no charge. The children have to be under 18 years of age with orthopedic or burn problems. In Florida, call 800-282-1961. Outside, call 800-237-5055. They will be happy to help.
Instead of presenting Sarah as a bizarre case of mental illness, you should have presented her as a heroic survivor of childhood abuse. Sarah’s capacity to develop other personalities enabled her to survive devastating trauma and is a testament to the resourcefulness of the human mind. Sensationalizing such a case is an insult to thousands of men and women struggling to heal from wounds of early mistreatment.
Santa Cruz, Calif.
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