So Long, Seinfeld
I just have one thing to ask—Jerry, please reconsider! I have no idea what my family is going to do now on Thursday nights without Seinfeld. Instead of hysterically laughing we are going to be hysterically crying. Well, thank Kramer there are repeats! Jerry, goodbye!
Rachel Schoenberg, Lawrenceville, N.J.
Who else besides me is maxed out on the Seinfeld madness? There wouldn’t be this much press coverage for the Second Coming. Enough, already! Get a grip, America, life goes on, the world keeps turning, yada, yada, yada….
Linda M. Hart, Worcester, Mass.
Good news, everyone! There is life after Seinfeld!
Becca Wareham, Norman, Okla.
Why are people making so much adieu about “nothing”? Seinfeld captured ordinary (and extraordinary) people coping with the vicissitudes of everyday life. After watching gargantuan tidal waves, mammoth creatures and strange encounters of the absurd kind for so many years, it was refreshing just to see someone open up the refrigerator door for a cold drink. Got boredom? Get Seinfeld reruns.
J. Foster, Brookfield, Conn.
I really don’t know why people are making such a big deal about Seinfeld. Throughout the years, his show has managed to offend many people from different cultures. His Puerto Rican Day Parade episode was very offensive and distasteful. I’m glad Seinfeld is off the air. So long, Seinfeld, the Puerto Rican community will not miss you!
Waleska Roldan, New York City
Thank God Seinfeld is not ending next year. I’m not sure the world could take the start of a new millennium and the end of a sitcom in the same year.
Michael Boorde, Keams Canyon, Ariz.
Karen Schneider’s account of her pregnancy certainly struck a familiar chord, since I am also a first-time new mother. My son Mose was born on Sept. 27, 1997, too. And imagine my surprise when I read that the author married on her parents’ 39th wedding anniversary. I married my husband, George, on my parents’ 39th anniversary as well. It also sounds like we both have a supportive, loving partner with whom we share this incredible time. I can’t help but feel some sort of cosmic connection. Not to mention that we both had healthy sons and gave them really cool names.
Jennifer Del Pozzo, Sacramento
I just finished reading Karen Schneider’s article “Vital Signs,” and never before have I been so touched and moved. Ms. Schneider gave me, a happy mother of three, a wonderful gift this Mother’s Day, in an excellent article that brought tears to my eyes. Thank you.
Patty Halbert, Trumbull, Conn.
Regarding Karen Schneider’s description of the “absolute worst day” of her life, when she sat outside her 2-month-old son’s door as he cried himself to sleep…Sleeping is not an “acquired skill” for infants. Take it from this new mom and the millions of others who have been there: Your son cried for you. The pediatrician who recommended that your baby cry himself to sleep is perpetuating the myth that tiny infants can be “trained” to sleep. Perhaps all little Cade needed was for his mom to lie down next to him and nurse him to sleep.
Rory Bennett, La Canada Flintridge, Calif.
Oh puhleeze! Did Karen Schneider really have to lend credence to that old saw that women get stupid during pregnancy because their bodies are “working on growing the baby”? I’ve been pregnant twice and I wasn’t any “flightier” than I am in my nonpregnant state. I also supervise women before, during and after pregnancy, and guess what—the quality of their work doesn’t change.
Mary Glover, Moraga, Calif.
Dr. Leila Denmark
In 70 years of practicing medicine, it seems that Dr. Leila Denmark hasn’t yet learned the importance of bedside manner. If I reached out to a pediatrician for help with a behavioral problem in my child and she told me, “Go look in the mirror. You get apples off apple trees,” I would be out the door and looking for a new pediatrician. Just as important as medical expertise (“She can look at a child and tell you what’s wrong”) is compassion.
Suzanne Striefler, Allendale, N.J.
Dr. Denmark, what a remarkable woman. She took care of both our children, from the day they were born until they got too old for a pediatrician. Our son Mike is now 41, and our daughter Melody is 37. When Dr. Denmark turned 99, I called to wish her a happy birthday. Of course, she answered her own phone at the office. When I identified myself by name, she immediately said, “And how are Mike and Melody?”
Margie Klaudt, Lawrenceville, Ga.
No one can clear Felix Ungar’s sinus canal better than Jack Lemmon!
Henrietta Huebschman, Minden, Neb.
Your article entitled “Nothing but the Truth” states that John Cook, a former FBI agent, testified against his son and helped put him in the electric chair. Mr. Cook’s testimony isn’t the only evidence, I’m sure, that convinced the jury to sentence Andy Cook to death. Certainly, the crime that was committed had to be horrible, heinous and despicable—a crime that warranted punishment by death. I am sorry that my son’s killer turned out to be Mr. Cook’s son. I understand testifying against his own son must have been an agonizing experience. I do not feel, however, that it could have been more agonizing than my experience—learning that my only child had been slaughtered and executed in cold blood. I am thankful the jury relied on the facts of the case and not their emotions. I have no other sons or daughters. No stepchildren. I have no choice but to go on with my life or live it in bitterness. I challenge Mr. Cook to go on with his life. He has other children and a wife, whom I’m sure would like to have his love and attention. After all, love is what life is all about.
Mary Hendrickson, Macon, Ga.
I must thank Carly Simon for staring down a most formidable threat and showing us all a lesson in survival. The grace and gusto which she embodies also informs the artistry at work in her music. Her coming forth with this most dire personal battle will no doubt save the lives of countless women. Carly has always been and will remain a beacon of strength in my life.
Jeffrey Sidelsky, Philadelphia
My heart goes out to Steven Kass. How selfish and self-centered can Maureen Kass be? She is still young and can find someone else to have children with. How sad that if the courts side with her [and she is awarded the embryos] Steven will ultimately be linked with her the rest of his life. Those are not babies that are frozen, but embryos. I think Maureen should get on with her life, so that Steven can get on with his.
Jana McKinney, Dallas
Hats off to Mr. Fred Boyce for having the courage and commitment to bring his story to the attention of the country. One can only imagine what other atrocities take place behind the walls of state-run institutions, orphanages and the like. If the CEOs of Quaker Oats and the scientists of MIT felt the experiments [ingesting radioactive isotopes] were harmless, why didn’t they and their families take part? Perhaps they would have proven that radiation flows faster down the digestive system of privileged human beings than those of the less fortunate. Shame on them!
Elizabeth Bourgault, Hanover, Mass.
I really admire Bryan Drapp for going through with his strike against McDonald’s. I work at a fast-food restaurant, and daily someone gets ridiculed by a manager. It has been me many times, and I’ve often left in tears, too. Hopefully some fast-food managers will read Bryan’s story and realize we are people too.
Katie Moore, Shelbyville, Ky.
Congratulations, Bryan “McHoffa” Drapp, on the strike against McDonald’s. If Ray Kroc were alive, I’m sure you would have made him proud!
Stacy Pangalangan, Worthington, Ohio