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Baby Switch

Do you mean to tell us that the families of Rebecca Chittum and Callie Conley are both agreeable to settling this matter out of court, between themselves, and doing what’s best for both little girls? No lawyers? No long legal battles? No smearing the other family’s name in the media? Heavens, that isn’t the American way! Rebecca and Callie are doubly fortunate to have two groups of people who love and care about them enough to do what’s right.

Barbara Ploegstra Hunt, St. Charles, Mo.

“What’s best for Rebecca and Callie?” There can be only one answer: for all the media—-that means all forms of print, television, radio and, yes, Hollywood—to keep away and leave the families alone.

Ken Beaton, Sacramento

What an absolute tragedy. I pray that the little girls can stay where they are, with the people they have bonded with since birth.

Melanie Golden, Livingston, Mont.

Monica Lewinsky

Ms. Lewinsky should have thought about her future before she had an affair with the President. This is going to haunt her for the rest of her life. She might as well move out of the country now and get it over with. No sympathy!

Sharon Miller, Atlanta

Oh, sure, she wants to have her life back. When? After her book and movie deal?

Andrea McKoy, Baltimore

Poor Monica, having to stay in Mommy’s upscale apartment eating cookies and reading books. Who cares! If Ms. Lewinsky wanted a quiet, normal life, she shouldn’t have been doing the wild thing with the President.

Carla Hamborg, Prince George, B.C.

If your story was supposed to generate sympathy, it failed. If “poor Monica” didn’t want all the attention, she should have picked her friends better and looked for love with someone her own age and single.

Deborah Williams, Houston

The only victims in this are Bill Clinton’s family. Monica Lewinsky is nothing but a tramp. And what kind of creepy family life does she have, giving her mother a “stained” dress?

Stephanie Daulton, Las Vegas

I also fell for a sophisticated older man when in my 20s. He wasn’t as powerful as the President, but he was articulate and worldly, and his attentions were a powerful drug. Monica Lewinsky didn’t stand a chance. Our President was wrong when he said this was a private issue. He has unfinished business with Ms. Lewinsky, which should include an apology. I hope she gets it.

Jane Pureed, Claremont, Calif.

Ben and Bill

The devotion of those wonderful dogs to each other after Ben was deliberately blinded is bittersweet. I wonder how the scum who committed this unconscionable act would feel if his world was suddenly darkened. I hope Ben and Bill’s home is a peaceful and loving place for them to live their precious lives together.

Mel Critzer, Reston, Va.

I only hope the monster who stabbed Ben’s eyes out has already died a slow death to be followed by eternity in the worst recesses of hell—reserved for people who abuse those who can’t fight back.

Beth Bowers, Edwardsburg, Mich.

Camp Sundown

Caren and Dan Mahar have created a miracle out of their pain. Camp Sundown should be called Camp Sunrise for the hope it offers to children with xeroderma pigmentosum. How can the rest of us help? Is there an address where one might send a donation? If everybody who read the issue sent in one dollar, the possibilities are endless.

Molly K. Johnson, Lexington, Mass.

Could you tell me who to contact if I want to become a volunteer? It sounds like a lot of fun to be with some really cool kids who just want to be normal.

Amrita Dhaliwal, Charlotte, N.C.

The address of the Xeroderma Pigmentosum Society, Inc. is P.O. Box 4759, Poughkeepsie, N.Y. 12602. E-mail to—ED.

Adair Gregory

As the mother of a 12-year-old with Type 1 diabetes and the author of two children’s books on diabetes, I feel your article on Adair Gregory and his book is misleading. Sugar can and must be the best food when children suffer from a low blood-sugar reaction. A sugary food can prevent seizures, convulsions, coma and even death. And to imply that children with diabetes can no longer go trick-or-treating on Halloween is clearly not true. My son has taken part in this tradition since he was diagnosed six years ago. When he gets home, he dumps his treasures on the kitchen floor and picks out his favorites. His father and I “purchase” the remaining candy, allowing him to shop for something special.

Kim Gosselin, Valley Park, Mo.

Yes, diabetes is a potentially fatal disease but if managed properly you can look forward to a long and healthy life. Also, trick-or-treating is not taboo at our house. My 9-year-old daughter, Ashton, knows she must save her candy for certain times. Halloween is a normal part of childhood. Being treated as any other child is very important.

Stephanie King, The Woodlands, Texas

Having been diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes 14 years ago, I know exactly how Adair Gregory felt. At that time there was not a lot of support, which only added to the feelings of despair, and there were definitely no children-friendly books. I applaud Adair and his book Sugar Was My Best Food. I only wish someone had thought of this 14 years ago.

Courtenay L. Cox, Birmingham


Please, someone teach David Duchovny to think before he manages to offend the entire continent. Apparently he has had little experience with sexual harassment in the workplace. The point is that employers, and employees, should not be making inappropriate comments or actions at work. Gillian Anderson deserves every cent she makes for having to work with someone who can’t open his mouth without inserting his foot.

N. Gallagher, Houston

Mr. Duchovny seems incapable of talking about women without mentioning breasts. Maybe his problems are deeper than they first appear.

Stephanie Travis, Richmond, Calif.

The Ice Cream Man

Thanks for the feel-good article about Chubby, the Ice Cream Man. It’s so nice to see trust and good morals being passed down to future generations. By the way, I was one of those admiring kids who went to school with Chubby’s daughter Maria.

Denise Ceriello, Brooklyn

Our ice cream man in the ’60s and ’70s was Jake. He drove the Good Humor truck every day in the summer and parked it right by the side of our house. After his bell was heard all over the neighborhood, the call rang out, “The ice cream man! The ice cream man!” and we’d run as fast as we could to piggy banks and Mom. Your article choked me up with a lot of fond memories.

Sondra Bradford-Jennings, Montgomery Village, Md.

Picks & Pans

Why would anyone want to silence the Indigo Girls? Their music is inspirational. They are socially conscious, fighting for the rights of Native Americans, women and environmental protection. There is only one word from their albums that is inappropriate, and if you didn’t listen very carefully, you wouldn’t even know. And who cares what their sexual orientation is? People who object to allowing their daughters—and sons, for that matter—to experience the music and message of the Indigo Girls are depriving them of the opportunity of a lifetime.

Sarah Allen, South Orange, N.J.