People Staff
May 14, 2001 12:00 PM

Demi Moore
My hat goes off to Demi Moore. I’ve always respected her as an actress but I think even more of her now as a person. It takes an intelligent—and brave—woman to put her career on hold and to say no to those big Hollywood bucks, all in order to fulfill the most important role of all: motherhood.

Marylana Fitzhenry, Caledonia, Ont.

While I applaud Demi Moore for putting her career on hold while she raises her children (without nannies even), isn’t that what the rest of us stay-at-home moms are doing? The only difference is that most of us don’t have the luxury of millions of dollars to fall back on. Even though Demi is a wonderful actress, she is only doing the job she signed on for when she decided to have children.

Mary Ellen Ingram, Sandoval, Ill.

Demi Moore leaving Hollywood? It left her. Her movies were really bad, her husband left her, and now she decides to be a single, involved mom? Please. If she were still getting great parts, the people of Hailey would still see the nannies, the self-indulgence, etc. Welcome to the real world, Demi!

Judy Jones, Orange, Calif.

Demi Moore has figured out what we non-Hollywood types have known for a long time: Family and friends are the true currency in life.

Tracy Sokol, Frisco, Texas

Candace Newmaker
What on God’s green earth was Jeane Newmaker thinking when she allowed two therapists to perform a “rebirthing” on her 10-year-old daughter? What kind of parent doesn’t step in when she hears her child say “I can’t breathe” and “I’m sick” at a clearly bizarre therapy session? I’m all for therapy, but that does not mean handing our kids over to someone as though we are not capable of having a rational thought about right and wrong.

Sheila Prince, Tulsa

I am a licensed clinical counselor, and my stomach was turned by the description of this so-called “therapy” and the resulting death of a 10-year-old girl. The women involved should not be allowed to call themselves therapists; a therapist provides safe, proven and effective treatment for emotional disorders—treatment that does not result in the death of a client.

Yvonne Wojtalik, Peoria, Ill.

I’ve heard and read about a lot of disturbing things in my life, but the story about poor little Candace Newmaker hit me in a way nothing ever has. How can supposedly intelligent adults just stand there and watch a child be tortured and killed? Everyone involved should get the maximum sentence, especially the mother for letting it happen.

Kim Cooke, Ridgeland, S.C.

I have to respond to Dr. Ronald Federici’s comment regarding rebirthing therapy being akin to witchcraft. I’m a practicing witch. His comment is no more acceptable than if he had said rebirthing was akin to Judaism, Catholicism, Islam or any other religion.

Robyn Harrington-Schmidt, DeLand, Fla.

Keanu Reeves
I just wanted to express my disgust regarding the article on Keanu Reeves‘s loss. I understand that as a celebrity you lose a certain amount of privacy. However, it’s disgusting and disturbing that PEOPLE sees nothing wrong with publishing photos of Keanu as he leaves his deceased daughter’s grave and as a pallbearer at his ex-girlfriend’s funeral. I thought you had more tact than that.

Nicki Helmberger, Plymouth, Minn.

Just the mention of Keanu Reeves usually brings a smile to my face, but as his self-proclaimed No. 1 fan, it breaks my heart that he lost his baby girl Ava and now Jennifer. Thank you for tastefully reporting this story.

Jennifer M. Hurlburt, Gainesville, Fla.

Jim Stillwell
I applaud California for Proposition 36, as well as Judge Stephen Marcus and Jim Stillwell. Addiction is a disease. Until the courts realize that and institute treatment for the addict, the addict will continue in the revolving door of the justice system. As for the opponents of Proposition 36 who say many addicts relapse, relapse is one of the many stages an addict goes through in recovery. But is sending an addict to jail the answer? I don’t think so.

Pat Brower, Toms River, N.J.

In your item about The Sopranos an attorney states that “For people who don’t know Italian-Americans, they think, ‘That’s what Italian-Americans do…they kill people.’ ” And people are so upset by this show that they’re filing lawsuits? Should other minorities file suits over every negative portrayal of someone of their ethnicity? If so, every TV network would go bankrupt. My advice is, if you don’t want to see it, turn off the television.

Elizabeth Roberts, Pittsburgh

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