People Staff
March 05, 2001 12:00 PM

Celine Dion

I would like to extend my warmest congratulations and abundant love to Celine. She has worked hard for so long, she deserves to rest and enjoy the culmination of her dreams, her new baby son. What a prize after longing for him for so long.

Mrs. R. Derek, Niceville, Fla.

I am happy that Celine Dion’s baby boy is healthy, but did this earthshaking news really require a cover story and five pages? If, as a miraculous new mother myself, I had been asked to move out of my own peach-hued birthing suite after delivering my own miraculous son to “make way” for a more famous new mother, let me assure you that the diva, her entire entourage and any hospital staff involved would have been collectively told to kiss my miraculous butt!

Amy Malik Carrithers, Olympia, Wash.

Excuse me? Another mother was asked to move from her suite at the hospital so Celine Dion could have it? Then celebrities complain because they just want to be treated like “normal people.” Yeah, right.

Cindy Stewart, Hoover, Ala.

Mari Prichard, the new mother relocated to make way for Dion, says she wasn’t thrilled with having to change rooms but doesn’t hold it against Celine. She’s a fan of Dion’s and understood the security problems.—ED.

I find it a bit strange that a woman who was so anxious to let her fans know she was pregnant (“We can’t keep something so big, so wonderful a secret just for us”) declined to release pictures of her newborn to those same adoring fans.

Jane Klich, Glen Allen, Va.

Knowing Celine will be putting her career on hold for another year makes me want to buy her music even more. Finally, a celebrity who puts her family first!

Heidi Pippin, Casper, Wyo.

A baby carriage worth $4,250! There are children in the world who don’t have enough food or clothing or a roof over their heads. I’d be embarrassed to let the world know I had spent so much money on what is, simply put, a stroller.

Janae Cotta, Danville, Calif.

I know you’ll probably receive a lot of criticism from readers about the way Celine Dion and her husband conceived the baby, all the money they have and how they can afford such a procedure, etc. I simply want to say, felicitations to Celine and her husband.

Kathy Nega, Apollo, Pa.

As happy as I am that Celine and her husband had a healthy baby boy, you act as if she is the only woman in the world ever to give birth! Give it a rest!

Tanya Cheff, Allentown, N.J.

Lionel Tate

I was disturbed by your article on this 12-year-old boy who was found guilty of murder. Am I the only one who noticed that Lionel’s mother left the children unattended for almost seven hours while she napped? I cannot believe that prosecutors in Florida are not charging Ms. Grossett-Tate with murder.

Rene Schleicher, Simpsonville, S.C.

It is a sad day when we are forced to sentence a 12-year-old boy to life in prison. I wonder why more blame isn’t put on the parents. I am the mother of a little girl, and I wouldn’t leave her alone at any age with a boy twice as old. Trading babysitting services with another parent is a great break for both parents and children. But Mrs. Eunick kept the kids busy and safe at the library, while Mrs. Grossett-Tate reciprocated by sleeping most of the time.

Diana Blatz, Costa Mesa, Calif.

Molly Nash

In 1996 we lost our beautiful 12-year-old son Paul to a brain tumor. What we would have given for the lifesaving gift that Molly received from her baby brother. I become incensed at Alex Capron and other ethicists who invade the domain of the most personal decisions a parent can make—and I pray that he and others in his field are never put in the gut-wrenching dilemma of Lisa and Jack Nash. Bravo for their courage and tenacity!

Andrea Adelman, Minnetonka, Minn.

What your cover should have been about was Molly Nash and her parents’ selfless gift to save her life, not some cream-puff story on a spoiled star giving birth.

LE. Isaeff, Jackson, Tenn.

Anthony Hopkins

I nominate Anthony Hopkins for best performance by an emotionally unavailable man. He’s not so special; Los Angeles is full of men who insist they don’t need anyone, although they sure are good at using people. Your profile used many words to describe Hopkins but was missing a few. Conceited, immature and self-involved come to mind.

Dolores Long, Van Nuys, Calif.

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