People Staff
November 12, 2001 12:00 PM

Calming Your Fears

Like everyone else in the country, I am feeling unsettled and anxious. I try not to get immersed in the news 24/7 so that my stomach isn’t constantly in knots. Your story helped put things into perspective for me and convinced me I’m doing the right thing by trying to lead a normal life once again. Thank you!

Jane Schor, Cooper City, Fla.

Stay calm, America. We need to worry more about high cholesterol than we do about anthrax.

Gene Ratner, Carson City, Nev.

We must overcome our fears and make New York City and all of America the home of the free and the land of the brave that it has always been.

Jackie Hernandez, Queens, N.Y.

Nancy Brinker

Shortly before my sister Eileen died of breast cancer at the age of 37, I participated in the Race for the Cure in Houston. My heart was heavy that morning, but by the time I had finished I was overwhelmed by all the courageous women, men and families that were there that day as survivors or in memory of loved ones. The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation has brought love, knowledge and strength to thousands of women. Nancy, thank you for your tireless efforts in fighting this disease. I don’t think you will ever realize how many lives you have touched with your promise to your sister.

Coleen Taminger, Pleasant Prairie, Wis.

The first time I met Nancy Brinker was at the University of Illinois in early 1968—she was the president of my sorority and I was a lowly pledge. She was tall, gorgeous, well-spoken and so impressive. Over the years, as I read about her work, I took pride in her accomplishments. Then my mother found a lump! After surgery, she has been cancer-free for five years, and I said a silent thank-you to Nancy. In 1998 and 1999 I went through two battles with breast cancer myself—surgeries, radiation and two rounds of chemo. Again, I silently thanked Nancy for her courage and activism. Now I’m feeling great, but still worry about my two younger sisters and four nieces. I can’t stay silent anymore. Thank you, Nancy, and congratulations. You are my hero!

Esther Fink Persky, Chicago, III.

Prince Alwaleed bin Talal

By returning Prince Alwaleed’s check, Mr. Giuliani violated the victims’ rights. The check was donated to them, and it was not for the mayor to decide to accept it or return it. The issue is charity, not politics.

Tracy Vu, Anaheim, Calif.

I am embarrassed by Mayor Giuliani’s rejection of the Saudi Arabian prince’s gift. All who grieve should be allowed to help, no matter what their race or creed. That is what democracy stands for. Thank you, Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, for still loving our Big Apple.

Gwen Hays, Castleton, Va.

Bravo to Mayor Giuliani for refusing money from someone who suggested that Americans were at fault for the deaths of thousands of mothers, fathers and loved ones because of their country’s foreign policies. Too bad for the terrorists that their goal will never be recognized. They have now awakened a sleeping giant, and we will not rest until we wipe them off the face of the earth.

Signe Pearson, Cottage Grove, Minn.

Doris Kearns Goodwin

I’ve always enjoyed seeing Doris Kearns Goodwin on television, and your article about her made me like her even more. Thanks for providing a profile of a wonderful woman who has made history a part of everyday life.

Jane Ballard, Colonial Heights, Va.


As a devoted Jennifer Lopez fan, I feel the need to come to her defense after reading the responses in PEOPLE’s Oct. 29 Mailbag. Just because she did not put off her wedding she is called selfish. Jennifer Lopez is doing exactly what President Bush and Mayor Giuliani have urged all Americans to do: She is going on with her life. Jennifer donated money and proceeds from her recent concert in Puerto Rico to the September 11th Fund. Her actions prove to me that she is an amazing person with a big heart. She does not deserve the constant bashing that she receives, especially in times like these. Shame on you!

Christina Chapman, Fernandina Beach, Fla.

Geez, tell those letter writers to lighten up! Asking for a break from the Sept. 11 news doesn’t mean we don’t care; it means the media has oversaturated us and we are trying to protect our mental health! For Patrick Lytle of Chicago to tell G. Benson to move out is the coldest thing I have read in a long time! God bless America.

Maureen M. Hentz, Plato, Minn.

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