People Staff
November 18, 2002 12:00 PM

Faith Hill
It is so nice to see two superstars put their family first and careers second. Thanks, Faith, for being such a model mom and expanding your career to greater heights.

Judy Clark, Calgary, Alta.

Your story about Faith Hill was inspiring. I didn’t know that her baby Audrey had been born prematurely. I’m so happy her prayers have been answered and that the child is now all right. Faith, bless you for giving us the beautiful music you do.

Michelle Moccardine, Akron, Ohio

Four months ago my daughter was also born eight weeks prematurely, weighing only 3 lbs. 11 oz. I can relate to the helplessness that Faith and Tim felt. These little miracles prove to us that they are survivors. They really do give us every reason to smile.

Kristi Barnes, Maple, Ont.

I am happy that Faith Hill and Tim McGraw‘s daughter is healthy. The cover billing “A Mother’s Crisis,” however, is inappropriate for this particular issue. The true mothers in crisis are those who struggle to maintain courage each day, knowing they will never see their child smile or cry because their precious souls died before their time.

Ginger Tompkins, Russellville, Ala.

Your feature on Faith Hill was right on the mark. She is able to balance career and family and should be commended on showing what it really means to be a mother in the world today.

Nathan Wright, Cleveland, Ohio

Deadria Farmer-Paellmann

I am pleased that you chose to showcase Deadria Farmer-Paellmann’s efforts. African-Americans still suffer from the psychological and economic impacts of slavery, and reparations are clearly a major step in healing. I hope Deadria has calculated the current value of 40 acres and a mule—it probably would have been much cheaper to pay off in the 1800s.

Gwen Kirkham, South Holland, III.

I was shocked to read the article about Deadria Farmer-Paellmann and her quest for corporate justice for slave descendants. A true humanitarian would have used her legal prowess to defend those unjustly accused and underrepresented by the legal profession. This country will never be healed until some very vocal people learn to forgive.

Barry Potter, Chesapeake, Va.

As an African-American, the thought of slavery does infuriate me, but I do not dwell on it. Ms. Farmer-Paellmann should be grateful for the house she lives in and food she eats.

Nikki Carlyle, El Sobrante, Calif.

Punishing white Americans today for what some of them did over a 100 years ago is preposterous. No white American living today has ever owned a slave, and no African-American living today has ever been a slave. The mere thought that a certain group of people deserves more than others is racist in itself.

Michael Dukes, Toronto, Ohio

Plastic Surgery

As a 13-year-old girl, I feel your article about plastic surgery was extremely disappointing. I think it’s great that undergoing surgery helped the people in your story find confidence, but that’s a terrible way to go about doing so. We need to learn to love ourselves as we are.

Maggie Diederichs, Kingston, Wash.

I want a grandma to look like one. Our society is beginning to look like androids. Would you honestly stop loving somebody because they have gotten wrinkles?

Paula Langston, Oklahoma City, Okla.

Erika Harold

My sincerest congratulations to Miss America Erika Harold for her efforts to stop bullying. While reading about her experiences, my own painful memories of my school years came flooding back. Good for Ms. Harold that she didn’t let the harassment keep her down. I hope all her former bullies read your article and choke on it.

Jennifer Benefiel, Bothell, Wash.

Warren Zevon

It is dismaying that a mind as active and fertile as Zevon’s will soon be silenced, but his mettle is most heartening. I hope that when it’s my turn to face death, I’m able to have even half the heart, humor and grace he displays.

Lucy Pfeffa, Decatur, Ga.

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