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Thanks for the great interview with Kirstie Alley. She says it’s unacceptable to be fat and wants to be skinny so she can look good. My advice: Kirstie, see a psychiatrist. Your self-image could really use some work, maybe even more than your body!

Nicole M. Noonan

Hartford, Wis.

As an overweight person, I struggle daily with my weight, without a fraction of the resources Kirstie has. I’m truly hurt by her flippant attitude.

Kelley Johnson

Greensboro, N.C.

After saying she’s okay with being fat, she now vows to get skinny? Some celebs are just self-absorbed egomaniacs looking for the next gimmick to keep their faces in print.

Trace Baker

Ashville, Pa.

I guess the Hollywood pressure to be thin got to Kirstie. Just when I thought someone in Hollywood understood normal life, another hypocrite is born. I’m very disappointed in Kirstie and instead of looking forward to her new show, I will avoid it.

Kerri A. Eyler

Woodsboro, Md.

Fat can be just as pretty as thin, Kirstie. For once it was refreshing to have a spokesmodel for those of us overweight. Too bad it was all a farce.

C.J. Harris

Fort Worth, Texas

Kirstie, you’re amazing. I love your attitude toward your weight and know you’ll succeed because of it. You didn’t ask to be a role model for us fat people, but your great attitude and wonderful sense of humor make it hard to not love and admire you.

Stephanie Adams

San Bernardino, Calif.

Alley is obviously not a role model for anyone, since she can’t love herself for who she is.

Miranda Foster

Huntsville, Ala.

Kirstie is looking more beautiful now than ever, so it doesn’t make sense that she’s succumbing to the old Hollywood stereotype to be skinny. Give me a break, girl! You’re hot!

Deana Dennis

Katy, Texas


The courage of the Kimball sisters, the five women who carry a breast-cancer gene, reflects the bravery of thousands of women touched by this disease. I know only too well the ravages of the cancer. I lost my only sister, who died at 39 and left four small children motherless. Congratulations to the Kimball family for reaching out while in the middle of their own fight.

Cindy Richetti

Jacksonville Beach, Fla.

Your article on the Kimballs’ inheriting the BRCA1 gene was a good one but only told half the story. What about the sons and daughters of these women who are likely to inherit this gene? What is the scientific community doing to screen generations of carriers?

Bea Tusiani

New York, N.Y.


Thanks so much for the feature “The Idol Steps Up” on my No. 1 favorite singer Fantasia Barrino. She’s been through so much in her life, but now if s this star’s time to shine and let others feel the reflections from her anointing.

Stephanie Blakemore

Louisville, Ky.


Your story “Too Hot to Handle” asks whether Indiana Pacers player Ron Artest is out of control or a decent guy provoked by fans. Provoked? We all have a choice in the actions that we take. Justifying his behavior by saying he’s a nice guy perpetuates that very behavior. Both fans and players were at fault. It’s just another example of mob mentality.

Robin Miller

Riverside, Calif.

I got a real chuckle from your “Lady Madonna” piece. We, the gullible public, are now to believe Madonna, the most narcissistic entity to ever warble a tune, waits at the door to rub her husband’s feet? The part about her being so exhausted after a hard day of taking care of her family is priceless. Give me a break! Has she morphed into June Cleaver?

Emma Petersen via e-mail


In a word, “wow” for your wonderful biography on Dr. Condoleezza Rice. Is there anything she can’t do? Perhaps Condi, not Kirstie, should have graced your cover this week.

Mandy Culbreth-Meyer

Melbourne, Fla.