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“Thank you for your compassionate article about Lisa Nowak. With love and support from her remarkable family, she will become whole again”

Mary S. Smillie

Laguna Hills, Calif.

A woman of Lisa Nowak’s intelligence doesn’t just wake up one morning and decide to carry out such an irrational act. She is clearly in pain and needs help. I hope she gets it.

Kathy Swanson

via e-mail

Lisa Nowak in her glory days as a NASA astronaut was an inspiration and role model for women. Who would have thought that this accomplished woman with the radiant smile would have such a dark heart? Another American tragedy.

Paul Dale Roberts

Elk Grove, Calif.

Your story on astronaut Lisa Nowak proves that it doesn’t matter how well educated or successful you are, love will make you do some crazy things. Anyone who drives 900 miles nonstop without ever thinking about what they’re doing can’t be in their right mind—or have the right stuff.

Terri Lavorgna

Austin, Texas

After reading your article about Lisa Nowak, I am concerned about the implication that stress may have driven Ms. Nowak to fixate, stalk and attempt to kidnap her romantic rival Capt. Colleen Shipman. I am not a psychologist, but stress alone does not make a stalker. Her victim is very fortunate that the story ended as well as it did.

Charlee Jones

Chantilly, Va.


My brother-in-law David, a union member, was called in after 9/11 to help with the cleanup in lower Manhattan. In May of 2004 he came down with a bad cough, was hospitalized and, within a short time, was diagnosed with lung cancer. David had never smoked in his life. In February 2005, with his family by his side, he said goodbye, and slowly his body shut down. He was a hero and died heroically. People need to realize that there is a devastating illness killing Ground Zero workers and volunteers.

Ashley Muenstermann

Chicago, Ill.


Rock & Republic designer Michael Ball says he prefers using voluptuous catwalk models like Ana Beatriz Barros. Since when is a woman who is 5’11” and weighs maybe 120 lbs. considered voluptuous? If voluptuous is the look he’s going for, Mr. Ball would fare much better featuring the lovely Tyra Banks in his shows.

Danielle Copeland Bethke

Crystal, Minn.


I really enjoyed your story about the moms who have successfully played matchmaker. My husband and I were set up by his mother—we love to tell people that she handpicked me for her son. We’ve been married almost 10 years, have two gorgeous children and couldn’t be happier.

Amy Dohm

Geneva, Ill.


Reader opinion was divided over our story about Dina Babbitt, a Holocaust survivor who is fighting to reclaim portraits she created in a Nazi concentration camp. Officials of the Auschwitz museum where the paintings are displayed want to keep them, claiming the artwork is part of the historical record. “Having a passion for art myself, it was very easy for me to decide that what the museum is doing is morally wrong,” writes Tori Lavorini of St. Clairsville, Ohio. “An artist’s work is, as Dina Babbitt said, ‘a piece of myself.’ I’m sure the portraits are all that and more to Ms. Babbitt because the paintings saved the lives of both her and her mother. Haven’t victims of the Holocaust had enough taken from them?” But some readers felt that the paintings should remain in the museum. “As a teenager I visited Auschwitz on a Jewish teen tour. I walked through rooms displaying empty suitcases, eyeglasses and clothing—all possessions once owned by people who perished in the camp,” writes Tamar Weinberg of New York, N.Y. “The paintings are part of the evidence of what happened there. For the sake of future generations, leave the paintings where they are.”


In our Feb. 19 issue we incorrectly stated that New York City police officer Cesar Borja helped recover body parts at Ground Zero. Borja provided security at the site. We regret the error.