December 18, 1995 12:00 PM

Most correspondents were pleased by our Courteney Cox Arquette cover (PEOPLE, Nov. 27), although some skeptics questioned her denials of an eating disorder. On our followup story on teenage parents, some readers asked why the teens haven’t considered putting their children up for adoption.

COURTENEY COX ARQUETTE
Thanks to PEOPLE for a wonderful, honest article and for not jumping on the bandwagon and accusing Ms. Cox of having an eating disorder. Maybe other magazines will follow your example and realize that not all celebrities have skeletons in their closets.

SHANNON DAWSON

San Bernardino, Calif.

The fact that Ms. Cox describes herself as pudgy at size 6 belies her denial of tabloid rumors that she has an eating disorder. For once, I believe the tabloids.

ANNE MADEO, Chicago

Courteney Cox Arquette on the cover again? Does NBC pay PEOPLE to write about Friends’?

PATRICIA THOMPSON

El Campo, Texas

TEEN MOTHERS

I was 19 when I got pregnant. Being a single mother hasn’t been easy. I have to work full-time while my parents babysit my daughter. I am 25 now, and I can’t remember my last date. Too many guys my age run the other way when I mention that I have a child. Melanie is going to be 5 this month. She just got a terrific report card from preschool and has learned to ride a two-wheel bicycle. I struggle to give her a good life and provide her with all the security and happiness possible because she is the most important thing in my life So to all those mothers who complain that they have no time for a social life look at your child and ask “What would I do without you?”

SUSAN LANGE, Tinley Park, Ill.

Over 20 years ago, my little sister—like Becky Anderson—had a baby at age 17. She and her young husband struggled for years, both emotionally and financially, but hard work and loyalty to each other and their children were always their top priorities. Today they have successful careers and three lovely daughters. Your article offers a grim epitaph to children who have already stumbled into parenthood. My sister and others can offer them hope that there are success stories.

RICHARD D. SCHIKORA

Beavercreek, Ohio

Angela Myada complains of having “that trapped feeling” while caring for her twin daughters. Maybe she should trap her daughter Maresha into a car seat instead of letting her bounce around in the front [photo, page 52].

CHERYL ZANDHUIS, Pittsburgh

I was struck by Tori Michel’s complaint that the father of her baby didn’t give a “rat’s butt” about helping her financially. What did she expect from someone she slept with on “a one-night thing”? Commitment takes time to develop. Like unwanted pregnancy, it’s not a one-night thing either.

DARRON LEIREN-YOUNG

Vancouver, B.C.

Ladies: As mothers, you are the only ones who can make the fathers stand up and take responsibility for their offspring. Be strong and take action! Your child’s future depends on it.

CECILIA CAMPA, San Francisco

Have people today forgotten about adoption? Besides myself, there are other children out there who have been fortunate enough to have loving adoptive parents. Bottom line: If you’re not smart enough to have safe sex, you’re not smart enough to be a parent.

LAURA BLACK, Altamonte Springs, Fla.

Your update on teen parents was revealing. You should print and distribute it to high schools. It should have an impact!

KENNETH B. SMITH, president, Chicago Theological Seminary, Chicago

High school administrators wishing to obtain copies of this article should write to us at PEOPLE Magazine, Room 25-55B, Time & Life Building, Rockefeller Center, New York, N.Y. 10020.—ED.

PICKS & PANS

As a 16-year-old female who has read several of Ray Bradbury’s books, I cannot believe his narrow view that CD-ROMs are just for males. Mr. Bradbury, you have made me determined to go out and learn everything I can about computers.

KELI GINN, Lancaster, Pa.

CD-ROM is for men, not women? Is Ray Bradbury really from Mars?

M. CHRISTIE, Chicago

I wonder what year he thinks it is.

HEATHER ANNE LOGUE, Kutztown, Pa.

I am 13, 5’3″, and extremely tough. I love to surf, swim, do karate, play soccer, softball, hockey, water polo, volleyball, field hockey, basketball and tennis. I run a mile in seven minutes flat. I do 600 jumping jacks without stopping, and I can do 68 situps in a minute. And, oh yeah—I’m a girl.

ALEXIS M. POLLAK, San Diego

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