Even if her name is Madonna, many correspondents questioned whether the arrival of her firstborn (PEOPLE, Oct. 28) warranted a cover story. Other readers were inspired by Linda Bremner, who has been writing to seriously ill children through Love Letters, Inc., a nonprofit organization she founded after the death of her own son from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
I wish Madonna and her boyfriend Carlos Leon much happiness with their new baby. But why do I get the feeling that this is also a great excuse for Madonna to reinvent herself again?
BRETT BARRY, Seattle
Here we go again, glorifying another celebrity for bearing a child out of wedlock. There’s no doubt that Madonna has the resources to raise her child in a safe, comfortable environment. Yet, for the rest of America, illegitimacy is a serious cause of poverty and social misery. What do we say to all those starry-eyed 16-year-olds who want a baby? If their idol Madonna can have one, why can’t they?
RICK MOON, Wauwatosa, Wis.
I am so pleased to see all the media attention Madonna is receiving, including your cover story. She is, after all, the first woman to give birth.
BARBARA J. BRENNAN, Easton, Pa.
The thought of Madonna being a parent is kind of like the thought of getting an old-time, single-blade shave from O.J.—pretty damn scary!
T.G. FERNER, Oceanside, Calif.
Thank you for printing a soft picture of Madonna. We sometimes forget that she’s a real person and now a mommy.
RITA S. MUOIO, West Haven, Conn.
This is a new low, even for the usual standards of PEOPLE.
KENNETH M. MASON, Oldsmar, Fla.
To all those who doubt Madonna‘s worthiness as a mother—get a life!
LANCE TERLEP, Keaau, Hawaii
LOVE LETTERS, INC.
Every week you bombard us with stories about whiny royals and complaining celebrities. Then along comes a story like the one about Linda Bremner and Love Letters. What a truly selfless act of kindness this woman is doing. Every year you have a 50 Most Beautiful People issue. Why not put together a special on people like Linda? You could include the addresses of these generous people and publish it right before Christmas. It would be a wonderful way for readers to donate to these worthwhile causes.
The address for Love Letters, Inc. is 436-A Eisenhower Lane, Lombard, Ill. 60148—ED.
I personally have been touched by Love Letters, as my daughter has been on the mailing list for years after being diagnosed with leukemia in 1990. The mail and gifts have been a very important part of her life. Linda and her volunteers’ dedication are beyond words. Thank God for them.
KAY FOOTE, Kalamazoo, Mich.
My middle school teachers may or may not remember me, but I remembered them after reading your article. I was the fat girl, the class joke, the one who was harassed almost daily for two years and told to “just ignore it.” Five years later, I’m struggling with anorexia and insecurity. It makes me sick and angry to know that the wrong children are still being punished by their schools’ insensitivity and apathy.
KELLEY ORAM, Liverpool, N.Y.
Contrary to what some people say, harassment is not just teasing or kids being kids. The abuse I endured in high school more than 15 years ago left permanent emotional scars. To this day, I have nightmares about that time. I say, sue school officials into the ground if that is the only way to ensure such abuse is taken seriously and stopped the minute it starts.
ANITA M. RING, Falls Church, Va.
DR. ALAN BEER
We are one of the families forever indebted to Dr. Beer and his treatment for miscarriages. We lost three babies before our referral to him. No doctor could explain why. Then Dr. Beer carried us through our fourth pregnancy, and we carried home a beautiful, brown-haired girl. Your article implied controversy over his methods. We are convinced he is on the right track.
BOB AND JANE KRAUSE
We also dealt with skeptics while undergoing treatment with Dr. Beer. But at night, looking at our 20-month-old, we thank God for bringing him and our miracle baby into our lives.
JEFF AND TERRI WERTZ