I just saw Picture Perfect. I have to say it was one of the best movies I’ve seen in a long time. Being a Friends fan from the start, I knew that Jennifer Aniston would be great in the movies. Hey, Jennifer, keep up the good work!
KIM LARSON, Burnsville, Minn.
I’ve been struggling with eating disorders for years. Praising people with little talent, who simply became celebrities for losing weight, is only adding to their already overwhelming self-righteousness.
The Internet is filled with people who will tell you what you want to hear, and you can get pulled in if you are not receiving that kind of attention at home. Those are only words on the screen, nothing more.
HEATHER MANIS, Naugatuck, Conn.
Chat room troubles are not limited to teenagers. I am a woman in my 30s, married 14 years, who found chat rooms an amusing diversion from my routine, everyday life. What began as harmless fun soon turned into much more. I went so far as to fly to London to meet a “cyber friend.” I was lucky, in that situation. He wasn’t physically dangerous, only emotionally so. As it turned out, he had another “cyber woman” coming to visit him within three weeks of my departure. I wish I could hit the delete key and erase the past several months of my life.
At times, reading your article by Jeffrey Trail’s sister, I found my eyes welling up with tears and my heart aching for his family. It angers me that in a few years we will forget the victims’ names and faces, but we will always remember Andrew Cunanan.
AMY BROWN, Westland, Mich.
I commend PEOPLE on your touching personal portrait of Jeffrey Trail. It was exceptionally important in showing the basic humanity of a gay man, who was unfairly blamed by some for bringing this on himself because of his sexual orientation.
JIM FULTON, Charlotte, N.C.
At 2, my daughter lost her beautiful long, dark hair to alopecia. The long stares and the assumption that she was ill and lost her hair to chemotherapy were the most difficult things for me to endure. While going through this was painful, I eventually welcomed the questions of strangers so that they could learn about the disease. We are truly thankful that the only thing that she’s missing is her hair.
Like Mrs. Washington State, Cari Bickley, I have alopecia and do not try to hide it. My mission in life is to get people with this condition to stop hiding and being embarrassed by something that they have no control over. (One thing that people can do is contact the National Alopecia Areata Foundation at 415-456-4644. They can be of invaluable help.) But we need public figures with the disease to be forthright about it. Last year, Princess Caroline reportedly had it, but she never came out and admitted exactly what was going on. Cari Bickley will have a tremendous positive effect on everyone who has this disease.
DEBORAH FULLER, Alstead, N.H.
I must wonder how someone who has such a narrow knowledge of our judicial system as Mr. Olson does was able to get his book published. I was terminated from Delta Airlines after 11 years for having an incurable connective tissue disease. If you are wrongly terminated and file a lawsuit, expect to lose your savings, your marriage and your health and spend five years in court. Regardless of the horror stories that Mr. Olson would have you believe that the Americans with Disabilities Act has created, most federal court rulings have been in favor of the employer.
PATRICIA GARCIA, Tualatin, Ore.
SARAH AND JUNIE COLLINS
My heart goes out to the two sisters who survived that horrible bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham. I know it’s been 34 years, but time will never erase this tragedy. Addie Mae’s memory deserves the dignity of being laid to rest in peaceful surroundings.
LINDA RICHARDS, Dunwoody, Ga.
No grave should be desecrated. Where can we mail a check to help get Addie Mae’s grave moved?
SUE HAMILTON, via e-mail
Donations can be sent to: The Collins Peace Fund, PO. Box 370982, Birmingham, Ala. 35237-0982 —ED.