September 18, 2000 12:00 PM

Baby Boom
Is it just me, or does anyone else see what is wrong with this picture? There are enough illegitimate children in this world without our Hollywood role models making it look as if it is okay.

Beverly Hudson, Tarboro, N.C.

Good for David Bowie and Iman. Finally, a couple who married, then had their child. But what is so great about Madonna having two kids without being married, and Michael Douglas getting engaged and having a baby before even getting divorced? Talk about putting the cart before the horse! Whatever happened to values in this country?

Michelle Crestfield, via e-mail

I think it’s wonderful that you dedicated an entire issue to Hollywood moms. As for readers who may believe that devoting your cover to couples who have children out of wedlock is offensive, I really don’t think they should waste their time writing, because they obviously haven’t changed with the times.

Kara Cullion, East Greenwich, R.I.

It’s just wonderful to see three adorable new faces. For once, we can take our minds off Celine Dion until her baby is born a few months from now.

Brianne Robles, Pueblo, Colo.

Susan Hawk’s friend stated it was sad that she came across on TV as mean. Being one of the 40 million people watching the final episode, and hearing this woman tell Kelly that if she were dying of thirst, she would not give her a drink of water–that certainly defines mean to me!

Teddy Launder, Crimora, Va.

Years ago, Steven Spielberg’s Duel told the story of a malevolent truck driver who stalked actor Dennis Weaver and then tried to kill him. We never saw the driver; we never knew who it was. Now at last the mystery is solved. The driver was Susan Hawk.

Harry Mitchell, Olney, Md.

Survivor and reality TV are insults to those who face poverty and the realities of meeting the needs of daily living for themselves and their families. Perhaps these struggles would not make interesting TV, but they’d educate people about the intelligence and stamina of life’s real survivors.

Beth C. Tableman, Old Town, Maine

Style Watch
In “Time for a Haircut,” you mention some stars who “need” a haircut. I agree Luke Perry’s haircut looks Stone Age, but certainly not Zac Hanson’s! His haircut is his trademark. Maybe he should trim it, but he’s a rock star and rock stars have long hair (look at Mick Jagger!), and he looks cute! Just because he has long hair doesn’t mean he isn’t nice.

Diana Edwards, Victoria, B.C.

We just want you to know that we don’t think Zac Hanson needs a haircut. As young teenagers, we think that teen musicians look good with long hair. We will be very upset if he cuts it off.

Victoria Bonventre and Candice Kasten, New York City

Zac Hanson’s hair looks fantastic the way it is, and when you have this kind of talent, you should do what you want. What do you people know anyway—you’re probably 50 or 60 years old.

Ingrid Waldron, Toronto

Loretta Young
I was really disappointed in the two-page spread on the late screen goddess Loretta Young. The full-page picture of Miss Young did no justice to her ravishing beauty, and the article on her life was so brief. Loretta Young paved the way for actresses today, and there should have been a better remembrance.

Emily Stratton, via e-mail

Duncan Campbell
Thank you for your uplifting article on Duncan Campbell and his program Friends of the Children. What a marvelous example he is of someone who not only rose above his own abuse as a child but is motivated to make a difference in the lives of others. In an age when the tendency is to turn to the government to fulfill all our needs, it is refreshing to see what individuals can do.

Joanne Schuber, Long Beach, Calif.

What do Brad Pitt, Jennifer Aniston, Kelly Preston and John Travolta have in common? You featured them at the Democratic convention, receiving red-carpet treatment and sitting at the First Lady’s table. When are we going to get it through our heads that these people are actors, not national heroes? When a First Lady replaces Brad and Jennifer with individuals who have actually contributed to the well-being of this country, that is when she may, perhaps, earn the respect of the average Joe such as myself.

Julie Hartz, Claremont, Calif.

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