September 30, 2002 12:00 PM

Matthew Perry

Every time I see Matthew Perry on Friends or in the movies, he makes me smile. Reading his story in PEOPLE put even a bigger smile on my face. I am so happy that he has gotten through the dark part of his life. Rich or poor, famous or not, like Matthew said, you have to be the one who decides when it’s time to get help. Thank God he did.

Janet Chambers, Sunrise, Fla.

Your article about Matthew Perry was fabulous. I, too, am an alcoholic. I’ve been clean and sober for 14 years. It’s amazing how the priorities in your life change. I am glad to see Matthew has seen the light.

Peggy J. Goodman, Napa, Calif.

Matthew and I were classmates at Lisgar Collegiate Institute in Ottawa. Even then he was the class clown. I’m thrilled to see that Matthew has a renewed look on life—and that he looks fantastic. I’m sure I’m not the only one from those early days who is cheering him on.

Elizabeth Legault-Woods, Ottawa, Ont.

“Happy, Healthy and Hot!” was the best cover I could have hoped to find in my mailbox. Hey Matthew, with that smile, you have nowhere to go but up!

Maureen Mahoney, Naples, Fla.

Courtney Jackson

As I read your article, tears ran down my face. I am also the mother of a 1-lb. wonder. My husband and I are going through the same emotional roller coaster as the Jacksons and look forward to the day when we can have our little Tiffany home with us. We are so grateful to those doctors and nurses who dedicate their lives to saving the lives of others. Thank you for a story that touches the hearts of parents like us who sometimes feel alone with our unique situation.

Barbara Romano, Miami Beach, Fla.

While I consider it a miracle that little Courtney Jackson survived being born at 23 weeks, I found it upsetting that the $547,000 hospital bill was thrown to the taxpayers via Medicaid. What frustrated me more was reading that Courtney’s mother is pregnant again. When will people learn to wait to have children until they are able to provide for the child and not rely on the public to foot the bill?

Matthew Miller, Springfield, Mo.


I thought my husband and I were the only ones who decided to be celibate until we got married. We got engaged in June 1999 and tied the knot in February 2000. It was a challenge for us because he did not go home every night. We shared the same bed, kissed good night and then went to sleep. It’s not the easiest thing to do, but it creates a whole new level of being with your partner.

Tarsy Warner, Houston, Texas

Don’t these folks know the meaning of the word virgin? Call it celibacy by choice or relationship revitalization if you must, but revirginization is impossible! What will these people do when their marriages get difficult? Resinglize?

Jeanne Sultz, East Amherst, N.Y.

Avril Lavigne
The next time someone calls Avril Lavigne punk, I will scream. To call her punk is incredibly offensive to people who listen to real punk. Avril wouldn’t know punk if it bit her.

Kimberly Evagelatos, Laramie, Wyo.


It appalls me that celebrities such as P. Diddy spend so much money on gift baskets for other celebrities when there are thousands of homeless starving people. It’s not as if the stars can’t go out and buy these items themselves. Instead of giving these extravagant items, I think a donation to a charity in the name of the partygoers would be better.

Tammy Hill, Kalamazoo, Mich.


As a native Nashvillian, I found Reese Witherspoon‘s quote regarding the fashion scene in Tennessee not only offensive but utterly ridiculous. Reese attended an elite girls’ school in Nashville, and if her family hadn’t a clue where to shop for prom dresses, I’m confident her friends could have provided assistance. The next time Reese is in town she should check out stores like Jamie, Coco or Gus Mayer. I’m certain they would be delighted to show her a dress or two.

Jenni F. Keith, Goodlettsville, Tenn.

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