July 07, 2003 12:00 PM

Demi Monde

I’m glad to see Demi Moore on your cover. She and I are the same age and she looks fabulous. My advice to Demi is enjoy yourself and have fun. You’re beautiful.

Karen VanLoo, AUSTIN, TEXAS

Bravo to Demi for doing what powerful men have been doing since time immemorial—hooking up with the young and beautiful. Speaking for all the other still-juicy, fortysomething women out there, let’s hope this is the start of a trend.

Joan Kurland, LEMON GROVE, CALIF.

As a supremely youthful 47-year-old woman who has kept to her goal of dating men at least 10-15 years younger, I believe Diana Ross sang it best: “If there’s a cure for this, I don’t want it.”

Elisa Cibrario, LONG BEACH, N.Y.

When Michael Douglas or Paul McCartney or Harrison Ford gets a sweet young thing, it’s “Way to go, boy.” But when a woman dares to get involved with a younger man, he’s automatically called a boy toy, and she’s a cradle-robber. I say go for it, Demi and every single woman tired of these old men.

Janet Dabbs-Neal, TYLER, TAXAS

Is this relationship based on love or publicity? I’m sure the ratings it gleans will soon reveal the truth and how long this relationship will last. She’s much too classy.

Lydia Linares, MODESTO, CALIF.

Demi, Demi, Demi. What are you thinking? He’s cute, has a great body, and I’m sure the conversation is ever so intellectually stimulating. But think of your daughters. Is this the kind of behavior you want them to imitate?

Linda Flack, SEMINOLE, FLA.

Enough of the double standard. I can’t believe Demi’s and Ashton’s ages were put on your cover! Are we still in the Dark Ages?

Tina Vassar, VIA E-MAIL

Lyme Aid

You are to be congratulated for your story “Hidden Plague.” With diseases like SARS and monkey-pox rating the headlines, Lyme disease is normally relegated to the small type under the shipping news—if at all. As someone whose family has suffered the ravages of the disease, I have seen its neglect by both the press and medical community at large. Lyme disease deserves the continuing coverage your magazine has given it.

Bert Randolph Sugar, CHAPPAQUA, N.Y.

I swear I was reading about my mother! She has had almost every one of the symptoms described in your story, and no doctor could pinpoint what was wrong. People has always been one of my favorite magazines, and now even more so.

Kerri Hawley, DECATUR, ARK.

Carnie Show

When I read the first few articles about Carnie Wilson’s weight-loss journey, it was okay and interesting. Now it’s a book and she has posed for Playboy? Get over it, girl. You’ve lost your weight. Now be happy and stop trying to make a living out of it!

Barbara Gonzalez, MIAMI, FLA.

Remembering Laci

In our May 19 story on Laci Peterson’s memorial service, we inadvertently published the poem read at her mother’s request, without crediting its author, Carole Bruzzano-Ricci. The full text of the poem runs here:

Mom, Share ‘Our’ Smile

with the World

I am embraced in love and light

And my baby embraced by me

God’s loving arms, they hold us now

For all Eternity

The laughter we shared—

keep laughing,

I still laugh with you

No more sleepless nights, Mom

Please rest for me

In the morning I’ll be there

Rising with the sun

I am in your soul

I am your sunlight

I am the rays breaking through

Mom, please understand

I do this now for you

and from all that you have taught me

I learned to never be kept down—

My smile he could not take from me

My smile gracing the screen

It’s your smile, Mom

It’s your smile now, they see

For all I’ve become—

It’s because of you

and all the world now sees

My tears

My hope

and now—a spirit

Soaring free

In our smile, Mom

It’s in our smile,

Smile again, for me.

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