December 01, 2003 12:00 PM


Thanks for the cover story about reality TV romances. They’re all beautiful and handsome, but not everyone has the chance to fall into the hands of money and have a dream date. This is not how real love is.

Elizabeth Mahoney, Germantown, Md.

In answer to your question, will love last? Who cares!

Rebecca Soliday, Eden Prairie, Minn.

Sorry, but was your cover story about reality TV or the latest developments in human cloning?

Michelle Fearnley, Denver, Colo.

Will love last? I sure hope it does! Many of us liked watching Ryan, Trista, Andrew and Jen having fun, getting to know one another and enjoying life. Good luck and much happiness.

Maggie Spikes, Oakwood, Ohio


I was appalled by the Jackson family, who allegedly starved their four adopted sons. How come no one in their house or their church could see that something was wrong? If a 19-year-old boy is only 45 lbs., you can tell he’s malnourished.

Whitney Olsen, Culver City, Calif.

No concern from four caseworkers and one inspector? The title of your story is “How Could They?” It should be “How Could We?” These kids needed help long before now. It may seem clichéd, but it does take a village. Look out for our children. They are to be seen, heard, cared for and loved.

Dana Volz, Santa Rosa, Calif.

I’ve been reading PEOPLE since I was 15, and no story has ever hurt like this one. Bruce, Keith, Tyrone and Michael are in my prayers. I also pray that their parents, Vanessa and Ray Jackson, are brought to justice.

Jennifer Gonzales, Seattle, Wash.


I’d like to commend you for the wonderful feature on Robert Downey Jr. It’s fair and informative. His personal journey from the struggles of addiction to a new life and career is nothing short of inspirational. Downey is a superb actor with amazing charisma.

Linda Peik, Oelwein, Iowa


The fate of Terri Schiavo, who’s been in a vegetative state for 13 years, has gone on too long. What’s worse than being trapped in a body you can’t control? For all we know, she could be thinking this is the worst punishment of all. Her husband, Michael, who believes Terri should be allowed to die, might have made her life complicated for his own benefit. And her parents, the Schindlers, are just wishing for something that will never happen. Let’s do what’s in the best interest of Terri and pull the plug.

Jolye Bartelme, Chandler, Ariz.

As the mother of a daughter with a neurodegenerative disorder, I knew my child could have been classified as being in a vegetative state. She was paralyzed in all four limbs and had no ability to swallow. If I had removed that feeding tube, I would never have heard “Mama” from my girl. I knew that she was in there and counting on me to help her.

Elizabeth DeLuca, Houston, Texas

Your description of Terri as being in a vegetative state is grossly inaccurate. It’s a disability shared by thousands. Are they next going to kill kids with disabilities? Uncle Frank with a stroke? No one has the right to determine the quality of life for another.

Teresa Torres, Merrillville, Ind.


Your review of Clay Aiken‘s CD Measure of a Man is way off base. Although your critic didn’t totally trash it, she made it sound boring. Clay’s CD is a testament to romance, love and heartbreak. It’s right on the money for those who don’t want to hear the loud-crashing, migraine-inducing offerings on the radio.

Mary Burr, Blooming Prairie, Minn.


Hey, Gwen Stefani, is this the fashion statement you really want to make by glamorizing guns as jewelry? You’re fooling yourself if you think kids don’t emulate you. I guess you were sleeping when Columbine made the news.

Shelley Overton, Orlando, Fla.

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