December 29, 2003 12:00 PM

Did he do it? Is the sky blue? I don’t think there is any question that Michael Jackson’s relationships with boys are inappropriate. It’s time he faced this problem and got help.

Marie Wins, Oakland, Calif.

ARRESTING DEVELOPMENTS

I found your article about Michael Jackson wonderfully written. PEOPLE found a way to look at both ends of the spectrum.

Jessica Ponczoch, Naples, Fla.

Your coverage of the Michael Jackson fiasco was excellent. He’s way beyond bizarre!

Herb Stuesse, Cedarburg, Wis.

The cover photo of Michael’s piercing, glossy-eyed stare and ultra-unnatural chiseled face was just plain spooky. This is not the Michael I knew and loved when I was a teenager. Some people ask, “Where’s Waldo?” I ask, “Where’s Michael?”

Carrie A. Lewis, Kalamazoo, Mich.

Any parent who allows a young son to have a sleepover with this man is as much in need of therapy as Jackson himself.

Laurie Emerson, Biloxi, Miss.

Michael’s mother told the British magazine Hello! that “there are two sets of rules in this country, one for the white people and the other one for the black people.” Would someone please tell Mrs. Jackson that it’s illegal for white people to molest children too.

Kris Harpster, Columbus, Ohio

I don’t think Michael is guilty of molesting children. What he’s guilty of is being one of the world’s most loving and compassionate humans who has devoted his life to caring for kids.

Ryan J. Seaux, St. Martinville, La.

We don’t know, and maybe we’ll never know all the details, but until we do, we need to remember that Jackson is innocent until proven guilty. Michael, your true fans are standing by you and waiting for the truth to come out.

Josiah Roberts, Minneapolis, Minn.

SUICIDE OF A TEEN HEARTTHROB

How sincerely grateful I am that you published an informative story about the death of seaQuest DSV star Jonathan Brandis. I grew up with him on my walls, in my magazines and in my heart. It makes me wonder what kind of friends would ignore warning signs such as saying he wanted to kill himself. How tragic.

Mary M. Osheskie, Seattle, Wash.

PEOPLE missed an opportunity to inform readers about mental illness in its coverage of Jonathan Brandis’s suicide. Self-murder doesn’t occur because of the nearest identifiable problem, such as an “extended career lull.” Usually, it’s an irrational response to the hopelessness of a mood-disordered brain. Treatment has a high rate of success but is all too often not received before a fatal outcome.

Richard E. Rhoden, M.D., Jackson, Miss.

GOING TO THE CHAPEL

Best wishes to Ryan and Trista. Don’t believe the people who say you haven’t known each other long enough. Just follow your hearts and each other.

Laurie Rizzo, Liverpool, N.Y.

Why are you catapulting two people who weren’t able to get a mate on their own to stardom? Marriage is a difficult venture, but even the most ruthless people could manage to stay married for a year to claim a million dollars. Life is about helping the helpless, not throwing it away for an hour of fake TV.

Melanie Berical, Gahanna, Ohio

CAT ATTACKS

I’m horrified that people other than licensed zookeepers have wild cats as pets. I feel for Kerry Quinney’s loss of his stepgrandson, but what a freak he is for feeling any sorrow for the wild beast he let kill the boy. These large cats are not toys—let them live in their natural habitat.

Randi Massett, Hilton Head Island, S.C.

INSIDE THE ROPES

Your story about Stacy Young, the mother of two who participated in a Toughman boxing contest, was disturbing. I find it even more disturbing that this woman had her 9-year-old daughter in the audience while she was being killed and the “beer-swilling spectators roared with approval.”

Lisa Gibson, Alabaster, Ala.

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