May 15, 2006 12:00 PM


Katie Holmes belongs to a cult, and that cult’s name is Tom Cruise

Ann Gagné

Winter Springs, Fla.

What seems to be absent in the Katie and Tom relationship is … Katie. I find it sad that a young woman on top of the world in Hollywood could be lulled into a relationship that has her changing her ideological views and being connected at the hip to a Scientology “adviser.” Has she said a word since she’s been with Tom? He seems to have all the answers. Where’s Katie’s voice? Shame on Tom for manipulating Katie into the woman he wants and not accepting the woman she was.

Janice Prado

St. Augustine, Fla.

Katie’s new life: learning the hobbies of Tom the Teacher, studying the religion of Tom the Preacher and being schooled in labor and delivery by Tom the Doctor. It seems her new world is all about Tom. If I were her, I’d want my old life back.

Mira Radovich

Tempe, Ariz.

For those who think Tom is taking advantage of Katie: She is an adult who may have found that Scientology is the way of life for her. I am not a Scientologist, but people find spirituality in many ways. Would people be so upset if she had become a Catholic or converted to Judaism? Tom might not be a Svengali who took Katie from her religion but the person who introduced her to a fulfilling way of life.

Sharon Schindlbeck

via e-mail


Thank you, Kenny, for speaking the truth about your surgery instead of having a quick cover-up. We all want instant perfection. My laser eye surgery turned out badly, and now I have to wear special contacts. I will have no further surgery, and I hope Kenny doesn’t risk any either.

Phyllis Knapp

Kalamazoo, Mich.

Who is that guy, and what did he do with the real Kenny Rogers?

Mary Crawmer

via e-mail


Danica is truly a hero of mine. It’s great to see a woman succeeding in a male-dominated sport such as auto racing and giving young girls someone decent to look up to, unlike the Paris Hiltons and Jessica Simpsons of the world.

Tracy Singleton

Miamisburg, Ohio

It’s wonderful that Danica has made it in a man’s world. Unfortunately, the photo used of her also shows girls that her intelligence and skill alone didn’t help her get where she is—she needed to look seductive. What a disappointment.

Maurya Gaia-Mauer

via e-mail


With regard to Katie Couric’s move from NBC for bigger and better things at CBS, I have two words for her: Bryant Gumbel.

Patricia Dunlop

Windsor, Ont.


Many readers were moved by our story about the volunteers who travel to the former Soviet republic of Belarus to comfort disabled children there, victims of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster. “Never have I read an article in PEOPLE that touched me as much,” writes Christa Wallace of Warrington, Penn. “Holding my 7-month-old son, I wish these children had the permanent, loving caretakers they so desperately need.” Along with sympathy, readers also had praise for the volunteers from Chernobyl Children’s Project International. “I read with sorrow and tears about these children,” writes Lisa Rodriguez of Phoenix, Ariz. “Thank God for the loving and unselfish volunteers.” To learn how you can help CCPI, go to

Correction We reported that Tom Cruise‘s P-51 Mustang fighter plane had jet engines. The P-51 Mustang is a prop-driven plane. We also reported that the film Akeelah and the Bee was rated PG-13. The film is rated PG. We regret the errors.

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