January 08, 2007 12:00 PM


“I can’t believe the media learned nothing from the death of Princess Diana. Leave William alone”

Karen O’Byrne

Apex, N.C.

It would be an enormous mistake to pressure William and Kate into such a commitment as marriage before they are truly ready. Given the tragic precedents of failed royal marriages that were produced under enormous social pressure, it seems that everyone would have learned by now that the best thing to do is to let Will and Kate do things in their own time. To force the issue would be to set their union up for failure. Best of luck to the two in whatever they decide.

Kate Austin

Bridgewater, Va.


Britney Spears seems like a basically sweet young woman, but she’s desperately in need of a mentor she’ll listen to. Sadly, either no such person currently exists in her life or she stubbornly refuses to listen. In any event, modeling her life after someone as vacuous as Paris H. is not the way to go.

Sunny Collins

Palm Desert, Calif.

I am a grown-up. I like reading about grown-up celebrities. However, I do not like reading about the antics of children posing as grown-ups. Britney Spears, Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan‘s embarrassing public displays do not deserve paper and ink. They deserve a time-out in a corner!

Kristin Pearson

Shiloh, Ill.


It is refreshing to see such young children with values comparable to an adult. I was most surprised in reading about little John, who just wants friends. I cannot give money or gifts as I am not very well off, but what I would love to offer to John is my friendship. He has made a difference in my life, and I do not even know him. John, you are one of a kind. Merry Christmas!

Tina Walsh

Honolulu, Hawaii


Being an adoptee and having searched and found [birth parents], I was drawn to the article about Sarah Culberson, the African princess. There is no mention of what happened to the birth mother. It left me wondering if the search will continue. Good luck to them, because I think adoptees deserve to know about their birth history.

Channing M. Gibson

Hampton, Va.


Thank you for the update on Justin Guarini. It’s a shame his career wasn’t given the attention it should have gotten by the powers that be after American Idol. I always thought he was one of the most—if not the most—overall talented contestants to come out of that show. Talent, charisma, graciousness: he was the whole package. Good for him in continuing on with his career and keeping a positive outlook about his Idol experience.

Lisa Facenda

Valrico, Fla.


After reading our story on Joanne Cacciatore’s Mothers in Sympathy and Support foundation and its efforts to obtain birth certificates for stillborn babies, many readers shared their own experiences with stillbirth. “As the mother of a stillborn, I completely understand the pain,” writes Angela LaPolt of Hurley, N.Y. “When hello means goodbye forever, sometimes all parents want is something tangible to prove their baby was here.” Others pointed out MISS’s broader focus: “You missed the primary goal,” writes Catherine Lebiedzik of Detroit, “which is to support all bereaved parents.”

For more information, visit http://www.missfoundation.org or call 1-888-455-MISS.


In our Dec. 25 issue, we incorrectly stated that Lindsay Lohan was fired from Island Records. We regret the error.

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