April 30, 2007 12:00 PM

AMERICAN IDOL

“The American Idol should be someone who entertains us, makes us smile and keeps us guessing.”

Patricia Foote-Johnson

Detroit, Mich.

American Idol is a guilty pleasure of mine. It’s amazing to watch regular people turn into stars. You did an outstanding job of introducing this season’s Top 10 personalities and also letting us know how down-to-earth these people still are, even though they are appearing on one of the most-watched shows in the country.

Karen Datangel

San Francisco, Calif.

What on earth are the American people doing? It completely boggles the mind that the voters are sending people who can actually sing home, while the no-talent Sanjaya remains. Simon has said over and over again that this is supposed to be a singing competition. If Sanjaya goes much further, the show will lose credibility. It’s pretty pathetic that the American public has tin ears.

Lynne Jarrett

Vancouver, B.C.

REBECCA RILEY

It is tragic that a 2½-year-old child would be diagnosed as bipolar and ADHD, then given psychiatric medication. Didn’t Rebecca Riley’s parents or doctor know that most 2½-year-old children throw tantrums and have random sleep patterns? My heart breaks for Rebecca.

Barbara Ramsey-Duke

Redondo Beach, Calif.

I was horrified by the story of little Rebecca Riley and the care she received from Dr. Kifuji. There are no proper tools to evaluate for bipolar disorder and ADHD in a toddler. Too many parents are medicating their children rather than modifying the child’s behavior. We will never know the intent of Rebecca’s parents, but I believe the blame starts with Dr. Kifuji.

Jennifer Joses

via e-mail

WAY TO GO, TOMMY

Congratulations to Tommy Hilfiger for going fur-free in his fashion lines. The recent fake-fur scandal has put this very important issue back into the news. Every fur or fur-trimmed garment comes from an animal that suffered a horrible death. I hope more designers and consumers educate themselves on the cruelty of fur and refuse to support fur products.

Julia Waring

Vancouver, B.C.

ELISABETH HASSELBECK

Elisabeth Hasselbeck rocks! I almost never agree with her positions, but I admire her articulation and her poise. I especially admire her ability to stand up to both Rosie O’Donnell and Joy Behar, who gang up on her almost every day.

Anita Roglich

Santa Monica, Calif.

EDWARDS FIGHTS ON

Most readers were sympathetic with John and Elizabeth Edwards’s resolve to continue his presidential campaign, despite a recurrence of the breast cancer for which Elizabeth was treated in 2004. “How one chooses to live and die with cancer is unique and deeply personal,” writes Bridget Ahearn, an oncology nurse in San Francisco. “The Edwards family is making a statement that it is important to live a life that continues to be enriching and filled with new experiences.” A few readers disagreed. “Putting precious final time with family by the wayside for career is distasteful at best,” writes Pam Davila of Brandon, Fla. “What would the Edwards children hold closer—memories of Mom or their dad’s job?” Since her diagnosis, Mrs. Edwards has had encouraging news: Her cancer could be controlled by an antiestrogen, low-dosage chemotherapy pill she now takes daily. Says her spokeswoman: “Elizabeth is doing and feeling great.”

Corrections

In our March 26 issue we misspelled Tori Spelling‘s name. In our April 9 issue, we stated that Topamax is prescribed for weight loss; it has not been approved by the FDA for weight loss. In the same issue, we incorrectly reported that Robaxin is prescribed as a phlegm expectorant; it is prescribed as a muscle relaxant.

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