By People Staff
March 05, 2007 12:00 PM

ANGELINA’S MOTHER

Thank you for the touching story about Marcheline Bertrand. Angelina will always carry her mother’s love and spirit with her.

Barbara Rasnic

Olathe, Kans.

I lost my mother 30 years ago and hardly a day has gone by that I haven’t thought of her. The loss of a parent is a shock no matter how much time a person has to prepare for it. My prayers go out to Ms. Jolie and her family.

Katherine Turley

Nuevo, Calif.

  • I was disappointed that you did not include more information about ovarian cancer in your article about the death of Angelina Jolie‘s mother. Ovarian cancer is a silent killer, and only early detection can improve the survival rate. You could have used this opportunity to raise awareness and save lives.
  • Becky King
  • Lexington, Ky.

My mother died of ovarian cancer last November and, just like Marcheline Bertrand, my mother loved her children and grandchildren more than anything in the world, and that was the most wonderful gift she could have given me.

Mary Welsh

Eugene, Ore.

CHILDHOOD OBESITY

You can blame fast food, school cafeterias and video games for childhood obesity, but the parents of these overweight children are the No. 1 culprit. They take their kids to fast-food restaurants, send their kids to school with money for the cafeteria instead of packing a healthy lunch and buy processed rather than fresh food at the grocery store. Parents need to get their entire family into healthy eating and exercise plans. After all, it’s the parents’ habits, good and bad, that their children learn.

Colleen Nelson

Santa Ana, Calif.

HORNBECK KIDNAPPING

My heart aches for Todd Bequette. It was truly courageous of him to speak out about his kidnapping ordeal and the invisible leash that bound him to his captor. Pedophiles do unspeakable damage to the most innocent and vulnerable. The victims do nothing to bring these horrors on themselves, and they deserve our respect, understanding and help, so they will be able to live normal and fulfilling lives.

Debbie Morrow

Inman, S.C.

The ties that join a victim to an abuser may be invisible, but they are strong. Returning to the real world is one of the most difficult things a person can go through. However with the love and support of family and friends, it can be done. I wish Shawn Hornbeck the best of luck in his upcoming struggle. This fight is not over for him.

Eileen Kloster

Hinsdale, Ill.

KATIE & POSH

  • It seems that every week there’s a new image of Katie Holmes, looking a little more groomed, a little more somber. She’s looking very much like a Stepford Wife. And adding a surly looking Spice Girl to the mix doesn’t help. If I say uncle, will it stop?
  • Nicole Fennell
  • via e-mail

ELLY’S TANTRUM

Our story about 3-year-old Elly Kulesza, whose temper tantrum aboard an AirTran flight caused a delay and got her family kicked off the plane, struck a chord with scores of readers. “As a mother, I can identify with Julie Kulesza’s daughter having a tantrum. As an airline pilot, I know that passengers are not removed from an airplane for a minor reason. Elly’s parents could not control her behavior and make her comply with instructions. For her safety and the safety of everyone else on the airplane, AirTran had every right to remove her. I sympathize with the 112 other passengers who were inconvenienced by this family’s behavior. Kudos to AirTran for doing the right thing,” writes an anonymous reader from Pittsburgh, Pa. Others sympathized with the Kuleszas’ plight of traveling with a restless child. “Acting out like that, while not pleasant, is normal behavior for a 3-year-old,” writes Sally Belenky of Atlanta, Ga. “I hope the Kuleszas know that there are many parents out here who support them.”

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