October 01, 2007 12:00 PM

OWEN WILSON

“My thoughts and prayers are with Owen Wilson. He makes the world a brighter place”

Tricia Marrapodi

Tucson, Ariz.

Your story about Owen Wilson was truly heartbreaking. Many people do not understand that regardless of what one may have in their life they can still be stricken with depression. To have that compounded with addiction is a struggle for even the strongest of people. I hope Owen finds peace within.

Renée Hines

Graham, N.C.

Owen Wilson asked for privacy during this time. Shame on you for putting him on the cover and not respecting his wishes.

Karen Abruzino

New Albany, Ohio

A sign that something was “amiss” with Owen Wilson was indicated by the fact that he drove up to a Santa Monica church and walked inside? Sounds to me like something is amiss in our society that the simple act of walking into a church is cause for alarm.

Karen Thompson

Warrensburg, Mo.

HURRICANE KATRINA

While I grieve for the families of the patients who died in the Manganos’ nursing home during hurricane Katrina, I have one question: What prevented them from taking their loved ones with them when they fled? The families were only told that the Manganos would do what they felt was best for their patients. Evacuation was not guaranteed. If the families wanted to guarantee the safety of their loved ones, they should have taken them with them when they left. Too bad their first inclination is to blame others.

Tracey Terra Metivier

via e-mail

The Gallodoro family should be ashamed of bringing a lawsuit against the Manganos. Their poor father, TJ Gallodoro, cried when he found out that his family wouldn’t take him along when they evacuated. This was two days before Katrina hit New Orleans. If their father needed special transportation, there was time for his family to make arrangements. Could this frivolous lawsuit on the part of the Gallodoro family be out of guilt?

Deana Ackiss

Pasadena, Md.

BRITNEY SPEARS

I’m tired of hearing that Britney is “a little country” as the excuse for her erratic behavior. I have family from Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi, Alabama, Kentucky and, of course, Tennessee, and as country as some of my family may be, we are never so irresponsible that we place our children in harm’s way. They come first, and their protection and well-being is our No. 1 priority.

Melissa Johnson

Ridgely, Tenn.

DATING VIOLENCE

Readers commended People for raising awareness about the problem of dating violence. “I hope calling attention to this type of behavior will send a message that it is not acceptable,” writes Lisa Adams of Walnut Creek, Calif. Many readers had been victims themselves. “I was in an abusive relationship for two years, starting when I was 15,” writes Casee Miller of Kuna, Idaho. “Thank God my mom got me out of a situation that could have eventually killed me.” Now settling in as a freshman at Chapman University in Orange, Calif., story subject Sarah Van Zanten says she has received dozens of supportive e-mails, adding, “I feel really good talking with other people who have had abusive relationships and helping them by sharing my experiences.”

Clarification

Elyn Saks of the USC Gould School of Law felt that our story in the Aug. 27 issue, about her struggle with schizophrenia, made it sound as if she would prefer to be executed than to be psychotic. “I did not want to suggest that I think being executed is preferable to being psychotic,” she wrote. “People with psychosis have lives worth living.”

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