December 10, 2007 12:00 PM


“I hope Owen Wilson realizes what a wonderful life he has and how his talents touch so many others”

Marilyn Nielsen

Edgerton, Wis.

As a longtime fan of Owen Wilson‘s, I enjoyed your follow-up story, but I wish the news was more encouraging. The very public airing of his troubles has provided Owen with a life-changing opportunity, and hopefully he’ll take full advantage. I sincerely wish for his future happiness and good health, but based on what I’ve seen so far, the world should not stop praying for him.

Allison Auld

Philadelphia, Pa.

If a red-hot career, traveling the globe, a Malibu mansion and million-dollar paychecks didn’t prevent Owen’s “demons” from rearing their ugly heads before the August incident, why would they do the trick now? I would think a scare like he got would indicate some big changes are needed. Come on, Owen, you are so special! Please take the time to see the need for change and embrace it.

Kim Teller

Martha’s Vineyard, Mass.

Your article on Owen Wilson clearly stated that one of his biggest problems was handling the press. How do you expect this “troubled star” to get back on his feet if you put him on the cover of your magazine? Let the man have some privacy.

Michele Keating

North Port, Fla.


I ran the New York City Marathon and finished in a time of 2:36:31. Like many others that day, I earned it the hard way, logging over 100 miles a week for months. And unlike Katie Holmes, I work full-time. Running a 5 1/2-hour marathon is not impressive, indicates a lack of preparation and is fundamentally disrespectful to the marathon. If you want to know what impressive looks and sounds like, talk to Paula Radcliffe, who had a baby this year and won the same race in 2:23 and change.

Rory Gilfillan

via e-mail


Heidi and Seal are kindred spirits who will go the distance because of their core values and commitment to one another, their family and life. Plus, this beautiful couple’s music has touched us all.

Dawn Benson

Dublin, Calif.


I enjoyed reading about how this school principal is taking a stand against the junk that is served in lunchrooms. It’s appalling what children are served at school these days. As a mother, I am very thankful for the work being done to get the system back on track. Well done!

Susan Bassett

Wichita, Kans.

As an early childhood educator I must say I do not agree with Ms. Sanders-Butler. Let’s face it, schools do not make children obese. The cause is more likely sitting in front of the TV eating fast food most nights of the week.

Rebekah Woodall

Albertville, Ala.


Readers had mixed but passionate responses to our story on Mary Lou Wallner, whose lesbian daughter committed suicide and who now urges Christian parents not to make the same mistake she did and to accept their gay children. “I am a lesbian daughter of parents who have indicated that my lifestyle choice has made me a demon,” writes Sarah Piersol of Fargo, N.Dak. “I hope stories like Mary Lou’s will soften their hearts to see me as a person, not an evil monster.” But others question Wallner’s message of tolerance and inclusion. Laurie Haromy of Dundee, Fla., is “saddened that Mrs. Wallner has compromised her Christianity by saying homosexuality is not a sin. However, as many Christians say, ‘Love the sinner, hate the sin.’ Our children are still our children.” Since the story ran, Wallner has received scores of supportive e-mails, as well as requests for speaking engagements, and she believes more than ever that her work “is changing lives for the better.”


In our Nov. 19 issue we said that former Real World cast member Pam Ling is a medical researcher. Dr. Ling is a physician. We regret the error.

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