March 30, 2009 12:00 PM

MICHELLE OBAMA

“As a working mother of two young daughters, I find Mrs. Obama to be an inspiring role model”

Emily Carpenter

Tega Cay, S.C.

Your timely interview with Mrs. Obama gave us valuable insight into a new kind of First Lady, one who is not very far removed from everyday life. She has visited neighbors in her new city, made sure her daughters continue to do chores and enjoyed a “girls’ night in.” I’m quite certain this is one woman who won’t be trapped in a White House bubble.

Anne Mahoney Robbins

Rockville, Md.

Michelle Obama is smart, successful and beautiful, but she has managed to remain down-to-earth. I am so proud to have such a woman as First Lady. She is a long-overdue breath of fresh air for the White House and our country.

Elaine Millar

Mission Viejo, Calif.

We have seen enough cover pictures of the First Family. Mr. and Mrs. Obama are the President and First Lady, not celebrities. PEOPLE seems to be focusing on Washington instead of Hollywood.

Ronda Toole

via e-mail

Please, no more stories on the Obamas! I’d rather know how the Bushes are settling into their new home in Dallas. I assure you, there are still millions of Americans who care about them.

Nicole Terrill

via e-mail

I don’t appreciate our First Lady’s plan for “Obama china.” What a waste when some Americans can’t afford to put food on their table. She just lost my respect.

Susan K. Bond

Sarasota, Fla.

Mrs. Obama should hire a wardrobe stylist. The lace dress she wore on your cover would be fine at a summer wedding but looks weird in winter.

July Trader

Simi Valley, Calif.

THE OSCARS

As a longtime fan of PEOPLE, I must tell you that my all-time favorite picture is the large photo you ran of Kate Winslet with Meryl Streep. No airbrushing or camera tricks—just honest beauty.

Martha Ferguson

via e-mail

Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale were by far the most glamorous couple at the Oscars—gorgeous inside and out!

Kathi Lambie

Chatham, Ill.

With all those pages on the Oscars, couldn’t you have found room for a picture of Twilight’s Robert Pattinson? He has plenty of fans among your readers.

Kellie Smith

via e-mail

BODY WATCH

It was infuriating to read “Too Fat to Model?” All of those women looked very attractive, even more so in the “now” than “before” pictures. By focusing on their shapes, you are promoting the terrible obsession our society has with weight. I believe articles like this contribute to the rise of eating disorders.

Madeleine Overturf

Anchorage, Alaska

JULLAION JONES

I loved the story about the young man who saved a boy during a shooting at a basketball game. Jullaion Jones is truly a “Hero Among Us.”

D. Massey

Shawnee, Kans.

MAKING HISTORY

Our recent story subject Ty’Sheoma Bethea—the 14-year-old eighth grader who wrote to lawmakers describing the deplorable conditions at her junior high school in Dillon, S.C., and attended President Obama’s speech to Congress on Feb. 24—has found out she’s once again going to be on display. The lavender dress she wore to Washington and a copy of her letter will be part of an upcoming exhibit at the South Carolina State Museum in Columbia. “Schoolchildren can see themselves reflected in her and be inspired,” says Elaine Nichols, a museum curator. While honored, Ty’Sheoma was disappointed that her outfit was leaving her closet. So principal Amanda Burnette made a quick call to the dress manufacturer, who shipped another one, as well as a peach chiffon halter dress. “I’m part of history,” says Ty’Sheoma. “I can’t believe what’s happening.”

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