By People Staff
June 08, 2009 12:00 PM


“It doesn’t matter if Kirstie Alley is 120 lbs. or 220 lbs.—she is beautiful, talented and funny”

Cindy Marquedant

Brooklyn, Mich.

I have to applaud Kirstie for speaking out so candidly about her weight gain. It’s good to know that someone in Hollywood struggles with real-life issues like the rest of us.

Heather Corgatelli

via e-mail

Just as the swallows return to Capistrano, we now, again, must return to the ongoing saga of Kirstie Alley’s weight drama being played out in the public eye. The question is, at this point does anyone really care?

Karen Blicker

Hicksville, N.Y.

Kirstie Alley’s unrealistic expectations about losing weight seem to be her biggest downfall. She is a gorgeous woman, but at the age of 58, there is no reason she needs to weigh 128 lbs. What’s wrong with feeling good about yourself at a healthy weight for your age?

Danielle Kretch

Moreland Hills, Ohio


Parents should make it absolutely unacceptable for their children to taunt their peers with hurtful words or deeds. Otherwise, we will surely continue to hear sad stories like this.

Melissa Kiebort

Exton, Pa.

How is it that this society has made the term “gay” so intolerable that two boys, who probably didn’t really know what being gay means, took their own lives rather than being so described?

Gena Fisher

Kidder, Mo.


Your story confirmed what everyone already knew: Elizabeth Edwards is an incredibly strong, honest and compassionate human being who deserved much better from her husband.

Sarah Funk

Pine Plains, N.Y.

Elizabeth Edwards’s courage is truly inspiring. It looks like the wrong Edwards ran for President.

Perry Ciment

Miami Beach, Fla.


Ryan O’Neal has been at Farrah Fawcett’s side throughout her ordeal and has shown what love and caring is all about. I only wish the journey wasn’t going to end the way it probably will.

Barbara Corbett


Twenty-three years ago my daughter Farrah, 7 years old and terminally ill with leukemia, was granted a wish through the Starlight Children’s Foundation: a meeting with Farrah Fawcett. Ms. Fawcett was very gracious during her visit and gave my daughter an autographed Cabbage Patch Kids Doll. Four months later, the day before our Farrah died, Ms. Fawcett found out what hospital we were in and made a personal phone call, as well as sending a huge arrangement of balloons. Farrah Fawcett never wanted any publicity for these acts of kindness, but at a time like this, she should be recognized for her compassion and rest assured that she is in everyone’s thoughts and prayers.

Roie Rot

Plainfield, Ill.


Reader Kathalijn Sprenger of Berkeley, Calif., had understandable concerns when her baby boy was born last October after just 24 weeks. “He weighed 1 lb. 5 oz. and was only 12 inches long,” she writes. But she found comfort in our May 18 article about a group of Minnesota preemies now in their teens and early 20s who not only survived their early trials but thrived. “Your story about Dr. Ronald Hoekstra and these amazing young adults,” adds Sprenger, “gives us a ton of hope about where this little guy can go in life, thanks to the remarkable work of his doctors and nurses in the NICU.” Juliana Forster, 21, of Gallatin, Tenn., once a preemie herself, agreed: “All these students have the same attitude that I do: the need to live life to the fullest.”