By People Staff
March 02, 2009 12:00 PM


“The Anthonys are clearly a dysfunctional family, disconnected from the reality of the situation”

Court Meyer

Jefferson City, Mo.

There is much about this case I don’t understand. We all know the wheels of justice can grind slowly, but for the sake of Caylee Anthony the entire matter needs to be resolved as quickly as possible. Until that happens I will hold her in my prayers.

Rita McDougald

Winston-Salem, N.C.

I am heartbroken by all the coverage of the Caylee Anthony story. Why do we continue to allow our children to be victimized? There should be a program whereby an overwhelmed family can drop off a child without prejudice. Somehow we need to make America a safe haven for every child.

Tammy Hollandsworth

via e-mail


How refreshing that Jessica Simpson is “happier than ever” with her new curves. All you celebrities and tabloid magazines please take note: A few extra pounds are not necessarily detrimental to one’s health or well-being.

Matty Jordan

via e-mail


Like Bret Baier’s son Paul, my daughter Emma Kate was born with a congenital heart defect (CHD). Though not quite 6 months old, she has successfully endured two open-heart surgeries. Most people don’t realize that CHDs are the No. 1 cause of birth-defect fatalities in infants, but presumably your article has created an awareness that will lead to more funding for research. I hope that someday soon any kids born with CHDs will have, like Emma Kate and Paul, a bright future ahead of them.

Bethany Keisler

Birmingham, Ala.


The media coverage of Flight 1549 has been overwhelmingly positive, but I feel that my words and my intent were taken so out of context in PEOPLE magazine’s Feb. 23 cover story on Flight 1549 that I must correct the record. To be clear, I’ve experienced many emotions since the crash on Jan. 15. Attending the Inauguration of President Obama was truly an honor, so I was disappointed when PEOPLE used a quote from me about the Inauguration (“I can’t handle this”) to convey a sense of overwhelming hopelessness. In fact, my feelings from that day couldn’t have been more opposite. Had PEOPLE used my words in the manner in which they were intended, your readers would have known that I was completely energized by the opportunity to participate in that historic day and, more importantly, that I continue to be amazed and grateful for the way people everywhere have embraced me, my fellow crew members, and the flight-attendant community.

I am looking forward to returning to a routine flight schedule and working alongside my professional US Airways flight attendants, all of whom would have done exactly what we did on Jan. 15.

Sheila Dail

US Airways Flight Attendant

Flight 1549


In a setback for families who believe vaccines triggered their children’s autism, a federal vaccine court ruled Feb. 12 that the Measles-Mumps-Rubella vaccine, alone or in combination with vaccines containing a mercury-based preservative, did not cause the autism that developed in three test-case children. PEOPLE has covered the ongoing debate extensively, including a 2007 story on one of the three children involved in the ruling, Michelle Cedillo. Her mother, Theresa, who had hoped to receive some compensation for Michelle’s medical care, tells PEOPLE, “Unfortunately it has turned into a political controversy, and the children get lost in the middle.” She says she will continue to lobby for more funding for autism research.