“Sandra is a class act who will survive this, and the next time around, she will be stronger and smarter”
It broke my heart to read Sandra’s story. I’ve been a stepmother for almost 34 years, and my stepsons were at the top of the list when it came to working on my marriage. I hope Sandra has the strength to continue to be the great stepmom she has been; those precious kids deserve all the love and happiness she can give them.
Sugar Grove, Ohio
My advice to Sandra is to just go with what is in your heart. You know you’ll never be able to trust Jesse again, no matter how much he says he loves you. You definitely deserve so much better than what he did to your heart.
I am passionate about movies, and one of my favorite films of all time is Hope Floats. I loved the story and felt that Sandra Bullock gave an Oscar-worthy performance as a betrayed wife. Let us hope she can build on that experience to survive her own humiliating betrayal.
Jesse James created his whole persona by being a “bad boy.” The only surprise here is that Sandra thought she could change him. I’m on Jesse’s side.
TEEN PLASTIC SURGERY
Your story about teenagers having plastic surgery after being taunted qualifies, in my opinion, as a public service message. As a teen I was subjected to horrible comments due to my crooked nose. After I had surgery, my self-esteem improved dramatically, as did my ability to deal with social situations. Hopefully readers who consider plastic surgery superficial will rethink their ideas after reading this article.
Three cheers for your article on Rhys McIntyre, and kudos to all the health professionals who have made newborn-hearing screening a reality. Ten years ago we would not have imagined that every newborn with a hearing loss could be diagnosed at 2 to 3 months of age, rather than the previous norm of 2 to 3 years old. Rhys’ progress illustrates the importance of this advance.
As a teacher at the Kansas School for the Deaf, I’d like to tell the McIntyres that their son Rhys can accomplish anything. I also urge them to look into American Sign Language. Having the foundation of visual communication through sign language will enhance what the baby learns. A cochlear implant may be a good choice, but keep in mind it is not a cure.
At 17, Miley is too young and immature to live on her own. The comments she made in your story prove she hasn’t grown up yet. She is an overindulged child playing at being an adult.
New York, N.Y.
Our story on Steve Markwell, who runs the Olympic Animal Sanctuary for canine criminals, drew mostly positive responses from readers. “This was a very inspirational piece for all of us animal lovers,” writes Karen Mayerhofer-Layne of Medinah, Ill. “Bad behavior in dogs is caused by irresponsible or cruel actions by their owners.” Nicole Shores writes via e-mail, “It’s about time we hear about someone who is willing to give these animals the love and understanding they deserve.” But Cathy Binks of Oklahoma City says she is “infuriated that these horrible dogs are allowed to live. In my opinion, it’s like pardoning murderers.”