By People Staff
August 15, 2011 12:00 PM

WILL & KATE

“Kate’s down-to-earth charm guarantees that people everywhere will continue to admire her”

Fran Welker

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I loved Princess Diana, but I think we have found a new Diana in Kate. William, you done good! Your mother would be so proud.

Maureen Belleson

Lombard, Ill.

What a terrific picture of Kate wearing a cowboy hat at the Calgary Stampede. I could almost see her competing for the title of Miss Rodeo America.

Donna Blakeslee

Bend, Ore.

Watching Kate, I realized something—she never flaunts her body. So I want to thank her for showing our teenage girls that you can be beautiful without being inappropriately dressed.

Anna Green

Hurdland, Mo.

CASEY ANTHONY

Ann Finnell, one of Casey Anthony’s lawyers, said that Casey is “a fairly typical 25-year-old.” My daughter is 25 years old. She works a full-time job and is an outstanding mom to a 3-year-old. She is a responsible person who went to school to be a medical assistant, does not live at home and does not rely on me to pay her way. Now that’s the definition of a fairly typical 25-year-old, not Casey Anthony.

Sandy Higgs

Winston-Salem, N.C.

I find it ironic that the last sentence of the Casey Anthony story was the quote that “she is planning on making something of herself.” Sorry, but it’s a little too late for that.

Chuck Tweed

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BETTY FORD

Thank you for the wonderful piece on the life and impact of Mrs. Ford. She was a superb example of an intelligent, talented and honest woman, comfortable in her own skin and confident of her own power to change the world. She was a hero of my late mother, Peggy Sargent, who passed away in 2003. Mom got sober in 1967, several years before Mrs. Ford did, but when Betty Ford admitted her own alcoholism, a cloud was lifted for all alcoholics, especially women. Today millions of us can say, “My name is Jean and I am an alcoholic.” Betty made that phrase acceptable. God bless her.

Jean Sargent

Salem, Ore.

Betty Ford impressed me in so many ways, showing her vulnerabilities yet moving forward and dealing with them straight on—and in public. Now she would have made a great President! It’s time for a woman in the “House.”

Ann Klein

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EMMA WATSON

As a 17-year-old girl who grew up with the Harry Potter films, it’s extremely gratifying to see the way Emma Watson has grown up. Very much like Hermione Granger, the Harry Potter character she portrays, Ms. Watson is an attractive and gifted woman who has a bright future ahead of her. She has proven herself to be a great role model for myself as well as for millions of girls around the globe.

Lauren Mason

Newbury Park, Calif.

UPDATE | GIFFORDS’ HEROIC RETURN

She stood with the help of an aide’s steadying hands, but there she was— Gabby Giffords, on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives Aug. 1 for the first time since the Arizona Democrat was shot in the head in an assassination attempt Jan. 8. With her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, smiling proudly nearby, Giffords was greeted by a four-minute bipartisan standing ovation for her surprise appearance to support the debt bill that had so divided Washington. Afterward, she tweeted: “The Capitol looks beautiful and I am honored to be at work tonight.”

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