February 13, 2012 12:00 PM

MURDER AT THE PALACE

“This puzzling case has all the ingredients of an Agatha Christie who-dunit mystery”

Kenneth Zimmerman, Huntington Beach, Calif.

I want to express my dismay after reading your article about the death of 17-year-old Alisa Dmitrijeva whose body was found New Years Day at Queen Elizabeth’s Sandringham estate. It reads as if the Queen, not the girl, is the victim. More coverage about Ms. Dmitrijeva would have shown compassion toward her family, rather than the poor Queen and her tainted holiday.

Nanette Hayles

Port Neches, Texas

THE OBAMAS

Thank you for the heartwarming glimpse inside President Barack Obama’s marriage to First Lady Michelle. They have a wonderful family, and the President never seems happier than when he’s with his loved ones, especially daughters Sasha and Malia.

Gabrielle Katz

via e-mail

Another story about the Obamas? This is getting as bad as the serial coverage of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. Please stop making them into celebrities.

Harold Specht Jr.

via e-mail

MARK WAHLBERG

Two thumbs up to Mark Wahlberg for being so committed to his wife and four children. His dramatic transformation from troubled teen to bold rapper Marky Mark and now a loving dad is truly inspirational. He has become a great actor and, more importantly, a remarkable family man. As one of his biggest fans, I’m so proud of him.

Janice McBryar

Cleveland, Tenn.

CASEY ANTHONY

I’m really irate that PEOPLE continues to do feature articles about Casey Anthony. Though she may have emerged from hiding with a new look, she does not deserve any more attention. The general public is sick of her.

Linda Patterson

via e-mail

RYAN GOSLING

It was so wonderful to find out what a gentleman Ryan Gosling is offscreen. Not only is he thoughtful and polite to his new girlfriend, actress Eva Mendes, he also loves and respects his mother. More men should be like him.

Judy Young

Rotterdam, N.Y.

STAR TRACKS

I was happy to finally see a photo of Sandra Bullock‘s son Louis smiling. Sandra must be quite a mom to get him to light up in such a cute way. Louis is a total sweetheart—I’m looking forward to many more smiles from him.

Barbara Scott

Alpharetta, Ga.

Maybe I’m old-fashioned, but isn’t Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith’s daughter Willow’s costume, not to mention her hair, a bit outlandish for her stroll in Beverly Hills? Hey, Mom and Dad, she’s only 11, remember?

Gale Gousha

Upland, Calif.

Correction

In our Jan. 30 Golden Globes story featuring Stacy Keibler, we incorrectly identified styling assistant Romy Devack. We regret the error.

UPDATE | A NEW BEGINNING

Our Jan. 23 article about Dr. William Petit Jr. finding love again nearly five years after his wife and two daughters were murdered lifted readers’ spirits. Wrote Pat Ledoux of Sterling, Mass.: “I was touched he found happiness after the sadness he endured. He showed grace throughout his entire ordeal. He is a hero.” Before he and his fiancée, photographer Christine Paluf, begin their new life, Petit put the last stage of his tragedy behind him. Appearing in court Jan. 27, Petit told a Connecticut judge that his ordeal “was my personal Holocaust.” Joshua Komisarjevsky, the second man convicted in the case, was then sentenced to death.

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