July 30, 2012 12:00 PM

PAULA DEEN

“Paula, don’t let the critics spoil all the fun and love you have put in your cooking and shared with the world”

Thomas Whitfield, via e-mail

Paula Deen states in your cover story that her diabetes condition is “not something I chose.” On the contrary, she made a conscious decision to ignore her body every time she put something in her mouth that was bad for her. Until the day comes when she takes full responsibility for her own health, the dietary and lifestyle changes she has made will only be temporary.

Melissa Papke

Huntington Beach, Calif.

Who cares if she lost or put on 30 lbs.? If everyone were as positive and caring as Paula Deen, the world would be a better place. Thanks, Paula, and keep up the great work.

Julie Ball

Houston

For years on her show Paula Deen has been hawking a style of cooking that can lead to obesity and diabetes, and now she’s promoting a diabetes medication from which she’ll profit. By the looks of it, I’d have to say Chef Deen has whipped up a pretty good conflict of interest.

Rebecca Root

via e-mail

PHILLIP PHILLIPS

Thank you so much for the article on the American Idol winner. Many viewers of the show didn’t realize the seriousness of his kidney ailment, because this young man never used it as an excuse, even in moments when to me he seemed in obvious pain. Phillip Phillips is a real inspiration, and I wish him all the success in the world.

Mary Buten

Aberdeen, N.J.

CHANNING TATUM

I was so excited to read the story on up-and-coming actor Channing Tatum. For someone who is perhaps on his way to superstardom, Tatum seems like a regular guy with down-home values who is deeply in love with his wife. Hollywood can definitely use more like him.

Lori Cassity

via e-mail

STAR TRACKS

While I applaud the owner of pink pooch Darcy for a commitment to fighting breast cancer, I must make the following observation: Dogs are not Easter eggs, and they are not meant to be dyed.

Millie Hubbard

Fort Myers, Fla.

HEROES AMONG US

When I read about paralyzed bullying victim Sawyer Rosenstein, I was immediately reminded of my own boys’ struggle with the problems of bullying in school. We too are from New Jersey and complained so many times to “professionals” who did nothing, even for my youngest, who was in special education. Thankfully, my boys escaped physical harm, but the emotional scars remain. It’s tragic that Sawyer ended up in a wheelchair, but now his voice is being heard—and he is speaking for a lot of us. Thank you, Sawyer!

Patricia Carter-Falotico

via e-mail

Correction

In the Chatter section of our July 9 issue, we misspelled the name of Toyota’s Highlander Hybrid. We regret the error.

UPDATE | BULLIED BUS MONITOR

Readers were moved by our story on Karen Klein, the 68-year-old grandmother who was cruelly taunted by a group of seventh-grade boys. The public outcry lead to more than $680,000 being raised on her behalf. Now Klein’s taking some friendly advice. “So many people have told me to retire that they’ve talked me right into it!” says Klein, who plans to donate a portion of the money to charities. Tim McGraw also offered her concert tickets and a trip to New Orleans. As for what she hopes will come of the incident, Klein says, “I hope people will learn from this.”

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