December 23, 2013 12:00 PM


“What a horrible ending to a beautiful family!”

Julie Veneklasen via e-mail

I have been following the McStay family story from the moment they vanished. To read of their deaths is truly heartbreaking. May they rest in peace, finally.

Kimberly Shaffer

Boca Raton, Fla.

When the mystery of this tragedy is finally solved, I think we’ll find that illegal drugs were somehow involved.

Barbara Ward

Hansville, Wash.


When someone grows up in a family of doctors, they tend to migrate to a medical career. Kendall Jenner has grown up in a media-hungry family, and we’re surprised by her actions? Old saying but true: “The apple never falls far from the tree.” With roots like that, what else can you expect?

Phil Haynie via e-mail

Please stop referring to Kendall (and Kylie) Jenner as Kardashians. You wouldn’t call Nicole Kidman‘s lovely daughters with Keith Urban part of the Cruise clan, would you? Kendall and Kylie have both a mother and a father, neither of whom are Kardashians.

Cami Hepler

Hickory, N.C.


I read with interest the article on Mayor Rob Ford. Particularly interesting was his sister Kathy’s remark: “Robbie’s not an addict. I know because I’m a former addict.” I found her rationalization about her brother’s absurd and often disgusting behavior to be laughable.

Sue Rogers

Columbus, Ohio

I think it’s amazing that Rob Ford drew enough attention to be mentioned in People, but I took offense at the “Now What, Canada?” headline. As a Toronto resident, I’m mortified by our mayor’s actions, but please don’t drag the rest of our great country into his mess.

Jessica Lundeen via e-mail


I grew up with Elizabeth Taylor, and like so many others, I delighted in her beauty and her feisty roles. It was wonderful to discover that she also was an attentive and beloved mother and grandmother, and that her compassion was so singular that she threw herself into an unpopular cause and gave infinitely of her own energy and resources to make a difference. She was truly that rarity: a great beauty inside and out. Thanks for the article and great photos.

Joan P. Shapiro

South Windsor, Conn.


First that ridiculous video with legend-in-his-own-mind Kanye, and now dresses that would make Frederick’s of Hollywood blush! Kim is an attractive woman—showing us her breasts is overkill. Is her self-esteem so miniscule that she only feels worthwhile exposing herself?

Linda Minnis

Ontario, Canada


Jed Finds Family

In our Aug. 26 issue, we profiled Jed Maddalon, a 19-year-old who had spent more than 10 years in 29 different foster homes by the age of 13 before being adopted by Billy Maddalon and his partner, Brooks Shelley, of Charlotte, N.C. With their help Jed tracked down the biological brother he didn’t know he had. James Pate, Jed’s 21-year-old brother, was shocked by how much he and Jed now look alike. Over Thanksgiving weekend the two got together and spent the time getting to know one another. “James told me, ‘I’ve lost you once; I’m not going to lose you again,’ ” says Jed. “I hugged him and said, ‘I know, I know!’ ”

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