Save the Animals
I applaud Juliette Watt in “Call of the Wild” for upending her life and moving to help animals at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Utah. I am currently volunteering at a local animal shelter in Los Angeles, and I can tell you that animals are hurting in every shelter in every city in America.
Because of the financial crisis, all shelters are filled to capacity with lonely, frightened and abandoned animals. Since the shelters are deluged, the shelter staff value and depend on volunteers to help care for the animals. I have been gathering old blankets, towels and bedding from friends and neighbors to bring to the dogs, so they can be a little warmer in this cold weather.
Anyone who cares about and loves animals can make a big difference by volunteering at their local shelters.
Dr. Melissa Klaskin
The Great Health Care Debate
I found Janice Hopkins Tanne’s article “Health Reformer In Chief,” on Kathleen Sebelius a biased one and not what I expect from MORE. According to Ms. Tanne, the opponents of the health reform act are all wearing red horns and want women and children to die slow and painful deaths. Why else would they oppose this fabulous bill? Clearly this is not the case. I am not going to delineate the valid reasons why this bill is not good for the country, as my points would not be “frightening and untrue claims,” as Ms. Tanne references.
Ms. Tanne included her own opinion regarding the health care debate in the article, which is not what a true journalist does. Shame on her, and shame on you for printing a biased article. I look forward to seeing a well-balanced article regarding this debate.
La Jolla, CA
This Is Why We Rock…
I just wanted to say I love your magazine. I am 39, and when I began reading my mother’s copy of MORE so frequently, she got me a subscription. Whomever picks the cover ladies rocks and has great taste! As a suggestion, Nancy Travis, Elizabeth Shue and Mary Stuart Masterson are also hot and talented.
The Balancing Act
While Wendy Kopp’s devotion to the public school system is admirable in “Class Warfare,” her lack of devotion to the family system is not. A healthy family depends on parents who are connected, involved, accessible and present to their children and not only physically, but mentally and emotionally.
As the mother of three boys who has tried to balance a career, motherhood and marriage, I know a family deeply suffers when a mother is consumed by her work, as Kopp apparently is.
Kopp admits that she and her husband each travel 90 days per year. She jokes that her husband supports her work schedule, and she says the “kids will be best off if I’m not home…No! If I’m fulfilled!” While it may be fulfilling for Kopp to slay the world’s dragons and pay herself $300,000 to do so, her four young children need her. She has chosen motherhood, so that should be her first vocation and responsibility, whether she finds it fulfilling or not.
Perhaps someone should ask Kopp’s children how fulfilling their relationship with their mother is?
A Real MORE Woman
Thank you for your magazine! I look forward to reading about women who are defined by their accomplishments, rather than only as wives and mothers.
My 90-year-old mother also anticipates my copies of MORE. She is a good example of a real MORE woman. She left the Idaho Japanese concentration camp in the 1940s to continue her college education in Texas. Then, she went on to medical school to become a doctor at a time when women were encouraged to stay at home, and anti-Japanese sentiments were at an all time high.
So not surprisingly, my mother appreciates reading your magazine, which profiles women like her who have overcome the odds against success.
A Challenge to Democracy