We Hear You! Letters from Our December 2013/January 2014 Issue

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by MORE • Editors
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Doctors need to recognize what it means to have a weakened immune system.  I was recently hospitalized for a serious drug interaction and the symptoms mimic a heart attack....which I did not have.  I was put on serious drugs which put me back in the hospital several times, I could not work,eat or stand.  My own internist rolled his eyes at me when I told him about my immune system....It runs in my family....The drug companies recognize this.. Doctors do not belive it....WHY.


I cannot tell you how much I have enjoyed "More" over approximately the last five years.  In fact, for several years, I gave subscriptions to my friends.  I decided not to renew my subscription this year because I do not feel that it addresses those of us that are 60+.  I turned 60 this year.  I really wish that the magazine could make some changes to address this issue.  Many of us that are baby boomers would love to have "More" address our needs and beauty issues also. I am certainly not a magazine editor, but would love to make suggestions should you be interested.  Thanks in advance for reading my email.

--Kathy Gilliland

Dear Ms Seymour,

After reading the Dec-Jan issue of MORE I just wanted to write and thank you for this incredible magazine.

I am sixty four years old and deeply appreciate the thought and consideration that has gone into every page of this publication! Finally a magazine that is truly sensitive to the interests of women my age!

Perhaps we are more mature and "seasoned" but I personally feel a bit excluded when I see beauty tips for women in their 20s, 30s, 40s and 50s and then the article ends! No tips, advice or even comments on our generation! How very sad….. We are still here, still vibrant, still active, still valuable and still striving to be our best no matter what age!

Thank you for remembering us…
--Kathy Riggs

Hello More Staff,

I am a newer subscriber who bought my subscription simply because I was hoping to win the Publishers Clearance House prize money. Now, I am hooked on your mag.  November's piece about domestic violence made me cry with familiarity, and October's piece about the women conductor inspired me. I find that as I read from cover to cover, I always think of a friend or relative who could benefit from one or more articles (Career Comeback at Any Age).  What troubles me though, is that your covers promote beauty and anti aging articles over articles of real value that are tucked inside. If I saw this on the rack while paying for groceries, I wouldn't pick it up.  Please consider changing your covers so that the life-changing info inside is more obvious to potential readers.

Thank you,
--Kathy Anderson

Ok More magazine...I was an early subscriber and I thought you would stick by me. I'm 67, a lawyer, still working full time, still blonde, and you have abandoned me. Usually you would have some cover headline about "how to be gorgeous in your 30's, 40's and 50's" and then include us 60's inside. This month you have officially left us out. What gives? Hasn't anyone told you 60 is the new 40?

Thank you for the quotation from Diana Nyad on page 21.  Do you know who she is? Her story? If so - why isn't she on the cover? She is the most phenomenal woman - of any age- and she gets such minimal coverage.  Is she too old??  I don't understand.  Perhaps it is not too late to give her the coverage that is appropriate.  She is a true inspiration - to women of every age! 

Thank you

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I too was upset with the article by Amanda Robb, "The Woman who won't back down". I am against violence in any form - the killing of Dr Tiller and the killing of innocent babies.
I am thankful for the extra regulations that have been placed on Abortion clinics and Planned Parenthood. " In one year South Wind performed 1000 abortions" says the article, Are they proud of this? I'm disgusted and sad. How about writing a piece on how abortions kill babies and the long-term psychological problems that occur with women who abort???

I was very angry when I read the article by Amanda Robb, "The Woman Who Won't Back Down." She is the person who took over Dr. Tiller's late term abortion facility. I found the article one sided and found it disturbing that she and Dr. Tiller were made to look like heroes. He should not have been murdered. His life was just as important as every one of the lives he took during his late term abortions. He did unspeakable evils to innocent unborn children, but he is a child of God and deserved life. No pro-life person would think otherwise. We would fight for his life too. Burkhart's comment, "Are we going to be a country that forces Midwestern women to be pregnant?", was ridiculous. It implied that women do not know what causes us to become pregnant! It sounded like we suddenly find ourselves pregnant maybe from something in the water! Pregnancy is not a germ or a disease that must be ripped out of a woman even up until birth as was done at that clinic. This is a living, growing child with a heartbeat. We get all up in arms about the use of fur and the killing of whales, and we should, but the babies need us too. Speak up! Women need help, not death for their unborn babies. One mother + one dead baby = two victims and one rich abortionist.


Emma Thompson’s profile in your Dec 2013/Jan 2014 issue was both entertaining and interesting. As the article details, Emma Thompson “finds joy with extended family, a pantry full of comfort food, and a new burst of creativity” However, it would have been more informative to mention her latest “creative” endeavor: adding her name to the protest against the inclusion of the Israeli theater company Habima, at an Shakespeare festival held in May 2013. Ms. Thompson, along with more than thirty British stage and screen artists insisted that by “...inviting Habima, the Globe is associating itself with policies of exclusion practised by the Israeli state and endorsed by its national theatre company.” In this declaration the artists demanded that the invitation be withdrawn, “… so that the festival is not complicit with human rights violations and the illegal colonisation of occupied land.” It would be been more intellectually honest of More to include this facet of Emma Thompson, albeit a view perhaps less entertaining.
As the Bard of Avon might offer, "The lady doth protest too much, methinks.” Why pick on Israel? While I champion Ms. Thompson’s right and desire to protest human rights violations, her enthusiasm would appear a bit more genuine had she initiated a boycott of say, Yemen. In Yemen, a woman is not recognized as a full person before the court. Moreover, a single woman’s testimony isn’t taken seriously unless it’s backed by a man’s testimony, or concerns a place or situation where a man would not be. And women can’t testify at all in cases of adultery, libel, theft or sodomy.”(http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2013/10/27/7-ridiculou...) But given the misogynistic laws pervasive throughout the Muslim world, Yemen would certainly not be the only stop on Ms. Thompson’s train of righteous indignation, were it to allowed to proceed freely and factually. She and her cohorts have condemned Israel for its human rights violations in regard to Palestinians.
And, as the Bard would declare, “What light through yonder window breaks?” “Guess who graduated first in this year's medical school class at the Technion, Israel's version of M.I.T? “ Not surprising to those knowledgeable about Israel’s educational system, the answer is: “..an observant Islamic woman named Mais Ali-Saleh, who grew up in a small village outside of Nazareth, in Israel's Galilee.” (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/diana-bletter/guess-whos-valedictorian_b_3...) Though chic for many actors/musical artists to don the keffiyeh of outrage against Israel, the less fashionable pathway of historical truths would be the more admirable pursuit. In conclusion, the Bard is worth turning to: “in a false quarrel there is no true valor.”
Diane Biegel

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