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

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by MORE • Editors
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However, I take serious issue with some statements in this piece.  How comforting to read that "even when cancer cells evade the immune system, they are not always fatal." I am sure my sister, who was diagnosed with a very early bladder cancer after 3 expensive tests, would disagree with the philosophy that it makes sense to wait until that "true cancer will surface eventually, when it causes symptoms."

Would it be a mistake to read between the lines and conclude that the medical academics you quote are trying to prepare people for life under the strictures of government-controlled medicine?  You owe your readers a profound apology for publishing this dangerous misinformation.
--Joanne Steckling

Oh dear does everyone die when they reach 60? We at 70 are still interested in looking good. Please add hints etc for our group. You are a magazine for the mature.

My sisters and I buy subscriptions to several different magazines then swap them around. One sister had previously had a subscription to More but had let it lapse so another sister decided to start it up again a few months ago. I have to say I had always loved More but in the last few issues I have been very disappointed. I thought the idea of the magazine was that it was for women over 40 and yet in the last couple of issues the articles and beauty suggestions have been for 30s, 40s and 50s and last month your model was in her 30s. There are plenty of magazines out there designed for the 30 year olds and I feel let down that this magazine is no longer what it was. As a 53 year old I was always confidant following the beauty advice and fashion guidelines but now I'll have to pick and choose so as not to end up as "mutton dressed as lamb".

I'd love for you to go back to the original formula - it worked.

--Penny Melfi

I just turned 65, not a fact I admit easily.  I have been a More subscriber since the very beginning.  My mortgage is paid off, as are my kids' college debts, and I have lots of disposable income. I got my latest promotion when I was over 60. I work out with a trainer twice a week, and I probably look and feel better now than I did at 50.  It seems to me that I am just the kind of subscriber you and your advertisers want  But your last 2 covers have been about being the best something at "30, 40 and 50."  Does that make the rest of us "chopped liver?" With covers like these, you are turning your back on a lot of women of "style and substance." In particular, I feel as though you are turning your back on me.
What are you going to do to win me, and all the others like me, back?  
--Judith Lowitz Adler

I am writing in reference to the article in Dec 2013 magazine called, "Reaching a spiritual peak". It offends me that the writer to omit Christ. The very holiday is around his beginnings. So when she says, that the "chain of human belief itself, transferred down the generations is what makes the place profound". She really doesn't get it and neither does your magazine. Why don't you try celebrating the very reason there is a holiday called Christmas??? I will never buy another MORE magazine. I thought your magazine was different. Why not write about what the holiday is about?? No, you had rather be lose membership. I have many friends who read your magazine and was offended by your fear on this subject. A & E learned. Maybe you will.....................when you don't have anyone who wants to read MORE anymore.

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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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