I've become a new fan of disgraced celebrity TV chef Paula Deen and plan to go buy me one of her cookbooks. You all don't mind, I hope. Then I'm planning to buy the fixin's for one of her lower-fat recipes. Now that obesity has become a disease, I guess I caught it.

In a few weeks, Paula will be laughing all the way to the bank, just like Martha Stewart did -- and all will be well again.

Marian Tooman

Bakersfield