Whether they loved it or hated it, readers freely shared their reactions: pleasure in finding personal heroes, annoyance over the inclusion of the "undeserving"—and complaints that the list was just too darn long

Your recognition of the talented individuals who make up TIME's list of the most influential people [April 18] enabled me to appreciate and comprehend the events that have shaken and stirred our world today. Thank you.
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Pomona, California, U.S.

I was pleased that your list included Indonesia's Dina Astita, the teacher and survivor of...

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