With all due respect for 27-year-old George Dick's legal right to have six children, and a seventh due to be born soon, and to bring as many more children into the world as he and his wife choose, his present predicament (PEOPLE, Dec. 16) leaves me with little sympathy for him.
The time must come, if we are all to survive, when it must be recognized—and heeded—that the reproductive capacity of the human race must be curbed.
Why isn't Jo Ann Dick holding down a job to help ends meet instead of bearing another hungry mouth to feed?
If and when the Dicks are without any source of income, my tax dollar will wind up supporting their children. I submit that the chicken did, indeed, come before the egg: the world was flooded with people long before the "job market was flooded with able men."
Mrs. Dick worked in a factory until her third child. Meanwhile, George Dick, now out of work, has been puttering around the house, thinking about moving to Nebraska where he was offered a job and hunting rabbits for food with his brother, Mert (below).—ED.
George Dick's problem is that for too many years he has been getting his job at Chrysler confused with his home life, i.e., producing children as if there's an assembly line in his bedroom.
Robert M. Brooks
I can hardly feel sorry for any of the Watergate defendants. They must have known what they were getting into, and the risks involved. And furthermore if you are trying to tell me John Mitchell has grown thin, from your picture he has a long way to go.
San Carlos, Calif.
President Giscard d'Estaing
Speaking of gorgeous companions, isn't the one curled up in the French president's Elysée Palace office a Weimaraner rather than a Labrador retriever?
Under the president's desk is a Labrador; on the rug, a Weimaraner also known in France as a "Gray Labrador."—ED.
Since Darwin specifically mentioned the woolly monkey in his theory of man's evolution, you should know that the animal James Coburn is dangling by the tail in Startracks is not a spider monkey but a woolly one.
Fort Wayne, Ind.
Author Ishmael Reed
There was some confusion when I spoke with your writer about who was in the picture with me. It was my wife, Carla, a dancer, not my daughter, age 13.
Tim Reed (below, with her father) has already written a novel, entitled The Book, about two kids, one black, one white, who drop out of school for a surreal adventure with Eskimos.—ED.
Father Phil and Sister Liz
Anti-establishment Berrigan and McAlister wish they could stop smoking. Cigarette sales profits go to big companies and tobacco taxes to the federal government. Therefore, they are supporting their opposition. It appears too much smoke has impaired their vision.
No Catholic can fail to be saddened by the loss of Father Berrigan and Sister Elizabeth McAlister from the faith, nor does it generally behoove us to make further comment on their decision. However, they insist on going public and trying to pass off an old failing as a new virtue. Theirs is not a success story—it is a tragedy.
Frank G. Rivera
Kathy Crosby doesn't think kids today want a mother waiting at home with a cookie and milk. Since when, I'd like to know? For years my house has been filled after school with my own children and their friends as well. They must like my cookies and milk since they keep coming back for more. I must admit it's getting expensive what with the price of sugar and milk going up, up, up, but I'm still a firm believer and a very contented cookie-and-milk mom.
Betty M. Wade
Burnt Hills, N.Y.
Among the letters in your Dec. 2 issue is one signed with my name suggesting Caroline Kennedy as a perfect match for Prince Charles. I did not see that issue of your magazine and did not write any such letter.
Mrs. Walter M. Block
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Now that we have established the fact that Mr. Ford was a good football player, and isn't a dummy because the people from Yale told us so, how about turning out an article on his work as President and not about what he eats or how his family is run. Let's get down to business.
In your Dec. 9 issue you published an article entitled "In Vladivostok, Ford Gives Up His Parka for Peace."
As all knowledgeable conservationists realize, the Alaskan wolf (canis lupus pambasileus) is not on the federal endangered species list as you say. This does not mean, however, that the wolf population in Alaska is at an optimum level. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service census shows between 5,000 and 10,000 wolves in Alaska, and terms the species as extremely vulnerable to human pressures.
If a significant number of people wished to emulate the President concerning his "stylish" coat, it could well cause the demise of the remnant population of wolves in Alaska. We have, therefore, requested a statement from President Ford to the effect that he does not endorse the exploitation of a threatened species for the sake of luxury items.
We will certainly appreciate it if you will alert your many readers to the absolute necessity to conserve our dwindling wildlife. The average citizen can play a very important role in conservation by purchasing only man-made furs—something we hope the President will remember in the future.
R. Marlin Perkins
The Wild Canid Survival and Research Center St. Louis
Isn't that oil Nelson Bunker Hunt is displaying the work of Richard Stone Reeves, noted for his famous horse paintings, in particular his magnificent renderings of Secretariat and Kelso?
Robert J. Murphy
Far Hills, N.J.