After reading the excerpt from Patty Hearst's book (PEOPLE, Feb. 1), I feel compelled to thank PEOPLE for printing such an enthralling story and to thank Patty for her boldness in tackling such an emotionally tender subject.
Ms. Hearst is a bank robber and would be in prison today with little chance of parole if it were not for her family's wealth and power. She's a criminal, not a national heroine.
Kenneth F. Wiegand
Sen. Harrison Williams
Over the past two years I have read many articles purporting to enlighten the public about my boss, Sen. Harrison "Pete" Williams (Dem., N.J.). During the entire ABSCAM ploy few, if any, individuals who have elected to remain with the Senator have been considered quotable. For the record, those of us who have stayed with Pete Williams are motivated by loyalty. However, the question that the media has never asked is, what motivated such loyalty? Loyalty is earned, and Williams is a man who has earned loyalty and respect over the years, not only because of his legislative record but also because of his goodness and honesty. He has very ably represented the state of New Jersey and still does. Pete Williams is an honorable man who has suffered a horrendous injustice; he continues an arduous battle to defend himself because he is innocent.
Denniese L. Medlin
Temple Hills, Md.
Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas
Your story on Canada's SCTV gives readers the impression that all Canadians do is drink beer and drone on about the doldrums. This could be one reason that the most popular T-shirt in Canada says, "Save a Salmon, Can an American."
Campbell River, B.C.
In your article on Canadian comedians Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas, you ask why Canada is a hotbed for comedy. The answer is simple. With a leader like Pierre Trudeau, his dippy wife, Margaret, the 282 yahoos in the House of Commons, the mammoth federal budget and close to one million unemployed, we can't do anything except laugh. It beats crying, eh?
Port Colborne, Ont.
As a high school basketball coach and a believer in the "mind" game, I found the article on sports psychologist Barbara Kolonay extremely interesting. Many coaches and players are apprehensive about using the "mind" game to improve performance. I hope the article will help these nonbelievers to see its importance. As in everything we do, the mind must be in control during the game so that the outcome we desire can become a reality.
Bad Axe, Mich.
We suspect that the reference in your article about the crash of Air Florida's Flight 90 to a "makeshift emergency room" was an attempt to describe our lobby, which was set up, according to regularly rehearsed procedures, as a triage area. Triage is the most efficient way of assessing patient injuries and dispersing the patients to definitive treatment areas. There was nothing "makeshift" about the care the survivors received. The medical care at National Hospital for Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation that night was, as always, swift, personal and professional.
Richard A. Schwartz, M.D.
Chief of Medicine
I can't tell you how it angered me that Peter Sellers' children are so clearly out to make a quick buck at the expense of their father's memory. Sellers' films brought much happiness and fun to my family.
First Toni Tennille, then Olivia Newton-John, now Donny Osmond. Good grief! Nobody wants to be a "goody two-shoes" anymore. It's such a laugh. With the world in such bad shape, you'd think these people would be proud of good, clean reputations. Have they ever stopped to think that's why fans like them so much?
Mrs. Donny Osmond says that she wants daughters so that she could have someone to help her around the house. Has it ever occurred to her that she might expect help from her husband and sons? It's not surprising that in the Osmond household ERA stands for Earned Run Average.
Kay Beth Hightower
Grain Valley, Mo.
I'm 12 years old and, while I don't watch the show any longer, I think dropping Captain Kangaroo would be wrong. For six years I watched the show every morning, enjoying every second of it. TV has enough news shows, and it doesn't need another one. There is too much sex and violence on TV—the networks need more shows like Captain Kangaroo.
Long Valley, N.J.
I grew up watching the Captain with his warm, old-fashioned morals and his friends Mr. Moose and Bunny Rabbit. I suspect that if Mr. Green Jeans was replaced by Darth Vader so that he could scare the wits out of little kids, network execs would consider the show a good economic risk and keep it.
As Captain Kangaroo, Bob Keeshan taught the children of my generation manners, a love of books and much more. My two little girls won't have a chance to know him because they aren't up at 6:30 a.m. I hope that Mr. Keeshan takes his syndication rights and runs with them. He is far better than anything else my children are watching now.