Three cheers for Ted Danson (PEOPLE, May 11)! It's nice to know that there are some good-looking men out there who are nice guys. I'm a fan for life.
Chula Vista, Calif.
I have just seen the season finale of Cheers and, as Diane would say, "Oh, poo!" But I do think your article on Ted Danson was "yahoo!" The article shows the human side of an actor who plays an inhuman sex fiend. To Ted Danson I say, "Great job." To Shelley Long, "You'll be missed."
There is a common denominator that runs through every one of these alleged UFO, aliens from space and out-of-body stories that I have read, and that is lack of proof. When any of these authors can come to their local town hall or meeting place and produce one of these alleged little men, then I would say that we have come on to one of the greatest stories since the birth of Christ. Until such time, I strongly believe that these little men are only in the brains of their beholders.
Frank D. Moriarty
To the people of Bedford, Texas, I say, "Hang your heads in shame." To turn your backs on the American flag, no matter what excuse you may give, is the most unpatriotic thing I have ever heard. If I lived in that town, it would not take me very long to pack up and move to a place where real Americans live. It is certainly nice to know that we still have people like Steve Symonds and the neighbors who helped him to put up his flagpole.
Hooray for Doggy Court! I have a problem with the horrible stench of the retriever who lives next door. Now, with this judicial breakthrough known as Doggy Court, there can truly be "odor in the court."
Father Michael Peterson
While saddened to hear of the death of Father Michael Peterson, I was pleased to read that he was not abandoned by his Archbishop. As a Catholic, I am ashamed when I read of some in the Catholic hierarchy who coldly dismiss those priests and brothers suffering with AIDS. Fortunately Archbishop Hickey realizes that a Catholic can also be a Christian.
James Smyth Jr.
Hooray for Toby Sanders. In reading the article on the original members of Oliver Stone's real-life platoon, a strong note of defeatism and self-pity came through in just about every story. Sanders was the only one to place responsibility for his problems squarely on his own shoulders, which is what all of us Nam vets must do if we are to make it. We can't spend the rest of our lives blaming society for our ills.
John G. McCoy
I was a Vietnam war baby and had no idea what went on during the war. It's about time somebody got their guts up and made a movie. I had no idea what the soldiers went through, and it's sad that our own country put our men through hell. I hope the politicians who were responsible for Vietnam know that they wasted and ruined the lives of thousands of men and gave thousands of others memories about the war that they will never be able to live with. I commend Oliver Stone and the rest of the Vietnam veterans for their service to our country, and I am glad they are finally being recognized.
I have not seen the movie Platoon. It's been over 20 years since my son's father was killed in Vietnam, and I still have not worked through the anger and frustration that was generated by his death. My sentiments are those of Andre Fontenelle. My son was deprived of his father for no good reason that I can determine. The anger never leaves you, the frustration is always present, and you say to yourself, "All those lives, all those fathers, sons, friends. What a horrible waste." I probably will see Platoon at some time or another, just as I have eventually seen and read anything and everything associated with that war. But probably as with each new movie, book or play, no answer is ever forthcoming, and the only answer I come up with is a question: Why?
Estella C. Shockley
Picks & Pans
As an admirer of Stephen King, I challenge Jeff Jarvis to pick up The Talisman or It and still tell me that TV viewers have better taste than readers. I would just as soon do away with my television set than get rid of my best-sellers.
Obviously Jeff Jarvis has a TV-brain mentality. We work in a public library and have read all three of his so-called "trasher" and "romancer" novelists. Sidney Sheldon, Danielle Steel and Stephen King are enjoyed by the majority of our readers, and there are always long waiting lists for all their books. We heartily disagree with his statement that "TV viewers have better tastes than readers." We'd like to challenge all book readers to voice their opinions. After all, it takes longer to learn how to read than to watch television.
Mono County Free Library
Jeff Jarvis apparently has no taste in best-sellers, as he referred to the list being filled with trashers and romancers and Stephen King. How dare he make the snide implication that King is a trashy writer! King is the best storyteller and writer this nation has ever been privileged to know. Tell Jeff to read It before he makes such rash judgments. Think about getting a new critic—one who knows something about literature.