Charles & Diana
After reading your article on Charles and Di's marriage woes (PEOPLE, NOV. 9), I say, "What's the big deal?" My husband and I have been happily married for eight years, and we certainly have different interests. You couldn't pay me to get up at 6 a.m. on a Saturday to play golf, and my husband would rather go to the dentist than spend an hour at the mall. Just because people have different interests doesn't mean they can't stand to be with one another. In fact, it often makes what they do share more special. All relationships go through changes. I only hope that Charles and Di can work through this and salvage their marriage for the sake of their family and country.
Jenny Carroll
Crestview Hills, Ky.

Charles too old for Diana? He's too old for me, and I'm 57.
Mrs. T.J. Masterson
Norwich, Conn.

I, like many other PEOPLE readers, enjoy the attention you so frequently lavish on Charles and Di. They are a highly intriguing and glamorous couple. But having been extremely familiar with the heartache and hell of a bad marriage, I think it deplorable that you put Charles and Di's domestic "discontent" under a microscope. Call me what you will, but I do not enjoy the misery of other people.
Lorrayne Davis
Des Plaines, Ill.

The couple have only been together under the same roof four times in six weeks? Charles has been passing his time fishing, hunting and communing with nature? I suggest this behavior is hardly cause for concern and gossip. Ask thousands of wives across the country what their husbands are doing from the opening day of deer season in mid-August through elk, bear, antelope, squirrel and turkey seasons, and I suspect you will find many of us living as the Waleses do—quite contentedly. I recommend waiting until the peak hunting/fishing season passes before assessing the condition of the royal union. There are at least three weeks between duck and salmon season during which most happily married hunters are home. Unless, of course, they haven't filled their wild pig quota.
Melinda A. Brubaker
San Mateo, Calif.

Perhaps if Charles had ignored the monarchy's archaic insistence on his marrying a "young virgin," all this un-happiness could have been avoided. Surely somewhere in Britain's peerage/upper-class system a suitable, mature woman with tastes similar to Charles's could have been located. Even with a "past," a real lady could have handled the press with sophistication and discretion. If England wants a modern king someday, it should not have demanded that his selection of a mate meet 19th-century standards.
Beverly Kirkman
Raleigh, N.C.

Bruce Rosenbaum
No thank you very much for the article on peanut butter wrestling. Mud wrestling is bad enough, but at least it doesn't waste food. Rosenbaum says, "There's not enough fun in the world." How about not enough food? Think of how many starving people could eat for months on the food these people are wasting. They should consider donating this food instead of wallowing in it.
Lynn Bernhagen
Houston

Barry Manilow
Thanks for the long overdue, suprisingly nice article about Barry Manilow. I stopped buying your magazine a long time ago because of your unfavorable remarks about him. Hopefully, this is a turning point for you. According to you he's back, but to his many fans he was always there.
Sondra E. Fertig
Harrisburg, Pa.

Kudos to you for the enlightening article on Barry Manilow. Despite the personal tragedy that occupied his heart and his thoughts during a hectic 10-city book tour, Mr. Manilow still greeted thousands of people with the same warmth that he has shared with millions through his music for over a decade. Edna Manilow has a lot to be proud of—this Brooklyn boy's got class.
Lynn Hinds
Joplin, Mo.

In response to Barry Manilow's one regret of "not having a kid," he can have mine. He's 15 years old, not blond or blue-eyed, but ready for a super dad that I think Barry could be. Oh, there's just one catch, I come with the deal.
Sandi Freeman
Rialto, Calif.

Barry Manilow has gotten me through many a crisis. Glad to see he made it through his. His book is comfortable, sort of like a letter from a long-lost friend. We fans have watched Barry grow up before our eyes, and it's been well worth the wait.
Ann M. Bauer
Marion, Ohio

Brian Batey
Thank you for the heartwarming article on Brian Batey and his struggle to live his life in a loving, supportive home. His father and lover sound like very special men who have given "their son" a place where he is free to be himself. I sympathize with Brian over the loss of his father and hope the courts do justice and allow Brian to remain with the man who loves him, just as he is—a beautiful young man.
Lori Wolfson
Chicago

Two weeks ago the court decided that Brian should remain in the custody of Craig Corbett.—ED