Cheers had an energy level few series ever achieve and came closer than any series to Shakespearean-style romantic comedy. Unfortunately most future TV writers will never figure out its simple "secrets," and we will all suffer for it.
STEVEN SIFERD, Alpine, Calif.
I agree that the writers of Cheers were smart and witty, but because the emphasis was almost always on the sexual exploits of Sam Malone, I believe this was probably one of the most detrimental programs on network TV. I would like to recommend that the entire staff and crew be assigned to six weeks' community service in a pregnancy crisis center
CONNIE ANDERSON, Maryville, Tenn.
Every day you read about carjackings, robberies, child abuse and murders. Then you pick up PEOPLE and read about Tony and Claire Maglica and say, "Thank you, God, I can believe in miracles again!" I'm keeping that article by my bedside, so when I think I'm having a bad day and start feeling sorry for myself, I can jolt myself back to reality.
LYNNE KOFFEL, Seal Beach, Calif.
How wonderful to read about a millionaire who uses his wealth for something besides collecting villas, sports cars and sex partners.
KATHLEEN MALLEY, Dallas
As I listened to the news of the deaths of the West Memphis boys, my son was celebrating his 8th birthday by riding his bicycle to his favorite wooded hideout down the street. I ran and brought him home and am still afraid to let him play there. I will never understand a world in which innocents can die in such a horrendous way. I pray for all of us.
CATHERINE WICKER, Paragould, Ark.
"Monstrous evil" cannot begin to describe the inhuman acts committed in West Memphis, Ark. Whoever—or should I say whatever—could do this to anyone, let alone three children, does not deserve a judicial system. Can this community "struggle to understand the evil"? The only understanding to be realized from this act is the understanding of watching the killer writhe in pain as electricity flows through him. Or better yet, let the parents have him!
ED WILLIAMS, West Grove, Pa.
As a sophomore at the University of Notre Dame, I was wondering if Dennis Jay is a Notre Dame fan or a Notre Dame student? Putting the picture of him wearing a Notre Dame hat and sweatshirt in your article on fraternity hazing degrades the integrity of a university that prides itself on remaining fraternity-and sorority-free. I think an apology is in order.
SCOTT PALUMBO, Phoenix
No denigration of Notre Dame was intended. Dennis Jay lives in South Bend, Ind., where the university is located, and is a Notre Dame fan.
Boy, are you people naive! So the responsibility lies with the universities? What about the participants? If they haven't the brains to know that these are stupid and immature activities, whose fault is that? Most of these twits leave for college just panting to join a fraternity and party. When the experience turns sour, they look for somewhere to place blame instead of standing up and saying, "Gee, I was really stupid."
LAURA ALLEN, Granger, Ind.
Several years ago when my husband was initiated into a fraternity at a college in Georgia, I was appalled at the condition he was in the next day. This fraternity kept the pledges out all night in the woods in minimal clothing. Each fraternity "brother" took turns punching the pledges in the chest or directly over the heart as hard as he could. Firecrackers were placed on their feet, necks, chests and groins. If a fraternity is supposed to be a boy's link into adulthood and the formation of lasting friendships, I think a boy would be better off going to the state pen and finding friends there.
NAME WITHHELD, St. Augustine, Fla.
SHERRY ANNETTE JOHNSON
I am a dental assistant, and while I am sympathetic to Sherry Johnson and the others who contracted HIV from Dr. Acer, I am fed up with the constant questions from people who want to have mandatory testing for health-care workers. We in the dental profession sterilize, drape, wrap, sanitize, scrub, disinfect, wear gloves, goggles and protective clothing. The next time you're in a restaurant, ask if you can view the kitchen. I guarantee that they are not nearly as clean or caring as we are, yet we constantly get the bad press.
C. KEENE, Marietta, Ga.
Correspondents were moved by the kindness of Tony and Claire Maglica and their rescue of wounded 12-year-old Sead Bekric from Bosnia (PEOPLE, May 24). They were outraged, in equal measure, by the murder of three-year-old hoys in West Memphis, Ark.