Some of us think that Roseanne Barr went too far this time—even for her (PEOPLE, Oct. 9). Her description of the all-night, all-day sexual romp with her lover and creating havoc in their hotel room was bad enough. Then she piled on more by telling us that they were thrown out of the deli and used a bathroom in a yogurt store to "do it." Earlier she said she felt she raised her kids in a dysfunctional family. If she really meant to "try to change and improve things," why did she let her impressionable children, and their friends, see this account of her behavior? Her book and the interview tell us a lot more about her. She is still funny, but she didn't have to stoop this low.
Roseanne Barr on the cover of two consecutive issues? Isn't that the first sign of the apocalypse?
Kenneth John Favata
Mount Vernon, N.Y.
From the sublime to the ridiculous: Cosby's fairyland fable of rich and sophisticated full-time working parents who can miraculously spend unlimited quality time with their beautiful and saccharine-sweet children and Roseanne Barr's no-class creation of a household where story lines revolve around bodily functions and mean-spirited wisecracks are traded back and forth among uneducated and unattractive slobs.
The only thing more pointless and a total waste of time than your publishing the tasteless memoirs of Roseanne Barr was my reading it. Shame on both of us.
Lucy B. Crosbie
In my opinion, Buck Thurman should spend the rest of his life behind bars. If our present criminal justice system does not provide for such a sentence, then his sentence of 20 years should mean 20 years—not 20 years suspended after 14 with five years probation and eligibility for parole after seven. One can only hope that the Connecticut State Parole Board will feel that the very thought of his release is as preposterous as I do.
Tracy E. Mickas
New York City
As a woman who watched her mother murdered by her father, I am livid after reading your article on battered women. I am continually ashamed of the archaic and sexist laws that govern the handling of physical abuse against women by husbands, ex-spouses and boyfriends. I am not a "bra-burning" feminist, but the lackadaisical attitude of the cop on call and the courts is indication enough that this country of ours still looks upon its female citizens as the property of men—to be used and abused at will.
After reading your article about Tracey Thurman and the other women who were attacked by their husbands, I had to ask why. As a survivor of such an attack (in 1983 I was shot four times by my husband with a .357 Magnum; he killed himself right afterward), I can't understand the unwillingness of the police and the legal system to protect women from a very real threat. I was talked out of getting a restraining order by an attorney, who called it "just a piece of paper." That attorney had to do some fast talking when he came to see me in the intensive-care unit.
Susan E. Eaton
Radio guru Bruce Williams is worth his weight in double coupons. And your descriptive adjective "avuncular" fits him like a glove—he is everybody's favorite uncle.
Santa Barbara, Calif.
JANE PAULEY & DEBORAH NORVILLE
When will NBC wake up and realize Jane Pauley, Willard Scott and John Palmer made the Today show? Several people from this area feel the same as I do—get rid of Bryant Gumbel.
America is not ready for two arrogant, contentious, overly ambitious and intense personalities so early in the morning. We need more of the gentility, warmth and charm of Jane Pauley and the humor of Willard Scott. I've already switched to Good Morning America.
Margaret V. Sowers
There are only a few bright, intelligent and attractive newswomen on the air today. ABC has most of them and NBC has one. I would hate to see the Today show lose its one redeeming quality.
Ellen Bridget Hennessey
Deborah Norville, although beautiful and talented, is not Jane Pauley. Pauley's intelligence and sophistication are worth waking up for. If NBC doesn't recognize her value, the viewers do and will follow her anywhere she's appreciated.