Most correspondents applauded our choice of Denzel Washington as the Sexiest Man Alive (PEOPLE, July 29), citing everything from his intellect to his legs as qualifications. But there was also a large contingent who wanted to see last year's choice, Brad Pitt, as the permanent Sexiest Man. Among other vote-getters: George Clooney, Matt Lauer, Jimmy Smits, Alec Baldwin, Paul Newman, Keanu Reeves, George Strait, numerous husbands and boyfriends—and even one reader who voted for himself.

DENZEL WASHINGTON
I knew if I waited you would eventually select the one man who makes women of all races exhale! Whew!
JAKKI ROSS, Baltimore

Finally you acknowledge that African-American men are sexy. As a Chicagoan and Bulls fan, I had hoped that Michael Jordan would be the first, but Denzel will do just fine.
RUTH WAGNER, Chicago

At last you have chosen a Sexiest Man Alive who really is. Oh, my. Oh, yes.
HADLEY FITZGERALD
Dana Point, Calif.

Call me old-fashioned, but what is sexy about a married man who hasn't been perfect? Although Denzel Washington says he loves his wife and children above all others, that is no excuse for allowing infidelity. My husband may not be rich or famous, but he's faithful, and that is sexy.
TRACI SAVIDGE, Laguna Beach, Calif.

'Fess up. The only reason Brad Pitt was not named the Sexiest Man Alive again was because he declined and Mr. Washington was your second choice.
JULIE ANDREWS, Dallas

PROF. DAVID PROTESS
The success of Professor Protess and his students in clearing the four men accused of murder should provide a clear message about the death penalty. Yes, prosecutors, jurors and judges will make mistakes. We live in an imperfect world inhabited by imperfect people whose decisions are often influenced by emotions and gut feelings. As support of the death penalty has become an important political litmus test, we should institute changes in courts. I would suggest each juror sitting on capital trials be provided with a short summary of this saga.
HANNA HILL, Irvine, Calif.

PRINCESS DIANA
Simply by bearing the two children, Diana has done more work for the monarchy than her layabout husband. I hope that while Charles and Camilla continue their discussions of feminine hygiene, Diana finds herself a new life with a real man. That would be her best revenge on the crumbling House of Windsor.
MARIE STRICKEORD
Long Beach, Calif.

If I'm to choose a corner, it would have to be Charles's. Over the years this strictly raised prince has borne tremendous humiliation just because he's not the young and pretty one. Di knew the rules, and she's a lot better off than before she married him.
JANET BEECH, Claremont, Calif.

Princess Diana getting $23 million and her jewels and getting rid of Charles all at the same time? Sounds like a good deal to me!
NAME WITHHELD

I love my husband. However, for 23 million bucks plus, I would be willing to get divorced, and I wouldn't be
insulted.
JUDIE PANZER, Las Vegas

Diana's major crime was marrying a man who admits he never loved her. If the Queen feels like revoking titles, she might start with her spoiled and superfluous eldest son. The only throne he's fit to occupy is in the loo!
ALISON VANDERBROOK, Miami Beach

IMELDA MARCOS
In featuring Imelda Marcos you have done a great disservice to the Filipino people who were victimized by the Marcos dictatorship and [shown] too that crime does pay.
IDA M. TIONGCO, M.D.
New York City

If a person sells their country's secrets, they can be hanged. But if a person steals their country's money they are treated as minigods. Imelda Marcos lives on a glorious estate worth millions, while the people live on the streets. She states she did not steal. She certainly didn't earn that much. If you steal from your people it is a form of treason, and you should be dealt with as a traitor.
B. HERBON, Dixon, Ill.

PASSAGES
You had a perfect opportunity to strike a blow for decency; however, you chose to take the low road. Michael Irvin was given a full-page photo and story for being an out-of-control, spoiled athlete. Kirby Puckett warranted only 13 lines in Passages. Kirby is an excellent role model for young people. He accepted his vision problems and subsequent forced retirement [from the Minnesota Twins] with grace and dignity. He deserved more coverage than Irvin.
MARYJO CUNNINGHAM
Maplewood, Minn.