04/02/1979 at 01:00 AM EST
Your "Hot Lips" cover should result in a rush to the Army recruitment centers across the country (PEOPLE, March 12).
William D. Nueske
Though "Runyon-esque," I'm also respected enough in the Hollywood community for my judgment of talent and taste to want the record set straight. I first saw Ms. Swit in Las Vegas playing in Mame. Afterward I went backstage not only to compliment her on her performance as the best "Gooch" I had ever seen, but also to urge her to come to California. When she did, I sent her up for a role in Gunsmoke less than a day after her arrival which, contrary to your story, indicates the enthusiasm I had for Ms. Swit's talents.
Loretta Swit says the annual seal hunt is "a tragedy." Would it be any less of a tragedy to put hundreds of people out of work in an already economically depressed area of Canada? I was quite surprised to hear such a self-righteous attitude in such a warm, caring person.
Swit replies: "In no way do these sealers depend on the annual slaughter for their livelihood. Some make as little as $30 for the four weeks. The skins are processed in Norway, where the unemployment rate is one percent."—ED.
I congratulate you on your story but your headline, "Lettuce Rots and a Man Dies..." must have been written by the growers' high-priced public relations man. A more accurate title would be "Young Farm Worker Murdered."
Father Charles Kyle
Our Lady of Lourdes
I hope you will soon publish a grower's account of the terrible happenings perpetrated by the United Farm Workers. The vandalism and injury that have been condoned in the name of strike activity are intolerable. Don't be fooled by Cesar's peaceful facade and "influential friends."
Apparently a bankrupt grower crying in a field of decaying lettuce doesn't make good copy. Chalk up another one for the bleeding hearts of America!
El Centro, Calif.
James T. Farrell
In your excellent article on author Farrell, I was struck by the offhand reference to the 1960 film version of Studs Lonigan. I saw it recently and found it riveting and intense, but critically undermined by a ludicrously inept protrayal of Studs. On the other hand, two other "unknowns" who played Studs' cohorts—Frank Gorshin and Jack Nicholson—were just fine.
Renée D. Pennington
East Elmhurst, N.Y.
Must you always name drop? You had Jane Fonda saying she gets high on the good vibes of the Doobie Brothers. So do a lot of other people—like, for instance, me!
It scares and depresses me to see humanity reflected on our movie screens in such exploitive garbage as The Warriors. I'm all for realism in films, but the glorification of violence as a justified and desirable life-style is obscene and disgusting.
New York City
Critics may put down Robert Logan's movies, but I've never left a theater after viewing one of them without feeling happy and content with life.
Picks & Pans
Regarding your skeptical comments on The Late Great Planet Earth: Boy, are you in for a surprise!
Your article on zoologist Roger Payne and the singing humpback whales was reassuring. I admire the fact that he has devoted 12 years to the study of the baleen whales. If we are to conserve our marine mammals, people must become more aware of the drastic problem we have not only with whales but with all cetaceans. Awareness is the key. As Payne said, "... nature transcends man. We're not the stars of the show, just walk-ons."
Ft. Collins, Colo.