The story on Stan Dragoti really touched me (PEOPLE, July 30). Perhaps it was because the hurt and pain were so easy to understand. Some-times when we are faced with problems that are too complicated for the mind to handle, we behave irrationally. I hope Cheryl realizes that her husband loves her very much.
Missouri City, Texas
Instead of getting time, these movie stars get sympathy and testimonials from their fellow movie stars. BUNK!
Were every man or woman who committed a crime to "kill the pain" not sentenced, we would have one fine form of justice!
Your article on the whales was touching indeed, but wasn't there a way to spare at least some of these mammals? Couldn't some type of harness be developed to enable tugboats to save the day?
Albert T. Feeney Jr.
"Impossible, "says Oregon State's Dr. Bruce Mate. "It was a shallow, sloping beach, half a mile wide. There was no way to get that amount of cable from boat to beach. And it would have been like trying to drag a garage. We thought of digging channels, but the equipment was not available. A heavy-duty Sikorsky helicopter could possibly have lifted some of the smaller animals back into the water. That would have cost $4,000 to $5,000 just for it to come across the state. There was no money. I think the next time we'll be better prepared."—ED.
Your article is a rehash of the same old canards about me that have appeared in other publications. I do not propose that people head for the hills with dehydrated food and an arsenal of guns. I advocate moving one's investments from the big cities to the small towns, and I don't like guns. I did buy some rifles for hunting about a year ago but never got around to learning how to use them. Besides, I'm not expecting any "starving hordes." I'm preparing my clients for a few bad years, not the end of the world.
Howard J. Ruff
San Ramon, Calif.
I'm inclined to believe much of what Howard Ruff says. But he failed to indicate in his "Tips for Rough Times" the size bag, denomination and amount the silver coins should be.
Fort Myers, Fla.
In his book, Ruff says the "basic survival coins are American dimes, quarters and halves minted prior to 1965." They are available from coin dealers. A $1,000 bag contains 715-725 ounces of silver, which is now worth about $6,580. "I recommend," Ruff concludes, "that you buy one bag for each member of the family."—ED.
I can understand why Italian designer Giorgio Armani says, "I'm terrified every time I start a new collection." His "unstructured" (rumpled is more like it) designs are ugly.
North Royalton, Ohio
Every time Paul McCartney releases an album, I say, "Ah, this is his best." It goes double this time with his Back to the Egg, which shows there's nothing McCartney can't do. His accomplishments (among them, leading a near-normal life) are incredible, and his creative energy insures there will be more.
Dr. Tom Dooley
I worked with Tom Dooley as a surgical consultant in Asia in 1960 and I know for a fact he was not a paid agent for the CIA. It is equally a fact that he freely gave the CIA and other American authorities any information that might have been helpful to our country's interest. All of us were proud to be of whatever help possible. Many others—the IVS volunteers, the doctors and nurses of Operation Brotherhood, church missionaries, businessmen, journalists and even tourists—also provided information to the CIA.
Verne Chaney, M.D.
The Dooley Foundation/INTERMED
New York City
Ms. Spencer notwithstanding, female breasts are a basic part of human anatomy and no more offensive than a man's chest. Why must we continue to be ashamed of them?
Santa Cruz, Calif.