After reading your article, my thought was, so let them do their own thing, be it ballet or voicing political beliefs different from their father's (PEOPLE, July 21). Whose kids today aren't doing the same? Just remember, fellow Americans, you are voting for the man, not his kids or his relatives.
Any man who shows so little regard for his own flesh and blood (Mike and Maureen) is not fit to be President. Imagine what little concern he will show for all of us strangers.
I enjoyed your article on my family. However, I did not write the song One of These Nights. The song that Bernie Leadon and I wrote was called I Wish You Peace, and it was on the album One of These Nights.
Pacific Palisades, Calif.
Gerre Hancock of St. Thomas in New York is truly one of the finest musicians working in the church today. Being exposed to this man in action, either directing his choir or performing the great masterworks for the organ from memory, is an unforgettable experience. I am sure that the thousands of musicians working in churches join me in thanking you for placing church music in the mainstream of our culture, which is where it belongs.
Jack D. Miller
Director of Music & Arts
Calvary Presbyterian Church
You say Catherine Bach performs her own stunts in Dukes of Hazzard. This is not true. Actors in Hazzard are forbidden to do any stunt work. They, have stunt doubles who step in for anything more dangerous than low-speed driving.
William K. Sharpe
The stars of Dukes leave the serious stunt work like "flying" their car, General Lee, to the pros. But Bach does some of the less hairy stunts, including a "180" (braking at high speed so the car whips around 180°).
Bless Kenny Rogers' heart! I've been following Kim Carnes for over a year and a half and couldn't be happier about her commercial success. She and her husband, Dave Ellingson, are incredible songwriters.
Menken & Trussell
I am not a Princeton scholar, but I take issue with Prof. Jane Menken's statement that no one wins by the Supreme Court's decision concerning the Hyde Amendment. The babies who will be born to the women who cannot obtain Medicaid abortions (60,000 a year) will be the winners. Their prize? Life.
I don't think men have any right to discuss abortion, let alone pass bills against it. Who the hell carries that kid around for nine months! And that's only the beginning. How about making birth control and contraceptives less hush-hush? How about freedom of choice? I want my children to have the best, which means being born when I want them.
As one who has taught and studied yoga for several years, I was delighted to see your article on Yaphet Kotto and his discovery of meditation through the Self-Realization Fellowship. However, I have one criticism. You have a photograph of Kotto sitting in a meditative posture with his eyes closed which you captioned "brooding before his shrine." A true student of meditation does not brood. The mind of a person in the state of meditation is serene and yet dynamically alert.
Walter L. Lowe Jr.
You say that Thomas Murton, the real "Brubaker," is still unable to find a job in the prison system. What a waste. I am an employee in a prison, and reform is taking place, but the coverups are still present. If only all of our prison officials were like Murton—character and truth above all. But then look where it gets you!
You should wade through one of Taylor Caldwell's "popular romances" sometime. Caldwell laces her books with complex commentaries on the political, military, socioeconomic and religious atmospheres prevalent in her time/location settings. The intricate details she provides are indicative of thorough research. To reduce her works to a term so shallow as "popular romance" is literary blasphemy.
If you would look past the makeup and really listen to the music, you would find out what great musicians Kiss really are. Ah, but I guess you can't teach an old rag new tricks.
Hackett as Groucho
You mean that someone is planning a remake of Groucho's show You Bet Your Life! Is nothing sacred! Buddy Hackett should know better.
By writing that article about the volcanic ash in Portland (PEOPLE, July 7), you are contributing to our city's loss of vacationers and conventions. Well, the masks are gone now, the Environmental Protection Agency lifted an air pollution warning, and things are back to normal despite the latest eruptions. Mount St. Helens is 40 miles northeast of Portland and the wide Columbia River is between us, so there isn't any danger of lava flowing down the streets.
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