04/27/1981 at 01:00 AM EDT
When I picked up the April 6 issue of PEOPLE with Catherine Bach on the cover, I thought it was going to be an article on another brainless poster queen. Instead, I found a classy lady with a lot on the ball. Thank you, Cathy, for breaking the stereotype.
Yuck. Was your cover on Cathy Bach a draft for her next pinup? I was so embarrassed by that tease that I rolled the magazine under my arm and dashed out of the bookstore. But thanks for your article. I always wondered if she was as much a cartoon as she appeared. It was as I suspected.
Hooray for tax revolter Dean Hazel! We need about 500,000 more people with the courage of Mr. Hazel. I added up all my taxes last year and they total about 40 percent of my income. This is too damn much. Even our church only asks for 10 percent.
Kansas City, Mo.
Elio Fiorucci says that he sells no clothes larger than size 10 in order to "prevent ugly girls from showing off their bad figures." I would like Mr. Fiorucci to take a long look in the mirror. How can we prevent ugly men from showing off their badly designed clothes?
Manhattan Beach, Calif.
I strongly object to David Rice's limited definition of dual-career couples. He believes that the "traditional" wife who stays home and later goes out to find work is looking for her career. What about the woman who stays home and considers that her career?
After nine years of teaching, I am using my teaching credentials and master's degree to remain with my 2½-year-old and 4-month-old. I believe that, as a NOW supporter, it is my right and decision to devote my career to my children. I have an "equal" marriage with my husband and do not "defer" to him because of his money-making "power." How dare David Rice insinuate that I, along with millions of other full-time mothers, do not have "significant careers."
My mother is a teacher. My father owns his own business. For 20 years they have been dual-career parents. There are other names that apply to such parents: selfish, self-centered and shortsighted! Couples should decide what's more important, having kids or two careers. You can't do both and have both turn out well. My children won't suffer what I did. They may not have all the material gifts that come as bribes to quiet a guilt complex, but they will have me.
Glad to see your story on Blanche Baker. I had the pleasure of seeing her as Lolita for the first time on March 21 and found that I had to see it at least once more. Ms. Baker's performance was excellent, and I was actually hypnotized by her style and beauty.
New York City
If awards were given out for the most outrageously ridiculous and untimely quotations of the latter half of the 20th century, the winner hands down would be Larry Hagman. Son of one of our most memorable actresses, Larry Hagman proudly applauds daughter Heidi's pursuit of art as well as acting, "especially since a woman's life as an actress is very short. All they want you for is T-and-A, and you outgrow that." I wonder what his mom, plus such long-standing female greats as Katharine Hepburn and Bette Davis, would say to that? Watch out, Larry. The way I see it, your J.R.'s showin', darlin'.
So Minnie Mitgang, the process server, "saved" two children from their father! It seems that many persons in our society feel that, after a divorce, the children should be "saved" from their own father! Yet I was shocked to find such a sexist, cruel statement. Fathers now have few rights, but I hope that will change soon.
Bowling Green, Ohio
I saw Miss Taylor's opening night in Florida and this lady can really act! She also looks gorgeous! Liz Taylor is just about the only real star left.
Jimmie Jean Jackson
Grand Canyon Burros
Cleveland Amory's mission of love to save the Grand Canyon burros was very heartwarming, and it made me feel ashamed for all the times I felt strongly about an issue but never acted on it, relying instead on the old platitude "You can't fight city hall."
The rescue of wild burros in the Grand Canyon certainly makes a dramatic contrast with the wholesale murder of 647 burros at the Naval Weapons Center in China Lake, Calif. Herded by helicopters, they were shot indiscriminately—young or old, male or female, pregnant or not—without considering an alternative.
A spokesman for the Naval Weapons Center says that because of a burgeoning population of some 5,000 burros, "two emergency reduction programs" were necessary "to lessen the strong possibility of a burro-and-aircraft collision here on the runway. "Burro advocates in the courts have won a moratorium until a long-term solution can be negotiated. Cleveland Amory, who is crusading to save these burros too, observes, "The Navy seems to have three problems: Russia, Iran and the burro, but not necessarily in that order."