updated 07/13/1981 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 07/13/1981 AT 01:00 AM EDT
Thank you for the beautiful cover and wonderful article on Lady Diana and the upcoming royal wedding (PEOPLE, June 22). In these times of consistent bad news you've given us romantics of the world a chance to lean back and dream about a real-life fairy tale.
If Lady Di is in a "royal tizzy," then I am in a common rage. Where is the nobility of a marriage celebration that costs millions of dollars?
Linda Donald Harris
North Hollywood, Calif.
I'll tell you what a royal pain is—being misled by a respected publication like yours. "Lady Diana...the wedding gowns (all 6 of them!)," you say on your cover. You imply, by calling it a "sneak preview," that we will see pictures of the six gowns. I call it a sneak preview all right—sneak it right on by.
Carolyne B. Herring
PEOPLE apologizes to readers who were misled by our cover. We meant only that we were previewing the wedding plans—including the fact that six wedding gowns were being readied. We did not intend to deceive.
I hope PEOPLE cover girl Lady Diana will learn to hold her pretty head up. Otherwise, her crown may fall off.
Poor Lady Di! She may well be the future Queen of England, but right now she seems to be a spectator at her own wedding. She's a needed element, of course, but so are pawns in a chess game. As for me, I know I could never survive the thousand and one things, large and small, that she must learn in order to marry her Prince Charming.
James Fallows is a confessed draft dodger. His admission of having no military training and experience gives him as much credibility and expertise in national defense as a baboon has in computer programming. With nine years of active-duty service behind me, I feel that I—as well as all veterans and the U.S. military establishment—have earned the right to be free from such ill-informed, hypocritical rantings.
Maj. Kenneth Walters, M.D.
U.S. Army Ret.
My son is a member of the all-volunteer Army and he is neither poor nor badly educated. Just because a man doesn't attend college is no reason to assume he can't fire a weapon and defend his country. I feel James Fallows owes all the men who joined the service an apology.
I was disgusted to read James Best's comment: "Most of the Dukes of Hazzard's critics have never been down South, and have no idea what the sense of humor is there." If those critics did come down here, would they find women clad in low-necked shirts? Moonshine runners? Blue ticks (hounds) yowling at the moon? Brainless police officers who giddy along like they belong in Tuscaloosa? I hope our humor is better than that.
Mark David Chapman
When are you going to wake up and stop giving space to murderers, terrorists and other criminals? You elevate these creeps to the status of celebrities and this in turn sparks the same ideas in other people with perverted minds who feel the need for recognition. You have the power of the press but along with it comes responsibility.
Regarding your article on Mark Chapman: Why? And who really are the guilty ones—those who pull the trigger, or those who glorify those that pull the trigger?
I, for one, am sick and tired of going through the ordeal of seeing a prominent figure maimed or killed and then being asked to share the responsibility because I, as a member of society, did not mollycoddle some deranged madman in every endeavor he undertook or situation he ever faced in life. Society did not fail Chapman. He failed himself.
Kenneth L. Broz
Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
The English measuring system which we Americans have inherited has the most insane, anachronistic sets of standards imaginable. And as bad as our linear measures are, those dealing with volume are even worse. For example, there is no relationship between a dry bushel, a gallon and a cord. Add to that the fact that our system of weights for foodstuffs, metals and pharmaceuticals uses three different standards. Thus an ounce of sugar, an ounce of gold and an ounce of belladonna are all different. Your anti-metric article may have been written tongue in cheek, but my letter certainly is not.
Fernando E. Pérez Peña
I, for one, feel the same as Mr. Leslie. In Canada we have had the metric system shoved down our throats and, like it or not, we have no recourse but to use it. As a mother of children 9 and 12, I find it difficult trying to help them with their homework or to even keep abreast of their heights and weights. After using one measuring system for more than 30 years, I am now having to make this switch because of bureaucracy. Let's hope you Yanks have more of a say in your government.
Regarding your story on Marilyn Peterson's new Athlete's Cookbook which includes my taco recipe, I do have one comment to add: Remember, in Texas everything is bigger, and a Texas teaspoon of chili powder is not your average teaspoon. I suggest that you season to your taste.
Kyle Rote Jr.