12/07/1981 at 01:00 AM EST
Liz & Luke & Laura
Speaking as one of 14 million addicts, I must say Liz Taylor's eagerness to appear on General Hospital (PEOPLE, Nov. 16) proves that daytime TV is no longer considered of lesser caliber than prime-time programming. Established acting names are popping up more and more on daytime shows.
I wonder about John (Dr. Steve Hardy) Beradino's suggestion that Luke's and Laura's demise might be welcomed by "some cast members who feel neglected." Sounds to me as if he's just a tad jealous. Genie Francis and Tony Geary are two of the best actors on daytime TV. If they leave the show, don't be surprised, Dr. Hardy, when the ratings go down, down, down.
Union Springs, N.Y.
Sen. Jeremiah Denton
Sen. Jeremiah Denton and others like him presume to know what God wants for all of us, and they believe that our political process should be used to impose His will on all Americans. Thank God, we have a Bill of Rights to prevent these theocrats from meddling in every aspect of our private lives.
Plaudits to Sen. Jeremiah Denton for his concern for the good old U.S.A. and the issues facing every family. Perhaps if more people realized that self-discipline and responsibility enhance individuality rather than threaten it, a welcome side effect might be a decrease in the epidemic proportions of social diseases rampant in the land.
Dr. Vincent DeVita Jr.
With all the criticism being directed at the National Cancer Institute right now, I thank PEOPLE for presenting a positive article on Dr. Vincent DeVita and the institute. I have a personal interest in NCI because my father spent a good part of this year as a patient there. He died last month after a 10-month battle with pancreatic cancer. Despite the devastating outcome of his illness, I feel that he could not have received better care anywhere. The staff is dedicated and incredibly compassionate.
New York City
Where but in America would a scientist like Dr. Vincent DeVita, who has dedicated his life to finding a cure for cancer, earn $60,000 a year while an actor like Tony Geary, whose sole function is to amuse, earns $200,000?
Virginia A. Noceti
Chemotherapy may be hell, but it is not useless as so many people claim. My father died of Hodgkin's disease, but because of chemotherapy treatments he died when I was 20 and not when I was 12, as the doctors had first estimated. Those eight years made an incredible difference to me.
Lisa Mills Walters
Picks & Pans
I didn't mind so much your review of my book Streisand: The Woman and the Legend until I got to the word "silly." I could handle "gushing" and "praise-packed"—I admit to being a fan, and the book was meant to celebrate Barbra's talents. But I'm also a journalist, and I think the book's interviews with people like Vincente Minnelli, Robert Redford and Garson Kanin give a rare glimpse behind the scenes of Streisand's career. Does a book have to be cynical and scandal-tinged not to be silly?
Referring to Tom Verlaine's latest album, Dreamtime, your reviewer stated, "Now that we have the smooth pop of Christopher Cross, Verlaine seems merely adrift and a little desperate." This is analogous to saying, "Now that we have the jiggly stupidity of Three's Company, shows like M*A*S*H and Taxi seem a little, uh, cerebral."
New York City
Reading your article about Joan Collins and her daughter reminded me of an 11-year-old who came into our hospital in a coma after a car accident. Life-support systems and numerous operations helped, but I can honestly say that her mother and father who stood by her side day and night for a month were the real miracle that saved her. Karen is now back in school full-time, walking and smiling. I thank those parents for their love; without it Karen would not be alive today.
Phyllis and David York
I came into contact with the Yorks and their Toughlove five years ago when I was 17. At that time they were involved with the problems between my parents and myself. The Yorks were very effective in shortstopping any reconciliation attempts in our family. They insisted that, since I had run away, I should never be allowed back unless I accepted the terms the Yorks laid down.
The Yorks prey on troubled parents. Their methods turn a home into a battleground and a family into opposing armies. Why must love be made "tough"? Can't love be left alone? Natural, honest love is good enough for me. This article brought back confusion, bitterness and pain.
Donna Weiss Foster
The Yorks reply: "We're sorry that she perceived her experience with us that way. We don't tell parents how to behave, and we don't turn homes into battlegrounds. By the time families come to us, their homes are already battlegrounds."
My husband and I owe Phyllis and David York so much. Their philosophy encouraged us to face our problems with our teenage girls. After using Tough-love, we again have a beautiful 19-year-old girl who is loving and sweet. She went into a drug-and-alcohol rehabilitation program because we said, "Clean up your act or don't come around anymore." Now our 16-year-old is in a rehabilitation program. Without Toughlove, we might now be picking our girls' bodies out of the gutter.