updated 03/08/1982 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 03/08/1982 AT 01:00 AM EST
You've graced your cover with some of the world's most beautiful women, but the cover with Livvy on it (PEOPLE, Feb. 15) takes the cake.
New York City
Olivia always brought out the "animal in me," even during her so-called wholesome image days.
So what if Olivia Newton-John is seeing a guy 10 years younger than she is? More power to her. Do male actors ever get a cover story just because their girlfriends are 10, 20 or even 30 years younger? Of course not. It's juicy news when a woman does it, but a man is just considered more virile.
As a 1980 graduate of BJU, I would like my voice to be heard. It is unfortunate that you chose to interview an immature, disgruntled former student. The university's rules are set up only to help the students maintain a Christian testimony above reproach and create an atmosphere conducive to learning. The federal government has no right to choose between acceptable and unacceptable religious beliefs by taxing one and not the other. Our religious freedom is at stake.
Kay L. Capron
As a citizen who cherishes the principles enshrined in the Constitution, I respect the right of those who wish to exercise their religious freedom by attending Bob Jones University and similar schools. As a Christian, I object to attempts to cloak racial discrimination with the mantle of religion. As a taxpayer, I object to having my money used indirectly to subsidize racial discrimination by giving tax-exempt status to such institutions. Jones and his ilk would do well to remember Galatians 3:28: "There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus." Christ eagerly accepts all people into His kingdom without regard for distinctions; Dr. Jones accepts them on his campus only with great reluctance. I wonder if he expects heaven to be segregated?
John Van Wyk
It was nice to see the American ski team get some publicity. So little news appears outside of ski magazines and brief mentions on the sports page. Both Phil and his brother, Steve, should be admired not only for their personal triumphs over physical setbacks but also for their many victories on the World Cup circuit. By the way, you neglected to mention that their father, Dave, will be a part of this month's U.S. attempt to scale Mount Everest.
Whatever impression your photograph may have given, I was simply pursing my lips to say "What a good dog." I would never, as the caption said, blow up a dog's nose. Breathing gently down my nose is a greeting for horses that is potentially dangerous if applied to dogs. A dog would be insulted and might well respond with a bite.
Croxley Green, England
The pitiful, unsmiling picture of Christina Onassis gave me the same haunting feeling I get when I see photos of starving refugees. Because she is so rich Onassis is criticized because she is not happy. It's too bad that so many people think she should be happy just because she can buy nearly everything. She is a good example of the fact that money cannot buy happiness even if it can buy lovers or parasites.
All my sympathy goes to ABSCAM con man Mel Weinberg's wife, Marie, and her son, J.R. He certainly sounds like a poor excuse for a husband or father. Whether she committed suicide or not, I feel that she had more strength than most to put up with Weinberg for as long as she did.
Grand Rapids, Mich.
Melvin Van Peebles
Many thanks for your article on America's greatest theatrical genius, Melvin Van Peebles. It's true that his Broadway show Waltz of the Stork got terrible reviews, but remember that Cezanne, Stravinsky and James Joyce got similar critical treatment.
Not releasing Brainstorm would be a great injustice to Natalie Wood as well as to her family, friends, admirers and co-stars. Completing the film will be the finest possible tribute.
Your Lookout on Vicki Birdwell used words like "confined to a wheelchair" and "victim." Such words tend to reinforce the stereotype of the disabled as poor, helpless people. Ms. Birdwell is certainly not poor or helpless. Those of us who are disabled want to be treated in the same manner as those who are not. Someone who uses a wheelchair is simply a person in a wheelchair—a person with the same needs, desires and dreams as anyone else.
Deborah K. Phillips
Commissioner, Office on the Disabled Department of Welfare
City of St. Louis
It was Steve Yeager, not Steve Garvey, who was named co-MVP along with Pedro Guerrero and Ron Cey for the 1981 World Series. Garvey is a great player, but I'm a Yeager fan and I want him to get the credit he deserves.
For PEOPLE, no runs, no hits, one error. Our apologies to Mr. Yeager.