We enjoyed your article on Jane Wyman and the stars of Falcon Crest (PEOPLE, Oct. 18). Although my daughter and I follow the weekly intrigues of the California winery family with great interest, we call the show Sour Grapes.
Cyril T.M. Cameron
I applaud PEOPLE for taking such a firm stance on America's war against itself. All the posturing of the National Rifle Association and its allies cannot conceal the fact that the handgun death toll continues to rise while they intimidate a lot of gutless politicians and block every effort to end the senseless tragedies. Your article will go a long way toward alerting the public to the reality of our handgun obsession. Perhaps more communities will follow the lead of Morton Grove, Ill. and ban the damn things altogether.
Michael K. Beard
National Coalition to Ban Handguns
I was surprised to see yet another article against the constitutionally guaranteed right of law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms. The Founding Fathers insisted that this provision be included in the Bill of Rights in order to protect the individual from capricious or arbitrary government. Thomas Jefferson summed it up quite well when he stated: "...and what country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms."
22nd District, Texas
I find it ridiculous that James Brady is suing the companies which produced John Hinckley's RG 14 revolver. Should a hit-and-run victim be compensated by the company which made the car? Should a man stabbed with a butcher knife be awarded a settlement from the cutlery manufacturer? I think not. It is no different with guns. The fact is that there are those who will kill regardless of the tools that are available to them. Society does not need gun control, just people control.
Quick, let's string up John Hinckley's handgun. While we're at it, why don't we let all those other innocent criminals go free and just put their guns in jail?
Kevin J. Bernard
Kathleen J. Williams, 37, of Morgan-town, W.Va., was one of the 42 people included in your gallery of handgun victims for the 24-hour period beginning 6 a.m. Sept. 18. Jane was also the best friend I ever had. She was a decent, honest and loving person who did not deserve such a horrible death. I always thought of a handgun as something I would see only on TV, and I never imagined anyone I knew would be murdered with one. Now my special memories of Jane are overshadowed by thoughts of the terror she must have experienced before she was found shot in a car parked in a cemetery. I know life will never be the same for me or for those who loved Jane as a daughter, sister and aunt. It is difficult to understand the seriousness of the handgun problem until one has experienced this kind of grief. I don't have all the answers, but I hope there will be more probing articles like yours that give us pause to think, and perhaps give lawmakers cause to act.
Sarah E.W. Sees
St. Clairsville, Ohio
I have never heard of anything as sick and evil as Robert Graham's sperm bank in Escondido, Calif., where a woman can conceive a child by participating in the most unnatural science. If there is a hell, all of the people involved in this creation of little Frankenstein's monsters will surely find it.
Robert Kenneth Brown, Jr.
East Point, Ga.
Your interview with Jehan Sadat filled me with hope. Anwar Sadat's assassination one year ago saddened and terrified me so much, I just sat in front of the TV and cried. Thank God, the feelings of love, hope and compassion the Egyptian President represented did not die with him. Jehan, you are not alone. You have many friends in the world who are anxious to carry on your husband's dream of peace.
Garden Grove, Calif.
Thank you for your article on the reunion of 11 Amerasian children from Vietnam with their American relatives. I am 16 years old and was reminded of how fortunate I am to have parents I can kiss and hug every day. I must applaud these families. I have never read of such abiding love and faith.
Judith A. Woodward
I was a rock music junkie until Bill Browder, alias T.G. Sheppard, turned me on to country music. I feel it was a travesty that he was overlooked by the Country Music Association when it gave out its annual awards recently. As you said in your article, "It's just hard to take seriously a fellow whose initials are meaningless." Nevertheless, his fans know T.G. really stands for "The Greatest."
El Paso, Texas
Picks & Pans
Your review of a counter-censorship exhibit sponsored by the American Library Association's Office of Intellectual Freedom (PEOPLE, April 26) contained an erroneous statement: "In Oil City, Pa., the school board members didn't just ban John Steinbeck's classic Of Mice and Men. They burned it." In fact, Of Mice and Men is in the Oil City High School library. The school board did not ban the book, nor did it ever discuss the issue.
Superintendent of Schools
Oil City Area District
We regret the error. Of Mice and Men was actually banned by the nearby Allegheny-Clarion Valley school district.