updated 12/20/1982 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 12/20/1982 AT 01:00 AM EST
Reading the De Lorean diary (PEOPLE, Nov. 29), my heart was touched by the closeness of this family. It's time that we listened to their side of the story. They have shown the world that they have more than fancy houses and cars—they have love.
What a sad story Cristina De Lorean had to tell. It's such a shame that poor little Zachary won't own a part of the New York Yankees. And can you imagine having to put up three of your homes for bail? What will the neighbors say? But worst of all, having your American Express Gold Card canceled. Gasp! By the way, how much did PEOPLE pay the priest who runs the breadline for his story?
Thomas J. Gurnick
Love and wifely loyalty cross all boundaries, legal and otherwise. Cristina De Lorean finds her family and her elegant life-style shattered by charges that her arrogant husband attempted to commit a heartless crime—and she still loves him. Great. But does she sincerely expect those who have been saved from his bold attempt to flood the public with drugs to be sympathetic? How supportive would she be of a common criminal who was caught attempting to push cocaine to her 11-year-old son?
New York City
Father Charles Woodrich
After reading your article about Father Woodrich's breadline in Denver, I was embarrassed that Washington can give millions to the poor in other countries but doesn't seem to give a damn about the poor at home. I would love for our President to spend one winter without heat and with little food so that he had to stand on a breadline. You can bet priorities would change.
New York City
Princess of Wales
I wish the press would leave Diana alone. A year ago she could do no wrong; now she can't do anything right. So what if she has an argument or two with her husband? So what if she refuses to eat fish or meat at a luncheon? Any woman who has had a baby and gained 24 pounds wants to lose that weight—which certainly doesn't make her anorexic. If the young princess had kept the extra poundage, the press on both sides of the ocean would be calling her Fatso.
I have worked as a nurse in emergency and intensive care units for seven years, and I am glad that author Carol Gino has finally brought the true story of nursing before the public. For too long we have been inundated with soap operas, TV medical dramas and romance novels that show only squeaky-clean nurses flirting with doctors and gossiping in the nurses' station. Nurses are highly skilled, intelligent people who spend more hours up to their elbows in blood and other bodily fluids for less pay than most doctors could even dream of. Or have nightmares about.
Lorraine J. Bossier, L.P.N.
Paris restaurateur Claude Terrail raises ducklings, fattens them up, and then strangles them at the age of 8 weeks so that he can serve them up the same day to a breathless clientele. This makes for fine dining? Yikes. One grilled cheese, please.
It is encouraging to see that Armand Hammer, a successful capitalist, has been able to show his fellow Americans that rapprochement with the Russians does not necessarily spell gloom and doom. His account of his friendship with Leonid Brezhnev let us see a human side of the late Soviet President that I'm sure won't make it into the high school history books.
Molly O. Brown
Anyone who has followed Armand Hammer's career knows that he and Brezhnev were philosophical soul-mates and that their relationship was a profitable one for Hammer's company, Occidental Petroleum.
Park Ridge, Ill.
Why only write about the Jews during World War II? What about the Catholics, Protestants and gypsies who perished in concentration camps? I have lived all my life with the histories of my grandfather, uncles, aunts, cousins and father who were locked away for years in camps—and they were not Jews. I thank God every day that my father survived to tell us about his so-called childhood. Why don't you try to find out about how these people suffered?
As a Gentile who has become increasingly alarmed at how widespread anti-Semitism is, I found in Elie Wiesel's words of tolerance the real key to the strength of the Jewish people. Count me among the supporters of his plan for a summit conference on the issue.
Elbert Rogers, Jr.
The networks are stampeding to fill the market with beefcake series now that "because of the sexual revolution, women can publicly admire a man's body." I have news for the networks: Women have been publicly admiring other qualities in men like intelligence, vulnerability and sensitivity for quite a while without an accompanying rush by the networks to focus on and encourage these behavior traits in the programs they present. I'm delighted that the beefcake shows are not doing well, and I look forward to the day when the media realize that people are more than the sum of their sexual attributes.
Billie Jo Emery
San Jose, Calif.