What a practical as well as "fairy tale" union the marriage of Brooke Shields (PEOPLE, Feb. 28) and Prince Andrew would be. Especially since Andrew's relatives, years ago, had the foresight to build what now would be perfect mother-in-law accommodations for Teri Shields—the Tower of London!
Santa Rosa, Calif.
Brooke is disgusting!—and her mother even more so. If the Princess gets her Prince, I hope the royal bed is big enough for Mama, because that's where she will be.
We want to thank you for publishing our story. It is important that situations like ours are being talked about. We certainly don't like airing our problems in public, but we feel that you can't hide in the closet either. We enjoyed seeing the picture of our cherished grandchildren, Brian and Vanessa. We haven't seen them in three and a half years. We love them very much. In a few years, they will feel free to visit with us, but until the day comes our family will keep campaigning for better laws.
Harvey and Marcia Kudler
New York City
What kind of grandparents could possibly stir up so much controversy over grandchildren? True love is generous and not selfish, as this seems to be. It looks like this father and the grandparents are trying to prove what they can do to each other. Don't they have sense enough to realize that it is the children who suffer most from all this bickering? The money they are wasting in the courts would have been better spent on the best education available. As the grandmother of seven, I pray, if I am ever faced with a similar situation, I will have sense enough not to meddle.
Marie F. Sheppard
Judy Kudler Smith and I grew up together. We were next-door neighbors for 18 years. The Kudlers suffered tremendously over Judy's death. While they retained custody of their grandchildren, they provided a warm and loving environment. To deny them visitation rights is cruel and unjust. Suicide always seems to leave the biggest burden on the living.
Bonnie J. Weinstein
Wayne Northrop is a "hunk"? Someone must have said, "Let's take this little guy with wrinkles who walks like a bantam rooster and give him a permanent. After all, it worked for Tony Geary."
Finally a story about that adorable Wayne Northrop! He's the sexiest soap star in years.
New York City
Gerald Donaldson says that it's unfair to ask others to pay for the damage to pavement that we 18-wheelers do to highways. Okay, but we say it's unfair that truckers now have to subsidize mass transit with money that should have gone into the Highway Trust Fund. Let the commuters pay for the trains and let truckers pay for the highways. Now, that would be fair.
Six months after we were married, my husband was killed in a car accident on Route 9W. He was 22 years old. It angers and hurts me that in the 11 years since, only Mr. Donaldson seems aware of the deadliness of this road.
Patty McNally Schlesser
Oak Park, Ill.
No one in the country, especially independent truckers, would dispute Gerald Donaldson's contention that our highways are in dire need of repair. But is it fair to tax and require permits for trucks in every state in which they travel when car owners can simply register in their home state and then crisscross the country? My husband and I are independent truckers, and we are now paying $1,400 annually for plates and permits, $4,000 for tolls and up to $5,000 for road and fuel use taxes. These figures are bound to double when the Highway Transportation Assistance Act has its full impact, and our revenue won't be increased sufficiently by the weight and length changes to cover the additional expenses. What's more, heavier loads mean more wear and tear on equipment and less fuel efficiency. There has to be another solution besides burdening the trucking industry.
Constance M. Davids
What about U.S. 51 from Rockford to Carbondale? It is one of the most treacherous two-lane highways around. I know. I drive it every day on my way to work. Haven't you seen the bumper stickers that read PRAY FOR ME, I DRIVE u.s. 51?
It's true that Joanna Carson's friends are "circling her like a wagon train." She is very special to those of us she considers friends. Joanna has great inner beauty and grace, courage, sensitivity, intelligence, wit and humor. She's not a mere reflection of a very famous husband; she stands alone in her contribution as a businesswoman and humanitarian. I always said, "When I grow up, I want to be just like Joanna Carson."
Cristina Ferrare De Lorean
New York City
Joanna Carson is 42; Cristina De Lorean is 33.—ED.
Socialite Ruta Lee ought to give some sound advice to her friend Joanna Carson. If being an "accomplished" woman means making an "accommodation to men," there would be an enormous number of miserable women out there. If Mrs. Carson did indeed study how Josephine handled Napoleon, I hope she also pondered, "How did Napoleon handle Josephine?"