updated 07/25/1983 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 07/25/1983 AT 01:00 AM EDT
I am proud of Robert Wagner (PEOPLE, July 4) for spending as much time as he can with his daughters. I also give his girls credit for being there when he needed them to get through the tragedy. That's love, and when you have love you don't need anything else.
That was a beautiful, loving story about Robert Wagner and his daughters, but it would have meant a lot more if his romance with Jill St. John hadn't started so soon after Natalie's death.
El Toro, Calif.
I'm 41 years old, happily married for 24 years with two grown children. My morals date back to the period when one was stoned for adultery, but if Robert Wagner would have me all I can say is, where and when?
Sterling Heights, Mich.
Ruth Carter Stapleton
Although our best wishes and prayers are with Ruth Stapleton, we feel it is important to point out that there exists no scientific evidence to support Michio Kushi's theory that the vegetarian diet plan he advocates is successful in the prevention and cure of degenerative disease, including cancer. Yet victims of serious diseases may postpone or discontinue necessary medical attention in favor of unsound, even dangerous diet-based alternatives. Such an unbalanced dietary regime is inadvisable even for those in good health. We agree with Dr. Robert Mayer, whom you quoted, that the macrobiotic "treatment" may only be beneficial to cancer victims as an emotional support. It is unfortunate that many cancer victims and those prone to cancer-phobia fall prey to the hopeful, hollow promises of persuasive diet gurus.
Frederick J. Stare, M.D.
Virginia Aronson, R.D., M.S.
School of Public Health
Michio Kushi points out that his foundation has cooperated fully in several research projects, one originating at Harvard Medical School which investigated the effectiveness of the macrobiotic diet on lowering blood cholesterol levels. Other research projects are being planned.—ED.
Hooray for Ruth! She said, "My route is not a breeze." True, but the medical route is not a breeze; it's a windstorm. My fiancé chose the medical route when he learned that he had terminal cancer—multiple myeloma. He didn't die from his disease. Once a gorgeous, athletic 6', 170 pounds, he deteriorated to 120 pounds with a mind of mush from all the drugs. His body couldn't take the never-ending circle of high-powered poisons: He died of a cardiac arrest. When will the medical experts stop putting down alternative methods with the statement that there are no scientifically documented results? Is there an ego war going on here at our expense? The medical experts don't have all the answers, but they do have the money, while alternative therapies don't get the funding because they've been blacklisted. Why don't the medical people go all out to get the scientific documentation we need and stop hiding behind foolish statements? Let's end this disease. It can be done if we all work together.
New York City
True beauty comes from within, and in that respect Carol Burnett was beautiful long before her jaw surgery.
George W. Terrell Jr.
By opting for a new face, Carol Burnett lost that most essential girl-next-door quality that made her so appealing. She may be more glamorous, but I miss the old Carol.
To those who are attempting to cash in on John Lennon and what he felt for Yoko Ono, I would point out that the lyrics of Double Fantasy give evidence of a deep love for his wife, a love that withstood the problems of everyday life and of their celebrity status. I would rather hear what Lennon had to say for himself than read some malcontent's interpretation. The former is reality as Lennon perceived it; the latter is nothing but commentary.
Rebecca R. Pinckney
Mount Pleasant, S.C.
It is hard enough to mourn the death of a loved one. How can Yoko do this when her old, so-called friends are distorting the facts of her life? I myself couldn't stand Yoko until John was killed. I finally figured out why. Envy.
Barbara Ann Kingsley
How many of us would still look good if our lives and relationships were looked at under a microscope?
Gig Harbor, Wash.
When I first read that you were going to do a story on our Governor, I got my guard up. I expected the Hatfields and the McCoys, illiteracy and poverty, and I prepared to defend my state as I have many times in the past. I was wrong. You wrote an article about Governor Rockefeller that would make any state proud, and you answered many of my questions about the man.
Rebecca B. Sponaugle
In your article on Jay Rockefeller, you said, "Consider the concept: a Rockefeller in West Virginia." Big deal! What's your point? We have our share of millionaires. What's more, you assume we West Virginians are totally illiterate. Allow me to make these statements: This letter was not written in crayon; I wrote it all by myself; I did not file bankruptcy to buy the stamp.
Interesting couple—yes; good Governor—no! In Rockefeller's 1980 campaign, his expenditures of $12 million worked out to roughly $30 for each vote he received.
Donald P. Cohen