updated 08/15/1983 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 08/15/1983 AT 01:00 AM EDT
Thank you for such a great cover story on Cynthia Rhodes, Finola Hughes and John Travolta (PEOPLE, July 25). It's nice to see credit going to these two talented ladies. After viewing the film for the fifth time in one week, it is still difficult for me to understand why the critics didn't like it. This can only mean that people are beginning to ignore critics more and more. I know I am and will continue to ignore them until those critics get up and do better than the people they're criticizing!
For someone who is supposedly the Doris Day of the '80s, Cynthia Rhodes uses terminology I am sure Ms. Day has never uttered, i.e., "Just because I don't get laid every night..." or "I had a blast, it was a lot of tits and ass..." It is my opinion that this person who has "moral values that she wants to live up to" should start with her mouth and work her way around from there.
Jo-Anne E. Hutchinson
Hyde Park, Mass.
My heart goes out to those who have lost their children in accidents involving drunk drivers. My daughter was an innocent victim of such an accident in 1980, and I thank God every day for sparing her. I forgave the drunk that took the lives of two good friends and injured their daughter. I forgave him for the year of hell he put us through as my daughter recovered, but I don't know if I could have if he had lived.
South Wilmington, Ill.
As a guard in a county jail, I've booked many a person arrested for driving while intoxicated. Many times these people have said to me, "Why arrest me? I'm not a murderer?" Many times I've had to bite my tongue instead of saying, "You could have been!"
I sadly congratulate you on the article about drunk drivers. If MADD, RID or AAIM were organized nine years ago, I might not have been robbed of the chance to know my brother, who was killed by a drunk driving "friend." (I was 12, my brother was 17.) The memory of my brother will stay with me. And so will the knowledge that his killer is still alive, after serving no jail sentence. His punishment is to know forever what he did. To me, that is not enough.
Gwynedd Valley, Pa.
I live within a mile of that white cypress-wood cross you pictured. I see it nearly every day, and believe me, the impression it makes on you does not lessen.
I am from the state of Wisconsin that has "stubbornly resisted the trend" to raise the drinking age from 18. Our state does not have the same bias against 18-to-21-year-olds as your article does. I am a 21-year-old nursing student. I have been able to incur debts and am held accountable for all my actions. The people of Wisconsin realize there is more to preventing drunk driving than age. We are tackling it with education—as early as the first grade.
Christina Onassis ought to put your photographer in a pita pocket and stomp on him for exposing her fat knees.
Shame on you! Why can't you have some decency and compassion and let Christina Onassis seek whatever happiness she can find—in privacy. Is it envy? This intelligent and, yes, beautiful woman has had to endure the emotional stress of three unsuccessful marriages, the horrible loss of her only brother, her mother and beloved father. She is alone. Stop attacking Christina and mind your own business!
Isn't it time that Mary Futrell and the National Education Association stopped using President Reagan as a scapegoat? The problem with our schools is not the White House but incompetent teachers. I agree with the merit pay system. Teachers should also be required to take a competency test every year.
Amazing! In Reagan's speech to the American Federation of Teachers, he came out against our children learning that there is subtle but pervasive racism in the U.S. and that there are alternatives to nuclear war! I'm clipping your article to refer back to just in case Reagan dares to run in '84...and then talks out of the other side of his mouth.
Linda Gramatky Smith
Glen Rock, N.J.
Wendy O. Williams
If Wendy O. Williams wants to make the world a better place to live, then she should clean up her act, publicly and privately. It seems she has more concern and compassion for animals than for humans. I was so filled with disgust with this article I didn't finish it. I ripped it out of my magazine and put it in a place Wendy Williams knows—the trash!!
Your article on movie studio commissaries didn't include Walt Disney Studios. The food is good, the prices are low. Of course, on the walls are drawings reminding one of the magic the studio has given. I just wonder if they'd ever have the nerve to serve duck?
Your article on Parker Stevenson has broken all of my dreams. It sounds to me that Parker's career is broadening and his fans are thrilled. But in real life—leather clothes? Stop trying to change his life, Kirstie Alley. We want the real Parker Stevenson back!