10/03/1983 at 01:00 AM EDT
Thanks for the heartwarming story on Chevy Chase (PEOPLE, Sept. 12). It's wonderful that a beautiful wife and baby have given him a new lease on life. As a new mother, I know the joy he's experiencing. Good luck and welcome back to the world, Chevy.
I was pleased to see your article on Chevy Chase and fatherhood. Such coverage is making fatherhood respectable again. It goes a long way toward dispelling the stereotype of men as disposable fathers, useful only for paying child support and accumulating property that can be split up later in a divorce settlement.
William W. Douglas
St. Petersburg, Fla.
I applaud the coverage of computer-assisted crime in your Sept. 12 issue. As a Congressman, I have introduced The Federal Computer Systems Protection Act of 1983 to make crimes by computer a specific federal offense. This bill would make it illegal to tamper with government computers, the computers of financial institutions guaranteed by the government and computers operating in interstate commerce or using interstate facilities. Prosecutors are currently unable to make effective cases against computer criminals because the 40 or so federal laws that could be applied were designed originally to control other kinds of criminal activity. We need a national statute to defend computers from unauthorized entry, to protect the developing electronic funds transfer system, to preserve the integrity of the Federal Reserve and to safeguard business computers in a world where a computer terminal may be on every desk in every home.
Rep. Bill Nelson (D.-Fla.)
The cavalier attitude expressed by both Neal Patrick and his parents in regard to the electronic snooping done by Neal and his friends was terribly disturbing. Young Mr. Patrick and friends were at the very least invading the privacy of the rightful owners of the systems. I wonder how Mr. Patrick's parents would have felt if he and his friends had looked in all their bureau drawers or checked over their bank statements. When do they plan to make him responsible for his actions? This kind of "prank" doesn't fall into the same category as swallowing goldfish or staging panty raids.
Mt. Kisco, N.Y.
Thank you for a wonderful story on Barry Manilow—it makes a refreshing change from much of the bad press he has received. Barry Manilow works hard to please his fans, and your report on his Blenheim concert made me feel that I was right there in the audience.
I nearly had to pinch myself. Barry Manilow on the upper left-hand corner of PEOPLE? Had you finally realized he is a legend in his own time? But only two pages—how disappointing.
Darby L. Lemerise
My family knows the pain and frustration the Georges experienced when they were trying to get their daughter Robin out of the Krishna cult. My brother has been a Krishna for five years, and we pray to God everyday that we, too, will get him out and bring him home with us where he belongs.
Sugar Mommy Dottie West supports a virile young man who is at her beck and call. Married or not, don't they call men like that gigolos?
I have been a big fan of Dottie's for many years. I'm 47, and I can relate to the happiness she has found at 50. More power to you, Dottie.
Mass Murder in Alaska
Thank you for the feature on the deaths of Mark and Irene Coulthurst, their children and crew members of the Investor. After a year of mourning, anger and confusion, I don't believe that our mutual hometown of Blaine, Wash, is back to normal yet. Although I could not express my sadness and grief to the families and friends a year ago, I would like to do so now and let them know that there isn't a day goes by that we don't all think about the tragedy that set a town on its heart.
Your article on Barbara Honegger, the woman who had the courage to call the President's project to eliminate sex discrimination from federal laws a "sham," focused on the more colorful aspects of her private life and ignored the immense public service she has done. I read her editorial in the Washington Post in which she documented the Administration's premeditated attempt not only to do nothing progressive on women's rights but also to gut the enforcement of existing statutes. Your article, like the White House, did nothing to refute the substance of her claims. One can only wonder which side PEOPLE is aligned with.
The article on Barbara Honegger jolted me and the pen flew to my hand—better yet that the cork should have flown to her mouth. I am neither for or against ERA, rather a middle-of-the-roader, but Honegger sure blew it when she shot off her mouth, and the women's groups only helped the fiasco along by hyping her hysterics. The anti-ERA faction couldn't have found any better ammunition if they had gone looking for it.
Janice R. Wooding
Bon Aqua, Tenn.