02/20/1984 at 01:00 AM EST
Responding to your cover story (PEOPLE, Jan. 30) about violence on The A-Team and those who object to it, I propose that anyone who doesn't like the show should turn it off. I get a real jolt out of seeing some semblance of justice done, no matter what it takes.
You failed to mention that the National Coalition on Television Violence is not asking for censorship of violence. It seeks legislation that would require response time, or counteradvertising, to inform the public that steady viewing of excessive and unrealistic violence is harmful to one's health. People are not aware that for some viewers such shows lead to acting out, for some to withdrawal from everyday life and for most to desensitization to brutality.
I watch The A-Team bash heads faithfully every week, and I think it's silly for these NCTV people to sit down and actually count how many get bashed. NCTV's David Hostetter underestimates children. At 13, I can easily "discern fiction from reality." T is cool; Peppard is dashing; Benedict is debonair; and Shultz is ever so entertaining. I love guys who can bash heads and still have all these qualities.
Michele C. Davis
Mr. T thinks The A-Team is a show about Vietnam veterans? I thought it was about guys who never grew up, playing self-indulgent games and getting away with it.
The male stars get an F from me for their chauvinistic treatment of former co-star Melinda Culea. She was one of the few reasons I watched the show. How often does prime time present us with a gutsy, intelligent woman who looks less like Bo Derek and more like the girl next door? I was glad to have a character I could relate to.
Joanna Cassidy's attitude toward abortion is horrible. She says, "I do feel it's a woman's body, and I don't think anyone should take away her choice of having or not having a child." Yes, it is her body, but when she makes the choice to have sex, she must either take precautions or be prepared to carry the baby. Once she becomes pregnant, her body is no longer just her body but also the baby's life support. A woman has a choice about whether she becomes pregnant. If she is careless and an unwanted pregnancy results, she must suffer the problem. She shouldn't kill off something she is responsible for making. A woman in Cassidy's position should set an example for her fans.
Baton Rouge, La.
I support Joanna Cassidy's position on the abortion issue. Abortion should not be used as a method of birth control. However, we must not let the fact that a few people have misused the right to a safe, legal abortion send us back a decade to the days of dangerous back-alley abortions. There are valid financial, health and emotional reasons for needing this alternative.
Candice B. Lynam
I take offense at TV consultant Barry Frank's statement that "people have to understand it isn't their God-given right to sit home and watch the Olympics for free." These athletes are representing the citizens of the United States, and millions of us are contributing money to help support our teams. I think Mr. Frank needs to understand it isn't his God-given right to decide who sees the Games while he stuffs his pockets with the profits.
AC/DC is one of that nearly extinct breed—a band with an original sound. They are pioneers of today's rock 'n' roll, and they give everything they have for their fans, unlike so many groups—Culture Club, Van Halen, Men at Work and Rolling Stones to name a few—who care more about fattening their bank accounts than pleasing their audiences.
John Di Cicco
Your article on AIDS patient Steven Klein was fine. The feelings a person has after receiving such a diagnosis must be harder to face than death. Society will accept death, but it won't accept those who have AIDS. Let's show these people what humanity is about: acceptance, love, warmth and a prayer that a cure will be found for this dreadful disease.
Your story on Steven Klein's fight against AIDS reawakened my compassion for the gay community. I realized that I had become insensitive to the fight for life so many gay men are waging. The picture of Steven and his cat is taped on my wall, and whenever I pass it, I close my eyes and imagine him healthy, strong and victorious over AIDS.
Kathy de Valcourt
Picks & Pans
In the TV movie When She Says No, Kathleen Quinlan's father was portrayed by Kenneth McMillan, not by George Dzundza. Mr. Dzundza played the role of Miss Quinlan's attorney.
Dr. Burt Brent
Your article about Dr. Brent, the plastic surgeon who constructs ears, was excellent. Brent assesses himself as "ear-resistible"; I say his peers should elect him Man of the Ear.
Col. Art Moger