I had to be talked into seeing Rhinestone (PEOPLE, July 9). I just couldn't imagine Dolly Parton and Sylvester Stallone in a movie together. But I was wrong. I enjoyed every minute and hope others will give it a chance.
Dolly Parton is the Marilyn Monroe of the '80s, but she won't let herself be exploited the way Marilyn was. She has a brain and uses it.
Stephen V. Perdue
In the July 9 issue a reader wrote that your story about a patient who had had a heart transplant had motivated her to sign an organ donor card. While it is an excellent idea to have such a card, it is not necessary to have one to donate organs. This year our 19-year-old son died of injuries sustained in an industrial accident. We had no donor card, but we told the doctor to make arrangements for all possible transplants and Tod's heart, kidneys and corneas were harvested. Emergency room personnel are so concerned with saving lives that they may not have time to bring up such an option, or they may feel uncomfortable suggesting it to a family going through the trauma of losing someone. Speak up if you have to. It is wonderful to know that my son was able to help others live.
Lumping Liz Taylor in with a parade of glamour girls from the past? Hmmm. I don't know about you guys. I saw Liz in Private Lives last year. She looked great, the house was packed and the audience loved her. Then half of us waited by the stage door to catch a glimpse of her. When she appeared, there was a near riot! For all Joan Collins' well-deserved popularity, I doubt she could generate such hysteria.
After a driver nearly killed my family in a head-on collision this spring and was arrested for felony drunk driving, I channeled my anger into a phone call to my local MADD office. They were immediately there for us as advocates and as a source of information about our rights. I am grateful to Candy Lightner for starting MADD and turning tragedy into inspiration.
Judi D. Welch
Pacific Palisades, Calif.
All over America the police seem to have focused on the drunk driver as Public Enemy No. 1, waiting outside bars in squad cars seeking probable cause to harass people. Yet our homes are still burglarized; people are held up in broad daylight. I am not insensitive to this woman's grief or that of others who have lost someone in alcohol-related deaths, but I am opposed to the almost fanatical fervor that has been brought to bear on the drinking driver.
Rex J. Ford
Your May 21 issue contained the frightening story of the McMartin family that has been accused of sexually abusing children in its nursery school. Now the July 9 issue features high-fashion swimsuits for toddlers, including one that is "translucent except for appliqués of palm trees and flowers on strategic areas." The statement of the woman who markets this product that "these are hot little suits" is as disgusting to me as it may be exciting to the child molester.
Sharon K. Gibson
Statue of Liberty
Your readers may not know that Lee Iacocca, head of the restoration commission, has sent out a challenge to the schoolchildren of America to help raise the money to repair the Statue of Liberty. The students of James R.D. Oldham School accepted the challenge, and we have raised $2,314. Much has been said lately that is critical of our youth, but patriotism is thriving here and in schools across the country as we try to save our statue.
Janice G. Keller
Picks & Pans
Referring to Ben Kinchlow of the 700 Club as "a rather unethnic black man" reflects a racism that should appall citizens of this Republic. Would a writer with black skin get away with calling someone "a rather unethnic white man?" I thought this kind of thinking went out with the minstrel shows.
New York City
Nihal Singh, whom you interviewed regarding the status of Sikhs in India, said that Indira Gandhi could improve relations with the Sikhs by means of a political settlement. Before the storming of the Golden Temple, we Sikhs had been going to the government with our demands, but they fell on deaf ears. Now no self-respecting Sikh will want to go near the government.
I found much of Irene Cara's story realistic. However, I disagree with her idea that being famous is the cause of her disappointments with friends, lovers and so on. Honey, in today's society, even if no one has ever heard of you, the chances that you will have those sorts of experiences are about 95 percent. Fame has little to do with it; that's just life.
Tornado in Barneveld
Your article brought me such a mixture of feelings. Since I am stationed overseas, I did not receive the news of this tragedy until 24 hours after it had occurred. I'm from Mazomanie, Wis., 45 minutes away from Barneveld, but I have relatives there. I wish there were some way to show my appreciation to all the people who volunteered their help to those in need.
Gloreen Mae Heft
Readers who wish to contribute may send checks to: Barneveld Disaster Fund, Barneveld State Bank, P.O. Box 8, Barneveld, Wis. 53507.—ED.