updated 08/06/1984 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 08/06/1984 AT 01:00 AM EDT
According to your poll (PEOPLE, July 16), 44 percent of Americans trust Ronald Reagan the most of all the candidates. Where have these people been for the past three and a half years? They must have been hypnotized by this second-rate movie star. I feel sorry for the country and the world if this most dangerous man should win in November.
I am concerned that Jesse Jackson and so many in the media are talking about the progress that blacks are making. Here in Fort Smith we are still living in the Jim Crow days. As long as we stay on our side of the tracks, we're all right. We work in the factories for minimum wage, and we attend a local park for blacks that has no pool and no playground equipment. There are many young black men and women who hang out on the streets just wasting their lives away. Jesse Jackson may have started a Rainbow Coalition, but we are not part of it at all. I hope to become a part of this change.
Fort Smith, Ark.
Where was the question: How do you feel about unwed dads? It still takes two to make three, you know.
The poll results naming Michael Jackson the "most overrated person in show business" indicate either ignorance or bigotry. Seeing him perform in Kansas City reinforced my belief that he is the most gifted entertainer in the world.
Bowling Green, Ohio
It's just fine with me that only 12 percent of your sampling would invite Boy George over to their house. Maybe that means I have a better chance. I'd love to have him to dinner, and my mom says he's welcome anytime. We both think he's great, and he'd be a lot less likely to criticize the casserole than the more desired Joan Rivers (49 percent).
San Jose, Calif.
Please set straight a gross misconception that many Americans, including a reader who wrote in to your Mail page, labor under. "Pro-choice" means the right to choose. Not all members of the pro-choice movement would choose abortion, but we do believe that each woman should have the right to choose for herself. Geraldine Ferraro is not "double-minded" as your reader wrote. She does not consider abortion an option for herself, but she feels women must have the freedom to decide without government intervention.
As I followed the Lenell Geter case, I felt betrayal by our justice system, rage at the life sentence, hope for his release, elation when he was freed and now joy in his marriage. There is no way I will ever forget this man.
Mick Jagger's Daughter
People are making much too big a deal about the fact that Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall are unwed parents. Their relationship has lasted longer than a lot of marriages. Who needs marriage to produce a beautiful baby like Elizabeth Scarlett? They obviously didn't.
St. Paul, Minn.
You are condoning the breakup of the family structure by publicizing Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall's immoral lifestyle. Such articles give people the subtle message that the institution of marriage is worthless.
In your interview with Dr. Robert Kerr, he said that many athletes are taking human growth hormones to prepare for the Olympics. Our endocrinologist has prescribed a human growth hormone for our son, and we are looking for funding. Funds have been denied by the state's Department of Services to Crippled Children, and our insurance company has been unwilling to cover the cost—$6,000 per year for six years—which is astronomical to us. We are not looking for muscles; we are hoping that our son will receive this drug so it can be put to the use for which it was intended. Perhaps an Olympic sponsor would care to sponsor some children truly in need.
Paw Paw, Mich.
Picks & Pans
Eric Levin's review of Springsteen's Born in the U.S.A. misses the point. He claims that the title song "goes nowhere." The song is about a Vietnam veteran whose life is going nowhere. The man served his country, lost his brother and now he can't find a job. At one time, to say you were born in the U.S.A. meant you were in the land of dreams come true, but unemployment has changed all that. These lyrics show the desperation many people are feeling, in your country and in mine too.
Perhaps your critic Scot Haller should have seen The Muppets Take Manhattan at a children's matinee. When my kids and I saw it, the theater was full of infectious laughter. And Kermit's accident, which Haller saw as a "needlessly downbeat moment," benefited us. Now my children know what can happen if you run into the street, and they didn't have to see blood to find out that it hurts.
It was fascinating to read Bob Dylan's comment about the effects of aging on art. I fell apart when he said: "All the people I've ever admired were at least in their 40s when I met them: Woody Guthrie, Hank Williams, Lightnin' Hopkins. I think you have to be old to get good." Hank Williams died at the age of 29 on Jan. 1, 1953. He was both very good at the time—and far from 40!