updated 12/10/1984 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 12/10/1984 AT 01:00 AM EST
Prince's concert (PEOPLE, Nov. 19) was one of the best I have ever attended. I wish people would stop making such a fuss over his suggestive moves. Have we forgotten how Elvis used to strut? Prince is a terrific artist, and I feel that he is guilty of nothing but being an individualist.
Susan I. Slack
Bloomfield Hills, Mich.
After reading your article on Prince, I purchased a cassette of his music. I had listened to his songs many times before, but failed to pay much attention to their lyrics. I was disgusted by the lewd language. The accusations made by the Rev. Dan Peters are mild. I believe that people of my generation (I'm 19) should start paying more attention to what they're dancing to, listening to and supporting.
Thanks for putting Prince on your cover. Just a word to Dan Peters, the minister who criticized Prince. I don't have to agree with everything Prince says or does in order to like him as a human being. Does the Reverend Peters love only people who are exactly like himself? I suggest that he get his mind off the song Darling Nikki and listen to the rest of the Purple Rain album. He just might see something in Prince besides sex. With all the real evils in the world like war, murder, starvation and child abuse, why preach against a young man who creates a lot of good music and minds his own business? God has given Prince a real talent, and God alone knows his heart.
Charleston, W. Va.
The only black person that you interviewed who voted for President Reagan is a senior market specialist at Exxon! It's hardly surprising that he agrees with Reagan's philosophy. But the reason why more than 90 percent of blacks did not join in giving the Gipper a mandate is simple: Reagan is an exclusionary President who couldn't care less about the poor, the elderly, the disadvantaged. I know it is unfashionable in 1984 to mention such unpleasant groups—Tofutti and the new Galanos collection are more exciting—but we are Americans, too, and we will survive even this insanity.
New York City
As a 14-year-old who does not see much hope for avoiding a nuclear holocaust, I am horrified at the re-election of Ronald Reagan. Before the 1980 presidential election I never lived in fear of World War III. Now I spend my days thinking of all the things I want to see but most likely never will.
The argument surrounding Baby Fae's heart transplant does not originate in the fact that this sweet, innocent baby received a baboon's heart. The anger and frustration stem from the fact that a perfectly healthy baboon was killed to retrieve the heart. As a single incident, this may seem unimportant, but if one looks further down the line, the implications are baffling. This operation opens up a whole new source for organ donations. Humans can choose whether they want to be organ donors. But who are we to make that choice for animals? Life is precious to every species on this earth.
Sharmian L. White
East Point, Ga.
Why the controversy surrounding Baby Fae's history-making operation? I gave birth on Feb. 1, 1979 to my second son, who was born just as Baby Fae was with hypoplastic left-heart syndrome. Had we been given a choice, we would have chosen the operation. Unfortunately, the doctors told us there was nothing to be done. He died after living only 46 hours. Baby Fae is in my mind and my prayers every day, just like my own baby.
Let's put a stop to this nonsense about Princess Stephanie of Monaco being "mixed up" and "messed up." She's probably just as normal as the girl next door, but the press won't let her be, or rather doesn't want her to be.
Margaret M. McAleese
New York City
Thank you for the article on Rita Marley. The great work she has been doing—keeping the spirit of Bob Marley's music and his ideals alive—has gone unnoticed in this country far too long. I am saddened that many Americans feel he was a man without a care and don't even know that religion had a real effect on his life. I hope your story will show them that he was more than just another black musician. He was a hero to an island nation.
After the departure of Aykroyd, Belushi and company, I thought I'd never watch Saturday Night Live again, but SNL is better than ever, and Martin Short is one big reason.
Tundra the Samoyed
I used to enjoy reading in your magazine about various people. However, when you devote two pages to a dog that makes more in one week than I earn in a year, that's when I've read enough. I find it insulting that, while I work so hard and try to keep up full-time studies, I have to read about some Hollywood pooch that doesn't even need money. What is he going to spend it on? Pedicures? A barber? Get a grip on yourselves.
Susan Angeline Boulley
Mt. Pleasant, Mich.
The continuing portrayal of secretaries as bimbos does not do justice to these hardworking women. I appreciate your accurate and timely interview with the author of Overworked and Underpaid as much as I do my two male employers, who also realize that secretaries are underestimated. There are a few men out there worth going the extra mile for—so let's hear it for them, too.
Patricia T. Simpson
Vero Beach, Fla.