updated 07/01/1985 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 07/01/1985 AT 01:00 AM EDT
As an obstetric nurse, I was elated when I first heard about the Frustaci babies (PEOPLE, June 10). I knew the frustration and despair these infertile couples experience trying month after month to conceive. The more I read about this couple, however, the angrier I become. I can't help but feel they were hoping for a baby bonanza. What obstetrician would give a woman with a 6-month-old baby a drug such as Pergonal? Yet here is this new mother injecting herself, "a nightly chore" no less. Why wasn't she bonding with her new baby who had been at the sitter's all day? Now Mr. Frustaci is looking to us all to help raise his family financially. Well, who does he think will ultimately pay the $1 million hospital bill? Insurance companies are not owned by philanthropists; no wonder our rates increase every year. I can't help but wonder if this will start a new trend. Will Pergonal become the "in" drug with couples hoping for a money-making litter? I hope and pray this will not happen.
Please, let's not glorify the Frustacis. Anyone who takes fertility drugs and is aware of the great risks must also deal with the consequences. I can only imagine that it's easier to cope with the impossibility of conception than with the deaths of your children.
Stephen J. Wallace
Rarely have I been so moved as I was after reading the incredible story of the Frustacis and their beautiful children. Perhaps it is because I am entering my ninth month of pregnancy (my second) and can, if only in a small way, understand the emotional journey it can be from conception to delivery. God willing, my baby will come into the world healthy and perfect, but if not, I pray that my husband and I will have as much faith and strength as I have seen in these two remarkably brave people.
Vanessa E. Rayburn
I, for one, weep with sorrow when I see the remaining Frustaci babies fight for their lives. This couple was not chosen, their babies are not a miracle from God! They are the tragic result of a fertility drug. I can only hope that seeing these bruised, struggling babies will make other couples think twice about fertility drugs.
Thank you for the poignant article on the Frustacis and their babies. To see the love and concern these people have for their babies' lives is quite extraordinary. With abortion so rampant nowadays, with so many willing to throw away one life because they don't have the heart to save it, it is really refreshing to hear about two people who care enough about fetal lives that they would want to try and save them at all costs.
Scientologists preyed on my former wife's naive gullibility with a seemingly innocent but highly manipulative come-on. After only two short meetings, these strangers had her convinced that she should disregard our amicable divorce agreement and keep me from my daughters. They almost succeeded. This was eight years ago, and my blood boils every time I see their representatives preying on an unsuspecting public. L. Ron Hubbard, keep John Travolta and the rest of your dangerous disciples away from me and my kids. I'm on to you.
William H. Fuller Jr.
Coral Gables, Fla.
Awarding $39 million to anybody for anything is a miscarriage of justice so outrageous it boggles the mind. This is America—land of the free—remember? And protection of our religions and our religious freedom reigns supreme—especially over a single disgruntled ex-member of any church.
Simi Valley, Calif.
I don't find myself feeling the least bit sorry for Keach and his being busted in London. I am glad the officials in Great Britain looked past his "star" status and put him away for what he was—another smuggler! I only wish our system worked the same way.
Jay Bernstein doesn't want to make Stacy Keach into a "hero"? What does he think his "pilgrimage" has done? Keach broke the law by smuggling cocaine into England. Let's hope his six months in jail gave him time to kick a dangerous and destructive habit. Keach is a talented actor, and it would be a shame to see that talent wasted. Cocaine is not "victimless."
Mohegan Lake, N.Y.
Since Stacy Keach has paid his debt, hopefully the rehabilitation program he went through sticks. I don't condone drug use but I don't see punishing someone forever for a mistake that he was man enough to stand up for and take his punishment. I hope Mike Hammer will have many more happy TV seasons. Welcome home, Stacy.
Royse City, Texas
As a resident of North Carolina and a former resident of South Carolina, I was upset about your article on proms. First you showed the California prom, where everyone looked very glamorous and sophisticated. In Missouri the students were a little less polished but well dressed. When you got to South Carolina, you threw away all glamour and sophistication and went for country. I'm surprised you didn't look for a prom held in a barn—complete with hay and square dancing. The high school near here had their prom at the Sheraton, the students booked reservations at the best restaurants in town for dinner, and there were "before" and "after" prom parties. An estimate of the cost for the evening was $400. And they didn't rent limousines.
Laurel Hill, N.C.