updated 03/10/1986 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 03/10/1986 AT 01:00 AM EST
Well, that does it. It is the last time I give to "Save the Children." I am insulted and outraged after reading about Diana Ross's $1 million wedding (PEOPLE, Feb. 11). Did she ever consider or give any thought to how many children could be saved with $1 million? No, probably she didn't; all that fuss and money, and just wait, how many issues from now will we see the new scoop on their pending divorce? Celebrities get on television, cry, plead and beg us, the working people, for our pennies—"just the price of a cup of coffee"—and we cry and give them our money. Then we are forced to read about Diana's wedding and what it cost! I say we, the working people, don't give a damn!
How can Diana Ross flaunt her diamonds, mink and Belgian lace when there are so many starving people in this world? Do you realize how many people would be fed on those items she wore for just a mere few hours? I can. Thousands! Diana, are you sure you were 100 percent legit when you played your part in We Are the World, U.S.A. for Africa? I wonder.
I was absolutely thrilled with your cover story on Diana Ross. I have followed her for many years and have never seen her happier. Even in her recent personal appearances she has that special glow about her. Thank you for making my day, and I wish Diana a much deserved happiness.
David Plain Jr.
Baton Rouge, La.
I am angry and deeply saddened by the murder of Dian Fossey. She was a remarkable, dedicated zoologist. Don't be too hasty in casting a dark shadow over Fossey's reputation. The gorillas were her family, and her sincere efforts to protect them are understandable. Considering the horrible atrocities that were committed against her beloved creatures, I fully appreciate her disdain for the human race. She was too intelligent to be involved in witchcraft or black magic. She simply battled those ignorant, vile poachers with the only methods they were capable of understanding. I hope Fossey's work will be carried on by someone who is equal to the task.
I saw Dian Fossey several years ago on The Tonight Show and gained a great deal of respect for such a courageous and gentle woman. I cried when she explained how poachers killed these gentle giants just to make ashtrays from their amputated hands. Even though she may have led an eccentric life, we should be grateful about the knowledge she left about the most misunderstood of our vanishing species.
It's a pity that society has to look at people who have a passion for the rights of animals as being "odd."
After reading the article on the "Shanty Builders," I cried in pain, anger and shame. We call ourselves a caring society and this is what we do to our own people. I saw in these people something we Americans seem to lose every once in a while—our dignity. So shame on you, Mr. Reagan, and shame on you, "Mr. Tough Guys," and shame on me for not stopping often enough to feed another starving American.
According to Jane Shelnutt of Benton, Ark., all the homeless have to do to not be homeless anymore is to "stay in one place long enough to get public housing and welfare." Silly me, I didn't realize the answer to this national catastrophe was so simple, and I bet the hundreds of thousands of homeless people in this country didn't either! When I go to bed tonight I won't worry about the starving children or animals (as Mrs. Shelnutt does). I won't worry about the homeless or any other of the world's sufferings. Instead, I will pray to God that He will show me how I can best help to end all these sufferings. I'll also pray that through His good grace, He'll never take from Mrs. Shelnutt the comfort she has so obviously grown accustomed to.
I, too, was impressed by the article on the homeless in America, and the sensitivity used to portray those who are much less fortunate than I. The comments by your readers show that most concur. But there are still far too many people like Jane Shelnutt who expressed her opinion in a "nutshell," which also shows the limits of her reasoning and the smallness of her mind. May she always have the good fortune to be one of those who never has to face the problems of poverty, joblessness and homelessness; she would never survive.
Barbara E. Simons
Picks & Pans
Your review of CBS-TV's movie-of-the-week One Terrific Guy cavalierly accused the network of producing what your reviewer describes as "...an exercise in titillation, exploitation and abomination." In addition the reviewer stated: "I don't find that believable." My regrets that crime is often difficult to believe. Although the teleplay was labeled "fictional" by CBS, the story is nonetheless inspired by true and actual cases. Because the network was concerned with the lurid facts of the real cases, some of the material described and enacted in the film was actually tempered for the screen—so if anything, CBS deserves credit, not condemnation. We treated a tragic daily occurrence with dignity, regardless of its true origins. We praise CBS for having the courage to expose the plague of these academic creeps.
Producer, One Terrific Guy