updated 05/18/1987 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 05/18/1987 AT 01:00 AM EDT
You are to be commended for a superb article on David Crosby kicking the drug habit (PEOPLE, April 27). When so much public sentiment today writes off rock performers as being egocentric, pleasure-seeking and trashy, Crosby certainly shows a better side of rock life in his ability to reform. His friends and public felt he was near death, but working through his ordeal brought him a new life that, as he puts it, "is getting better all the time." Bravo, David!
I have admired David Crosby's music for a very long time. When first hearing about all his troubles, I said to myself, "How could he do this?" I was afraid that I wouldn't get to see or hear Crosby, Stills & Nash ever again. After reading your article, my faith is restored. It takes a big man to admit his mistakes, and to me David Crosby is larger than life. I admire him more now than ever. It's great to have you back, David, and I can't wait for the new music.
Ronald Alan Bruder
David Crosby is a lucky man—lucky because he finally realized his priorities. I look forward to many more years of great music, great harmonies.
San Jose, Calif.
As a teenager, I strongly resent the statements some adults make about kids who are "into heavy metal and drugs," or so they think. It seems to me that the adults are the ones who should be setting examples, and what kind of role models are David Crosby and Dwight Gooden and other people who are caught using drugs? With all due respect, it is great that some of these people get help and go straight, but the way I see it, adults should view their peers before passing judgment on innocent teenagers.
I, too, love beautiful things, and certainly everyone's life is enriched by a few precious possessions, but doesn't it break your heart to think how many hungry children could have been fed with the money that has gone to appease the vanity of one pampered woman—Elizabeth Taylor?
Loved the piece on Liz Taylor's "gemnasium" of jewels. She has shown us that she doesn't have rocks in her head but, oh boy, has she got 'em everyplace else!
It's really pitiful that a man can reach the position Charles Barkley has, being rich, talented and loved by a great family, and still lack self-esteem. His "girlfriend has asked that her name not be printed, because he's black and she isn't. Her family, she says, wouldn't like" it. Wake up and smell the coffee, Charles. Don't you think more of yourself than that?
In need of an angel
Thank you for your articles on good, productive things happening in America. I get so heartsick reading gossip and listening to stories about how human beings destroy everything. Please continue running uplifting stories and know you filled one person's day much more with hope.
For shame! Not on PEOPLE for producing an informative issue on Russia but on the provincial, shortsighted fluff heads who were bored to tears because you neglected to cover the only subjects they find interesting—sex, scandal and gossip about American celebrities. No wonder the Russians have serious doubts about us. So do I!