Your poll issue was the best yet (PEOPLE, July 27). But, taking a look at the sexiest woman in the world question, I have to ask, "Is there life before 40? Are these women really more sexy than the best of them all, Christie Brinkley?" I think not. Christie, you have my vote.
Richmond Hill, Ga.
I really get a kick out of your PEOPLE Polls because I usually disagree. One part I do agree with asked why Dolly Parton came in at the bottom of the voting for the sexiest woman in the world. The day Vanna White is better looking than Dolly is the day they find Jimmy Hoffa.
The question "Does God look human?" should be rephrased to ask, "Do humans look like God?" After all, man was created in the image of God, was he not?
Cheers to the readers for recognizing Tom Selleck as the sexiest man in the world. Come on, PEOPLE, give Tom the same treatment you gave Harry Hamlin, Mel Gibson and Mark Harmon—a cover story.
Sarah A. Grim
We have, Sarah—eight times.—ED.
Robert Jarvik and Marilyn vos Savant
Kristin McMurran's bouncy tale of an otherwise dull affair between Robert Jarvik and Marilyn vos Savant accidentally uncovered an important lesson for those who worship I.Q. scores. Though vos Savant is reported to have an I.Q. of 228, her contributions thus far to society seem to consist of two children, The Omni I.Q. Contest book, the Ask Marilyn column and turning on Robert Jarvik. If vos Savant as a child was placed in one of the gifted programs that she now eschews for today's exceptional youngsters, she should have learned what they know. That is, high intelligence (or low intelligence) is a genetic accident. For extremely bright people, what counts is one's contribution commensurate with one's genius and limitations.
Mary Lynn Richford
New York City
Lt. Col. Oliver North
I feel very much like the child who couldn't see the emperor's new clothes. Oliver North stood before us wrapped in a cloak of patriotism and zealotry. He admits to being a liar and a cheat, all as a means to achieving his end. I am not impressed by his "cloak." It's a sad commentary for this country that so many people think this man is a hero. Whatever happened to honesty and moral integrity?
Green Bay, Wis.
To quote Oliver North: Golly! Your article on North implied that I was the reporter waiting breathlessly on Capitol Hill for the start of his Congressional testimony who gasped, "I want to have his baby!" In fact, I was in Los Angeles that day writing about a boxing champion who allegedly kissed one parking lot attendant, then punched out another one. Even in this era of superwomen, L.A. to D.C. teleportation is utterly beyond me. Please make that clear—if my editor thinks I'm capable of it, God knows what he'll do to my air travel credit card. I have expressed absolutely no eugenic interest in North.
It was another reporter and not Ms. Morrison whom we quoted.—ED.
While America is so busy heaping praises and nominations for the Presidency on Lt. Col. Oliver North's head, it seems to me that everyone is forgetting that the man not only lied and disposed of important documents, but he committed a federal crime. America won't consider electing a man who slept with a busty blonde, but we'll jump at the chance to elect a man who breaks the law and supplies weapons to people who would like to use them on us. I think we need to forget about what excuses the man has given and think about exactly what he did. By the way, where are the hostages we were supposed to get?
Eight months ago, at our Thanksgiving table, Oliver North's name was first among those to whom we raised our glasses. In the months since then, his critics have multiplied to a yapping pack in the media and a crew of wreckers in the Congress. Along with many Americans, I salute him still. The President's plan to help the contras challenge the Marxist government in Nicaragua is crucially important. As Edmund Burke, one of the greatest figures in the history of democracy, said, "Those who would carry out the great public plans must be proof against the most fatiguing delays, the most mortifying disappointments, the presumptuous judgment of the ignorant upon their designs."
Americans can debate about Oliver North all day long. After witnessing the recent Contra hearings for many days on television and watching a man endure public scrutinization with such earnest candor and quiet strength, I believe this, if anything: He brought a "human" element back to our staunch world of politics. The bottom line is a man who really believed he was doing the right thing. And that's all I need to know.