updated 09/14/1987 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 09/14/1987 AT 01:00 AM EDT
Finally, someone has written a decent story about Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (PEOPLE, Aug. 24). Thank you, Oleg Cassini, for not portraying her to be what the public has always wanted to believe, but as the woman she truly was and still is—magnifique.
Other than possibly Madonna, is there anyone less interesting to read about than the fashion-obsessed former First Lady? Let's leave her to the privacy she insists is her desire.
Jean P. Manzella
Grand Rapids, Mich.
Back in the days when Jackie Kennedy was our First Lady, I thought she was selfish, homely and useless as a human being. Books on the Kennedy years, her marriage to Onassis, endless articles about her and now the excerpt from Oleg Cassini's book and your follow-up story have only served to reinforce that opinion. Yes, she redecorated the White House, but her only other contribution to her country was the pillbox hat.
Carol Ray Sorensen
Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Mrs. John F. Kennedy is a national treasure, a loving mother with her life and priorities in order. What is complex about her? She gave our country dignity and class. Remember her bravery? Thank you for a glimpse at a lovely lady and a true "profile in courage."
Some years ago when starvation was rampant in Appalachia, President Kennedy's widow chose to lend the considerable clout of her name to saving the "stones of Venice." Now it's New York landmarks. But preserving the fashionably antique does not a concerned citizen make. Anyone who appears oblivious to the problems of hunger, homelessness, disease, crime, illiteracy and injustice cannot be described as having a social conscience.
The Green River Killer
Just when I think I'm a mature adult my naïveté hits me full force in the face. As a mother of two teenage daughters, I was absolutely appalled by the article about the Green River Killer. It's not ludicrous enough to have a madman out there senselessly killing women and children, but there also are supposedly mature adults condoning such atrocities because of the victims' social status. I pray that my children and I never lose sight of the importance of all human life.
Port Hueneme, Calif.
There is no reason whatsoever to keep Boy George out of this country. If the government barred every entertainer who has had a drug problem from performing, including Americans, then I am afraid our theaters and concert halls would become a thing of the past.
Leave it to PEOPLE to report such a moving, inspirational account of what surely must have been a nightmare for Boy George. The American public does indeed want to "give you a chance," George. We are happy you've kicked drugs and lived to tell about it. Continue to hang in there.