updated 12/14/1987 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 12/14/1987 AT 01:00 AM EST
Don't ever do that again. I almost died of jealousy when I saw your cover of Don Johnson getting married (PEOPLE, Nov. 23). Fortunately I read the article and was relieved to learn the event is taking place on Miami Vice. I am even more excited that the marriage will be over in three or four episodes. If Don ever wants to find a real-life bride, I'm available for that role anytime.
What a wonderful surprise to pull PEOPLE out of the mail on a rainy, dreary Monday only to find Don Johnson's smiling face on the cover. No wedding is necessary to boost my rating of the show. I watch it every week for its intriguing story lines and surprising, twisting plots. Thank you, PEOPLE and Don Johnson, for making my rainy Monday extra special.
Since I am the father of an 18-month-old infant, your story of the death of little Lisa Steinberg and the negligent care of her adopted 16-month-old brother, Mitchell, will always remain with me. I went home and hugged my son, hoping someday child abuse can be controlled and possibly eliminated from society. The story of Lisa is the abrasive side of reality.
Wayne J. Alexander
New castle, Pa.
The picture of little Lisa Steinberg tells it all. One look at that child's eyes is enough to tear the heart from your chest. How our society can stand by and allow loopholes in our laws or stop our law-enforcement personnel from protecting our children is beyond me. That little child never stood a chance. We have all let her down.
Parmella L. Means
I find it overwhelmingly ironic. Only a few weeks ago the country was drawn together in the spirit of joy over a little girl—Jessica McClure. Now we are brought together again through another little girl, and the nation is mourning Lisa Steinberg. Let us pray that everyone who has been touched by her story will remember it and get involved when they suspect a case of child abuse.
Dr. Ingrid Heerdmann
There are so many victims in this story. The many people who tried to keep Joel Steinberg from getting these kids. Hedda Nussbaum, who allowed the physical and mental abuse to spill over onto the children. She needs therapy, not a prison term. Lisa's birth mother, who only wanted her baby to have a life better than she felt she could give her, but now must live with this tragedy the rest of her life. And finally Lisa, who had to die to have peace and love given to her.
As the parent of a three-year-old adopted child who went through a long, involved, scrutinized adoption process, I am appalled that a monster like Joel Steinberg was able to obtain, illegally, those two beautiful children, only to kill one. God forbid that this child and the hideous way in which she died will go unavenged in another one of New York City's blunders.
What a tragedy. All this love comes pouring out now for Lisa Steinberg when it is too late. No one helped her when she was alive. Teachers, neighbors and police may have inquired, but no one truly stepped in and said there is something terribly wrong here. Unfortunately there will be others like Lisa. We must become much more aware of one another, and if there is a cry for help, be there.
We have laws protecting our coastline, we have laws protecting endangered species, and we have laws protecting animals from the cruelty of humans. Where, in God's name, was the law when little Lisa Steinberg needed it most?
Newport Beach, Calif.
Even though I see humor in Robbie Conal's work, I don't think that he has the right to visually litter our public spaces any more than anyone else has. I was pleased to see that the gallery in Houston which had his posters "exhibited" in public spaces was ordered to remove them. If I want examples of his art, I can purchase them. This kind of "public art" not only creates visual pollution in our cities but also costs all of us tax dollars to have it removed.
Okay, I'll show my ignorance. When I read the article on Sarah Miles, it said that director John Boorman cast her because of her "grace and Rabelaisian humor." Several pages later, in the article on restaurant designer Sam Lopata, you describe his "Rabelaisian beard." Is this your word of the week? Please define, for those of us who missed your drift.
Webster's defines Rabelaisian, which derives from the 16th-century satirist François Rabelais, as "gross robust humor, extravagance of caricature or bold naturalism." It's a fine word, but you're right: Twice in a week is too much of a good thing.—ED.