updated 02/15/1988 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/15/1988 AT 01:00 AM EST

It is a relief to read that Cher no longer feels obligated to apologize for herself (PEOPLE, Jan. 25). I wonder, though, did she have reason to feel that way in the first place? Since when have talent, hard work, confidence and spirit become offenses? Cher is real and she's damn good, and that's nothing to be sorry for. Thanks for portraying Cher for what she is—an inspiration.
Jill Rayner
Vancouver, B.C.

The age difference between Cher and her boyfriend may not make much difference now, but I doubt that 20 years from now she will be able to sing "I got you, babe."
Denny J. Brake
Pomeroy, Iowa

Cher is everything I wish I had the chance/nerve/money/luck to be. How wonderful to get a peek into her thoughts and life.
Lori Shaw
Napa, Calif.

Last year on Donahue, Cher told an audience the story of how people laughed when her name appeared in the trailer for her first movie, Silkwood. I only wish Cher knew how people applaud and cheer when they see her name now. And guess what? This town has no more copies of PEOPLE left.
Reynold Scott
Manalapan, N.J.

Due to a severe and apparently chronic case of arrested development, Cher is fast becoming the Mae West of our generation—a grotesque and ultimately pathetic caricature of herself. If she spent one-tenth the time developing her mind that she does in her futile effort to remain forever young, she might warrant the space expended on her in your magazine. Come on, Cher, send Robbie out to play with kids his own age, get a grip and grow up.
Jennifer J. Smith

Felicia Langer
A woman like Felicia Langer cannot call herself a patriotic Israeli when she defends those who hope and pray for the destruction of the state of Israel. She is rightfully called a traitor—a traitor to her country and a traitor to the Jewish people she claims to be part of.
Marilyn Malka Klein
Lawrence, N.Y.

I applaud Israeli lawyer Felicia Langer for defending the rights of the Palestinians. We in the U.S. have, until recently, been unaware of the complexity of the Israeli-Palestinian problem. You did a great service by giving us another side of the issue to consider.
Rebecca D. Miller
Charlottesville, Va.

Sharon Monsky
I applaud your article on Sharon Monsky's courageous battle with scleroderma. I lost my dear mother last month to this devastating disease. Those who must suffer the debilitating effects of this affliction feel so alone and frustrated. Thank you, PEOPLE, for offering us company. God bless you, Sharon. You are not alone.
Alison Norton

Prior to 1982 I was ignorant of scleroderma. It was in that year that my wife took ill, and we spent one year visiting doctors until we found the proper diagnosis. Interestingly enough, I have since discovered that there are more people with scleroderma than there are with muscular dystrophy. However, we don't have a champion like Jerry Lewis. Articles such as this will go a long way toward educating the public. For that, I sincerely commend you.
Gerold Kirschner
New York City

I had a sister who died less than a year after being diagnosed as having scleroderma. We had never heard of it before. Thanks to Sharon Monsky for letting us hear more about it. Where can we send donations?
Marion Howard
Muskego, Wis.

Donations and requests for information concerning scleroderma may be sent to: Scleroderma Research Foundation, 100 Shoreline Highway, Mill Valley, Calif. 94941.—ED.

Picks & Pans
I believe Tom Cunneff is the one who missed the boat. Overboard was one of the funniest movies I have seen. Finally, a movie the whole family can enjoy—no vulgar language, no tacky sex scenes and no brutal mass killings. To me, Goldie and Kurt are the Bogart and Bacall of the '80s.
L.L. Hutcheson
Tomball, Texas

Byron "Whizzer" White
Take it from one who watched him return a kickoff 102 yards for a touchdown while playing for the University of Colorado, circa 1937: The tall man standing in the back row in the Supreme Court photo (PEOPLE, Jan. 11) is not Byron "Whizzer" White. Justice White is sitting in the front row, second from the right.
Rio G. Lucas

Oops!—a 15-yard penalty for misjudging that backfield call. The "tall man" in this 1981 photo is William Rehnquist, now Chief Justice.—ED.

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