I thoroughly enjoyed your article on Bette Midler and Lily Tomlin (PEOPLE, June 20). It's time the public witnessed two superstars, and two very special women, who get along on the set without super egos interfering with the art form. I admire them both for their ability to be real people and to show their caring, loving inner selves.
Mary G. McManus
Morton Downey Jr.
I never thought I would have anything positive to say about Morton Downey Jr., but his unflagging support for his AIDS-stricken brother has my deep respect and admiration. The medical community will find a cure for AIDS. When that occurs, most people who survive will fall into two categories: those who were loving and compassionate, as he has been with his brother, and those who have abandoned their friends and family—as their brother Kevin and his family have done.
So AIDS patient Tony Downey is angry at the $1,150 monthly cost of AZT and thinks taxpayers should pick up the tab? Well, here's one taxpayer who vehemently objects to such an idea. I prefer to see my tax dollars going to more worthy causes such as leukemia, heart disease, cancer, multiple sclerosis or Alzheimer's. I consider AIDS to be largely a self-inflicted wound, and I feel very little sympathy for those who, by their perverted life-styles, have laid themselves open to this disease. My sympathy lies with those innocents who now have a death sentence because their only crime was being a hemophiliac or having a blood transfusion during surgery.
Susan V. Julian
I do not always agree with what Morton Downey Jr. has to say or how he brings his message across. I am, you see, one of those "damn liberals," but I did appreciate the article. It gives me hope that close-minded people can learn to have an open heart toward others who aren't as "perfect" as they.
Kristina N. Paulsen
Never in my life have I seen such wastefulness. For the past several years America has watched the homeless try to survive and live. Then along comes a bunch of farmers who make this huge salad and then dump it on someone's farm to rot in the sun. Did anyone think that maybe people who are hungry and need food might have liked to have been invited to eat it? Was it more important to set a world record than to feed a hungry stomach? The whole idea was preposterous and revolting. Shame on PEOPLE for publishing such a story.
Janine E. Harmon
The Salinas Valley farmers should be exposed for their idiocy rather than glorified with some cute little article under the heading "Feats." In my opinion, feats like this stink.
Vincent A. Griffo
I was enraged when I read the letter from the resident of Kokomo, Ind. The problem was not the "few jerks" who harassed Ryan White. It was the "majority of people" who sat by and let it happen. That is Kokomo's shame.