08/29/1988 at 01:00 AM EDT
It was refreshing to read about Eddie Murphy (PEOPLE, Aug. 8), an entertainer who isn't caught up in his own success (and the things that usually accompany it, like drugs and alcohol) and realizes the importance of people.
Teresa Marie Gardner
Eddie Murphy is the most talented young actor-comedian in America. He should look forward to being the third black actor to win an Oscar. It is hard to empathize with his bitterness about racism while he perches on Bubble Hill admiring his cars and this struggling white woman lives in a valley in Colorado, driving a subcompact to work and paying to see his movies on weekends. Mellow out, Eddie.
Grand Junction, Colo.
I had a hyperactive child—like Casey Jesson—for whom Dexedrine was prescribed first, then Ritalin. Both turned him into a zombie. I stopped giving him the medication and the school threatened suspension. My child's fourth-grade year got to be a game, parent against school. The principal and I had a long talk. He advised that hyperactive children seem to level out when they reach adolescence. He said, "You take care of him at home and I'll take care of him at school." The years ahead were hard. Roger is now 26 years old and in his fourth year as a high school teacher and coach. He did it without medication.
Copperas Cove, Texas
Joe and Katherine Jackson
Is there a bigger crybaby than Joe Jackson? His kids may make mistakes or get into trouble, but it's certainly time for them to be out on their own, away from such a possessive father.
David M. Price
Jackson Heights, N.Y.
Both Tom Hayden and his wife, Jane Fonda, are desperately trying to ditch the radical antiwar image of which they were once so proud. And not because they are sorry for the pain their thoughtless actions and mindless antiwar rhetoric caused Vietnam veterans and their families, but because everlasting images such as the riots at the 1968 Chicago Democratic Convention and Fonda enjoying herself so much in Communist Vietnam are interfering with the advancement of their own careers.
Linda Jean Whittington
Seaside Banana Gardens
I've been going bananas trying to find an address for Paul Turner and Doug Richardson's banana farm in California. I'd like to send for the banana sampler mentioned. Can anyone help me?
Alex Palmieri Jr.
West Haven, Conn.
Write to: Seaside Banana Gardens, 6823 Santa Barbara Avenue, LaConchita-Ventura, Calif. 93001—ED
The Last Temptation of Christ
The media has long depicted Christians as wild-eyed lunatics. One of the things we take exception to is Martin Scorsese's attempt to "create a Jesus who, in a sense, is just like any other guy in the street." Jesus was not just any guy. He was God. He does not deserve to be crucified once again—this time on celluloid.
Los Altos Hills, Calif.
You do the Christian community a disservice when you infer that the only Christians concerned about The Last Temptation of Christ are fundamentalist groups. I am a member of the Presbyterian Church, hardly a hotbed of fundamentalism, and I find that most of my friends in the church are also distressed by this movie. It would be unthinkable to make a movie trivializing Buddha or Mohammed. To those of us who adore and worship Christ, the unthinkable has been done.
Marion D. Linde
Many times I've exercised my freedom of choice by not going to see movies that I found distasteful. These movies, with killing and mutilation, are the ones to be picketed. I suggest that the founder of Campus Crusade for Christ, Bill Bright, take that $10 million he offered Universal for the movie and use it for something worthwhile, like feeding the hungry and sheltering the homeless. Allow Mr. Scorsese and those of us who wish to do so the right to view his movie with an open mind.
Janet E. Bethke
Christ dealt with his critics with gentleness and compassion but never compromised the truth. As a believer in Christ, I don't feel called to protest movies but just to share Christ's truth with others. Let's not forget that this movie is from a novel.
Fellow Christians, take heart. Remember the words of Our Lord as he suffered on the Cross. He uttered, "Forgive them, Father, for they know not what they do."
Protest if you like—that is your right. But ban or censor, no way. There are two other words that protect the rights of all Americans: the Constitution.
Mary D. Spinelli
Dreaming of sex during the agony of the Crucifixion? I can't even dream of sex during a bad headache.
St. Charles, Mo.