updated 11/14/1988 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 11/14/1988 AT 01:00 AM EST
Hurrah for Lisa Marie (PEOPLE, Oct. 24)! If only her father could have found such happiness out of the public eye. He was loved by everyone but felt totally alone. I'm delighted Lisa Marie pulled off the secret wedding. Elvis would be proud of his beautiful daughter.
Bayou La Batrie, La.
Elvis would turn over in his grave if he knew how Priscilla has raised his daughter. Lisa Marie is the one who will suffer from a Hollywood "anything goes" upbringing. Elvis fans need to stop pumping millions into Graceland. It's all going to wind up financing some weird cult.
Nguyen Huy Han
The story about Nguyen Huy Han's rebate program at his restaurant was interesting and refreshing. However, in these days of barely breaking even, wouldn't it be more interesting if the rest of us could learn how Mr. Han lives on $1 a day?
Janet M. Wood
It is a pleasure to see that there are people like Nguyen Huy Han who have enough pride in themselves to want to work and beat the odds, yet at the same time have humility to credit others for having made them as successful as they are. God bless you, Mr. Han.
Jersey City, N.J.
Dick and Judith Kurth
So poor Dick and Judith Kurth grew pot to "save the family ranch," even though they knew it was wrong, and now they feel unfairly shunned by society. Any farmer who lets himself get $1.2 million in debt is a poor planner. Most farmers and ranchers I've known are careful planners. They too have bad luck because of weather, but they make it. Those who don't are gambling with Mother Nature. She usually wins. All of us who have worked hard through bad and good resent the Kurths' whining. They broke the law; they must pay.
Mr. Kurth found the decision to grow marijuana agonizing? Until he's lost a child, any family member or a friend to the world of drugs, he will never know the meaning of the word. His bank debt may be $1.2 million, but it pales in comparison with the debt he owes to the drug addicts he continued to sustain and the new ones he created, to the families whose lives he shattered and to those people who try so hard to clean up the mess that people like him create. If the decision had been mine to make, he'd be in prison for a very, very long time.
It was interesting to read about George Bush's comfy accommodations for journalists covering his campaign. How much is it costing the American taxpayers for the Bush entourage to jet around the country on Air Force II, being wined and dined in a lavish fashion while airborne? I'm sure the Republican Party is making a token reimbursement for the use of Air Force II, but are they really paying the whole cost? I doubt it.
The Bush-Quayle campaign pays the bills for the Vice-President and all staff members using Air Force II. Journalists' costs are paid by their respective news organizations, and Secret Service agents' by the Treasury Department
Brig. Gen. Gail Reals
It was with great pride and fond memories that I read your article on General Reals. She was the commanding officer of the Woman Recruit Training Battalion in Parris Island, S.C., when I went through boot camp in 1973. At that time General Reals was a major. On graduation day, as she was putting my emblems on me, she told me that if I worked hard and was dedicated, I wouldn't regret it. She was right. Her sense of pride, commitment and dedication was a real inspiration to me. The years I spent in the Marines Corps, both on active duty and in the reserves, were among the best in my life.
Harriet L. Beaudet
Those readers who strongly disagreed with Bob Goldie's decision to put his mother, Celia, in a nursing home need to "walk a mile in our moccasins" before offering judgment. For some families, the reality is that not placing a loved one in a nursing facility is abusive, neglectful and selfish. We shared the responsibility for our widowed father, a victim of Alzheimer's, by alternating three-month stays in our respective homes. Living with Dad was at times joy-filled, but too often physically exhausting and emotionally debilitating for him as well as for the rest of our families. It took us three years to accept the fact that we simply could not provide appropriate care. To deny Dad the medical supervision his physical condition requires and the minute-to-minute stimulation his psychological condition demands would have been tantamount to geriatric abuse. To continue to meet his needs would have meant neglecting the needs of his young grandchildren. Institutionalizing Dad was the most hurtful experience we have ever faced. Learning to live with the pain is ongoing. Criticism by others merely twists the knife a little deeper.
Amy E. Adams
Ann E. Gellings