updated 07/31/1995 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/31/1995 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Yes, Hugh Grant made a hugely embarrassing mistake (PEOPLE, July 10), but correspondents are willing to let bygones be bygones, and most think Elizabeth Hurley should too. To err is Hugh, they seem to be saying; to forgive, divine.

I don't agree with what Hugh Grant did, but he doesn't owe me an apology, and he doesn't owe the world one either. The only people he should be concerned with at this point are his girlfriend, Elizabeth Hurley, and his family.
DAWN HILL, Overland Park, Kans.

If I were Hugh Grant, I'd say, "We have glorified and glamorized the 'cuteness' of nefarious activity in the movie Pretty Woman. Now that the theme has been played out in real life, in the same location, we are all astonished, amazd and shocked!" I'm confused.
Bloomfield Hills, Mich.

In this age of AIDS, anyone who frequents prostitutes is playing sexual roulette. I strongly advise Elizabeth Hurley to dump this irresponsible fool and immediately arrange for an HIV test.

I just read your story on Hugh Grant and cannot help but be irritated by it. This is not news, it is gossip. How many hundreds of men do this on a daily basis? What is the big deal? While it is not appropriate behavior, it is far from the life-shattering event that you portray it as.

Give the poor guy a break. He is obviously embarrassed enough already.
JULIE TRUTE, Plantation, Fla.

Loser, loser, loser!
A.M. OTERI, Boston

The attorney for Susan Smith, David Bruck, says he finds the seeking of the death penalty cold-blooded...premeditatedly setting about to exterminate people. What exactly did his client do if not set out premeditatedly to murder her two sons?
N.R. FASSBENDER, Wisconsin Dells, Wis.

Life in prison or the death penalty? I am outraged! The death penalty was written for Susan Smith.

Her doctors have searched for a combination of drugs to stabilize her precarious mental condition? Where I live, her mental condition is called guilt, and no pills can take that away.
SARAH M. FRY, Sandusky, Ohio

As a taxpayer in South Carolina, I have absolutely no desire to sustain Susan Smith's worthless life for another 50 or 60 years. Furthermore, I work full-time and haven't even killed anyone, but no one has offered to pay for my medical care. Why should I be expected to pay for "a combination of drugs to stabilize her precarious mental condition"? The death penalty is legal in this state, Susan meets the criteria, and I couldn't care less about Mr. Bruck's "incredibly moral and ethical foundation...that says the death penalty is wrong." I only wish that she had two lives to give for the two lives she took.
TIFFANY SCOTT, Summerville, S.C.

What have we come to? A young actor is arrested for engaging in a lewd act. For his actions he earns the cover of your magazine. However, Dr. Jonas Salk, the man responsible for the virtual eradication of polio, passes away. How does your magazine pay tribute to this great man? A one-page article buried on page 76. Is it me, or have our priorities been turned upside down?
CAROL R. OGDEN, Bessemer City, N.C.

I am glad you set the record straight about Pocahontas and who she really married. Too bad Disney had to tamper with history in the name of entertainment. Who knows, maybe the real facts would have made just as good a love story.
BEVERLY ROLFE, Penn Valley, Calif.

Is it just his desire for free publicity, or does Wayne Newton have some kind of obsession with a historic figure's bones? Luckily, Pocahontas's spirit is free, or Newton might try to cash in on that too.
ANONYMOUS, Redondo Beach, Calif.

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