08/21/1995 at 01:00 AM EDT
Correspondents mourned the death of 17-year-old model Krissy Taylor, who died suddenly of asthma, while praising her family values (PEOPLE, July 31). Those same values are just what make the Promise Keepers, the all-male evangelical Christian movement, a hit with other readers. Some, however, were not as pleased with the group and its promises.
Reading your story on Krissy Taylor, I couldn't help but be shocked. I am also 17 and a high school senior. I am sorry to see an aspiring young woman's promising life cut short as a model, a wife and a mother. Krissy appeared to be so down-to-earth and free-spirited. My condolences to the family.
DEVEN Z. MACLACHLAN Redondo Beach, Calif.
What a terrible ending for a beautiful woman with such a bright future. It makes me realize how precious life is.
CINDY LAINEY, Hudson, N.H.
Why is it that every time something tragic happens, such as the death of Krissy Taylor, people have to look for a seedy answer? It just isn't a story if alcohol, drugs and promiscuous sex aren't involved. Is it so hard to believe that there are still wholesome people out there? My heart goes out to the Taylors for the loss of their child and for the ignorance they have to live with.
HEATHER PELKEY, Hope Valley, R.I.
Gee, let me see: men with integrity, emotions, values, morals and a strong sense of responsibility—and some women's groups have an issue with this? I don't believe this movement is saying that women can't make decisions or lead the family. I believe what this movement is trying to say is that we are too far removed from how the Bible says we should behave toward one another. As a woman and as a Christian, I have just one thing to say to the founder of the Promise Keepers: thank you!
KATHLEEN WEBER, Damn, Conn.
I was blessed to be able to attend Promise Keepers held at Texas Stadium in October 1994. It was the Super Bowl of Christians! Any man who attends Promise Keepers will come away with a new look on life—especially with his wife. It was 24-plus hours of spiritual nurturing. Promise Keepers will teach you about more than life with Christ; it will teach you about loving your Christian brothers.
BLAKE LONG, Longview, Texas
The male chauvinism of the Promise Keepers is sickening and moronic. Husband and wife should be equal partners. If one is to have more say in a decision than the other, common sense would mandate that it be whoever has more intelligence or insight regarding the issue to be decided—not whoever has the penis.
CHRISTINE MARTIN, New York City
When NOW's vice president Rosemary Dempsey says that "these views...set this country back 50 years," does she mean back when divorce rates were low, unwed moms were scarce, crime rates were low? And that's a bad thing?
LAURA ROUSH, Norwalk, Iowa
Oh, great. The last thing America needs is another highly profitable, multimillion-dollar, so-called Christian, cult-type group led by a charismatic leader who slurs gay people. Promise Keepers' founder Bill McCartney claims to be Christian. Many of our past and current hatemongers claimed religious ties too.
WILLIAM C. STOSINE, Iowa City, Iowa
If what my husband wants is a happy wife and a happy marriage, then let him ask me what it takes. I do not need a group of male pigs to decide what I need. Our marriage was supposed to be a partnership between the two of us—private, equal and sacrosanct. Never, in any vows, did I agree to allow my marriage to be run by a group of any kind. My husband betrays me and our relationship by relegating me, my opinions and my needs to the status of a child, while he proclaims himself and his cohorts to be always right, all-knowing and infallible merely by being male. Somewhere there may be a wife who really does want her husband at those meetings, but this wife is suing for divorce and naming Promise Keepers as the cause.
I think the Promise Keepers are doing an excellent job of reaching men across the United States and undoing
the damage that was done by women's-liberation groups over the last three decades.
KAREN J. SEMESTER, Clinton, S.C.
PICKS & PANS
Your writers were a bit clueless when it came to the caption for the picture included in the review of Clueless. Stacey Dash (Dionne in the movie) is African-American and is obviously not the girl pictured.
KELLY BALUTA, Buffalo Grove, Ill.
You are correct. The actress shown was Elisa Donovan.—ED.