updated 11/27/1995 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 11/27/1995 AT 01:00 AM EST
DIANA & CAMILLA
If an American First Lady took Prozac, saw two therapists, was bulimic, attempted suicide, made crank phone calls to an unrequited love, got involved in extramarital affairs, including being the corespondent in a broken marriage, spent large amounts of money on clothes, only stayed with her husband for a title and didn't even have a high school diploma, you, the writers of PEOPLE, would rake her over the coals. I find myself asking why the much-maligned Charles would prefer the older, if less attractive Camilla. The answer appears to be that he is not the shallow one. Perhaps Charles sees no depth nor substance in Diana, so why do you?
MARY ANN FROST, Wayne, Pa.
Why not spin off a separate magazine on Di and the other bloody Brits to free up some pages in PEOPLE?
DAVID JACKINO, Cary, N.C.
Diana is a priceless gem that Britain had better not take for granted. If only we had such a pillar of strength and bravery to look up to in this country. If the Queen had a bit of common sense, she would encourage a divorce, get rid of Charles and crown Diana.
MELISSA CLOUGH, Bountiful, Utah
PICKS & PANS
In response to David Ellis's comment about the proceeds of Working Class Hero: A Tribute to John Lennon being used to neuter dogs and cats, I'm sorry he feels the cause so "unexciting." How does he feel about the rampant stray animal overpopulation problem this country faces? Is he completely insensitive to the pain these innocent creatures endure, some barely surviving in harsh elements both natural and man-made? His flippant remark was both cruel and uninformed. He ought to confine his opinions to what he is reviewing.
LEE CHAMBERS, Springfield, Mass.
When your television critic David Hilt-brand called me to discuss the new format of CBS This Morning, he was filled with praise for the program we did on Bette Midler, the great news-making hour we spent with Colin Powell and the energy of our revamped broadcast. Then I open the following week's PEOPLE to find David referring only to one program he didn't like in the new format and making snide comments comparing two excellent journalists (Harry Smith and Paula Zahn) covering important issues (race, violence, children's and parents' rights) with the rehearsed and staged performers of the talk show world. No wonder it's tough to give Americans quality television. They're told not to watch it by cynical journalists with no respect for the audience's intelligence.
JAMES MURPHY, Executive Producer, CBS This Morning, New York City
David Hiltbrand replies: "Mr. Murphy misrepresents my participation in our interview. I certainly did express admiration for Bette Midler, but at no time did I praise his show. He is confusing politeness with enthusiasm."—ED.
My compliments to photographer Paul Skipworth on his portrait of 189 world leaders. I have trouble getting one husband, two sons and one cat together for a snapshot at Christmas. Great job, Paul, but are you sure there wasn't just one world leader still in the restroom?
JONESSA BRITTAN, Vacaville, Calif.
Isn't it nice that Republican Enid Wadholtz can bring her baby to the office and still have time to vote for legislation cutting funds from social programs aiding poor women and children. Too bad millions of working mothers around the country who can barely afford day care don't have the same privileges. What is being portrayed as the "family friendly" Congress by the Republican leadership is really business as usual: special treatment for the 535 members of Congress that no other working American I know enjoys.
JULIA FLEMMA, Darien, Conn.