09/05/1994 at 01:00 AM EDT
In general, correspondents were either slack-jawed with bewilderment or moved to hilarity by the marriage of Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley (PEOPLE, Aug. 15). A hardy few chose to reject easy cynicism and to treat the couple as they would any newlyweds—by wishing them all the best.
LISA MARIE & MICHAEL
I no longer fear death, because it is now obvious that on May 26, the day Lisa Marie Presley married Michael Jackson, hell froze over!
ROD L. GOEMAN, Madison, S. Dak.
If Elvis were dead, he'd be rolling in his grave.
LAURIE O'CONNOR STEPHANS, North Aurora, Ill.
And I thought Julia and Lyle were an odd couple!
HOWARD SHAPIRO, New York City
Before Michael and Lisa Marie have a baby, I hope someone explains to them that plastic surgery is not a genetic trait.
JOANIE KENSIL-BRADSHER, Phoenix
Your story reported that perhaps Priscilla Presley is not overjoyed about this marriage. Well, maybe for the first time she is feeling threatened about the influence and control she has over Lisa Marie and, therefore, the Presley estate.
SUSAN PEDERSON, Clifton, N.J.
I am getting tired of everyone speculating why Michael married Lisa Marie. Why does anyone get married (most of the time)? Both Michael and Lisa Marie have had difficult lives, and I wish them both lots of peace and happiness.
KENNETH LAMANTIA, McHenry, Ill.
What a mean-spirited article. I hope a year from now—for Michael and Lisa Marie's anniversary—you apologize and publicly eat your words. (And I hope you pay big bucks to publish a photo of their child.)
CAROLINE MORTON, New York City
Let's get real—all they want is each other's money and makeup.
J. EDWARDS, Warden, Wash.
You quote Lisa Marie Presley-Jackson about the benefits she has received from Scientology. Unfortunately, a few inaccuracies found their way into the article. Millions of people from all walks of life have applied Scientology to become more able, alert and aware of themselves as spiritual beings. Those in the arts find Scientology enhances their creativity. Scientology provides solutions to the problems people encounter in their daily lives. Because of this, the Church of Scientology has grown to more than 1,500 churches, missions and groups in 105 countries. The way to find out the truth about Scientology for yourself is to read a book or visit one of our churches.
KAREN POUW, Public Affairs Director, Church of Scientology International, Los Angeles
Once again, nature and biology apparently will triumph over nurture and bonding. Why do our courts persist in placing so much emphasis on biology, when there is ample evidence that biology is no guarantee of love or commitment? Baby Richard has a home, love and a family. What do these three words mean to our judicial system?
CARMEN BLANCO, Miami
Your article makes us ask the same question that we asked ourselves during the Baby Jessica custody dispute: Why should innocent children pay for the irresponsible behavior of adults? If Baby Richard's biological father loved his girlfriend so much and wanted a child so badly, why did he leave her six months pregnant without any apparent financial support while he was to be away? Nothing can justify the cruel act of taking a child away from the only parents he knows. These men in black robes must stop tearing families apart.
CARY CHICOLA, Miami
Why not put both sets of parents in a room with Baby Richard and see whom he runs to? Adoptive parents have rights too, as do the children they raise wholeheartedly. Daniella and Otakar Kirchner are nothing more than strangers to Baby Richard. When he's of age, let him contact them if he's interested.
KAREN K. HORN, Philadelphia
It amazes me that in a country where the right to choose is a legal option for women, a doctor who chooses to administer abortions in a safe, clean medical atmosphere has to have armed escorts to do his job. Paul Hill allegedly terminated two human lives, one in the 276th trimester and one in the 296th. When are all these so called prolifers going to quit worrying about unborn life and start worrying about all the abused, unwanted children who already inhabit the world?
JENNIFER BROWN, LaConner, Wash.
I am disgusted with a society that has people labeling themselves as "pro-life" out killing doctors who are just doing their job. As a prolifer myself, I would just like to say that not only is this man a disgrace to all true pro-life activists, but it brings me to rethink my stance on this whole issue. I wonder if secretly that was Paul Hill's intention.
ANNIE CONSTANCE, Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich.
When are the women in this country going to get really angry about men killing abortion doctors? A woman's right to choose has never been a male issue and shouldn't be.
JOYCE SCOTT, Danville, Ark.