Whenever we run a cover story on Princess Diana (PEOPLE, Sept. 5), a number of correspondents weigh in with the fervent hope that we never do so again. Frankly, we're making no promises. On another subject, several sharp-eyed readers noticed that John F. Kennedy Jr.'s boat, pictured in Star Tracks, is registered as MS 109 PT and asked, since his father commanded PT-109, whether this is a coincidence. We don't think so.
Don't most of us rely on private conversations with those close to us, quiet moments alone, occasional professional help, high-spirited times with friends and the blessing of anonymity to grow, to alleviate pressure and to seek happiness? "Sneaking out through the kitchen" and jumping off a loading dock to "elude photographers" is clearly a plea for some peace and privacy. It would be so humane to remove the harrowing public spotlight from this young woman. By her policy of public silence about her marital ordeal, Diana remains loyal to the family that has withdrawn their support and thrown her to the media wolves. If she feels despair and has trouble finding her balance, is that surprising?
DIANNE YEE, Bellevue, Wash.
It seems as though Princess Diana's only chance for happiness is to do the same thing Elvis did: fake her death and live simply, peacefully and anonymously in northern Michigan.
GRETCHEN ANN MYERS BROOKS
Whether or not the rumors of Princess Diana's anonymous phone calls are true, it is obvious that she has reached her absolute lowest point. Nothing about Diana's over-discussed life today sounds glamorous, regal or even pleasant.
JOANNA DREIFUS, New York City
About the princess and the phone: What really blows my mind is that Mr. Hoare did not change his number after call No. 20.
SALLY PHILLIPS, Waldorf, Md.
I'm a woman on the edge! If I go to the mailbox and see Diana on the cover of PEOPLE again, I will go over the edge! I can't take much more!
CYNTHIA GEORGE, Wilmington, Del.
If Princess Di is on the cover one more time, I am going to scream.
HEIDI GLADFELTER, Tampa
When I read your article about Robby and Jan DeBoer and their new baby, Casey, I was so happy! I still remember the day Jessi was taken away. As I watched that heart-wrenching moment on the news, I picked up my 4-month-old son, hugged him and cried. I admire the DeBoers and their courage in trying again. I wish them a lifetime of health and happiness with Casey.
CARYN S. LEWIS, Nesconset, N.Y.
I cannot believe you have written another article concerning the poor DeBoers and their heart-wrenching losing battle for little Jessica. Jessica never was their daughter. If Mrs. DeBoer was such an emotional wreck from the experience of adoption, I don't think she has the right to care for another child until she gets some therapy and goes off the book circuit.
WILLIADEAN KEMPF, Bloomsburg, Penn.
My heartfelt thanks for your honest and compassionate portrayal of Melissa Etheridge and her life partner, Julie Cypher. I feel so affirmed when I see gay and lesbian people portrayed as rich, diverse, many-faceted human beings who enjoy the love and respect of those around them. You do a great service to our society by blowing a few more holes in the walls of homophobia.
MARK WOODS, Denver
I'm impressed. You didn't use the word "lesbian" in your article about Melissa Etheridge until the second paragraph.
AMY J. KENTER, Rockaway, N.J.
I, for one, would appreciate it if you would stop portraying gays and lesbians as normal. Melissa Etheridge and Julie Cypher are probably very nice people, but their lifestyle remains abnormal.
PATRICIA L. HANLEY
Wichita Falls, Texas
As an avid baseball fan, I am thoroughly disgusted by "Deadbeat Dad" Barry Bonds and Judge George Taylor. Before the strike, Bonds was only paying 5 percent of his salary for child support—a crime in itself. Now, as a result of greed, he is sitting around, collecting interest and endorsement money. I only hope that with all this time on his hands, he's at least spending some of it with his children, but somehow I doubt it.
SUSAN McCOY, Houston
I have been divorced for six years. The court awarded me 90 whole dollars a week, of which I have seen $300.1 feel just awful for Sun Bonds having her support reduced to only $20,000 a month. Maybe she should start a support group.
T. GEHRMAN, Wis.
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