updated 10/17/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/17/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Some weeks it just doesn't pay to open the mail. Correspondents blistered our hide this week for putting O.J. Simpson on the cover (PEOPLE, Sept. 26) instead of the late actress Jessica Tandy. Just in case we missed the point, Stephanie Luxford of Vienna, Va., broke it to us gently. "You people are low-class, trash-glorifying idiots," she wrote. "Jessica would probably not want to be on your cover anyway."

With regard to your article on O.J. Simpson's life while awaiting trial, I can only say that poor O.J. should stop and realize how lucky he is to even have a "grim" life today. Does he have any idea what Ron Goldman or Nicole Simpson would give just to be alive? Please, no more articles on O.J. His arrogance in the face of the brutal crimes with which he is charged is intolerable.
JANICE S. KNAPP, Stamford, Conn.

Ronald Goldman and Nicole Simpson are bound every day by a space six feet long, three feet wide and six feet deep. Please do not insult their families with reports on Mr. Simpson's living conditions.

It amazes me that O.J. Simpson is "not thrilled about the food" in the Los Angeles County Men's Central Jail. Pancakes, fruit, lasagna, fresh salads, beef stew, rice...heck, he eats better than I do.

A small room. A seatless toilet. A single chair. A foam-mattress bed. No fresh air. Hey, O.J., life's rough. But at least you have a life. Sorry, mister, no sympathy here. Enjoy your time in hell.
LYNN HALL, Anderson, Ind.

Well, you did it again. O.J. will be around for a long while, and you will have plenty of time to put him on your covers, but unfortunately Jessica Tandy will not be.
NANCY MCCLINCHY, Gladstone, Mich.

Let me see if I have this right. Jessica Tandy, a gracious, beloved, Oscar-winning actress whose career spanned 50 years, dies after a courageous four-year battle with ovarian cancer, during which she continued to act. She rated a two-page article. Gracing the cover is O.J. Simpson (again!) with a whiny five-page article about his small cell, his visitors, his uncomfortable bed and even a photo of his not-so-tasty lasagna lunch! You fools really don't have a clue, do you?
SHEILA HURTEAU, Orleans, Mass.

You call your article Tribute? Devoting only two pages to the life of a legend is hardly a tribute.

When PEOPLE figures it can sell more issues with O.J. Simpson on the cover instead of Jessica Tandy, society has surely taken a nosedive.
LYNN CALAMAN, New Cumberland, Pa.

Your Tribute to the fabulous Jessica Tandy was lovely, but the best part of it had to be the breathtakingly beautiful color portrait by photographer Harry Benson. I don't think I've ever seen a picture of Ms. Tandy anywhere that defined her better.
LUCILLE VAN DUSEN, Wrightstown, N.J.

Miss Daisy got there and back in a Hudson—not a Packard.
JOHN L. KIME, Redmond, Wash.
Right you are.—ED.

When are women celebrities going to trade their red ribbons for pink ones? It is sad to see so many women at Hollywood award ceremonies not wearing pink ribbons, the universal sign for supporting a breast cancer cure. Breast cancer is the leading cause of death for women ages 35 to 54, and sadly the treatment for breast cancer hasn't changed in over a decade. Any woman may be diagnosed next, and breast cancer isn't glamorous. R. DENISE ROBINSON, Kennesaw, Ga.

The spin put on the marriage of James Carville and Mary Matalin has been that opposites attract. However, Carville and Matalin are exactly alike—they are both sycophants for sale to anybody foolish enough to waste money on them. The success of such callow types is yet anther nauseating illustration of the incestuous way in which power is exercised in Washington.

With the possible exception of Frank and Kathie Lee Gifford, is there a more uninteresting couple than Mary Matalin and James Carville?
B.J. BOOTH, San Francisco

If Marianne Faithfull was truly clean and sober, she wouldn't be relaxing with a glass of wine. Any addict who is honestly working a recovery program knows that any mind-altering substance (including alcohol) is contraindicated, not just his or her "drug of choice."

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