updated 11/21/1994 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/21/1994 AT 01:00 AM EST

Correspondents took turns lambasting us for once again putting Princess Diana (and, yes, Prince Charles) on the cover (PEOPLE, Oct. 31) and congratulating us for our stories on Rep. Jim Moran, whose 3-year-old daughter, Dorothy, is suffering from a brain tumor; the Weaver family of Pennsylvania, who perished in the crash of USAir Flight 427; and Audrey Hepburn.


Two weeks ago when I saw Princess Diana on your cover, I refrained from complaining. Today when I opened my mailbox and saw the cover, I couldn't contain myself any longer. Enough is enough.
JULIE WISE, Fort Smith, Ark.

Is Prince Charles the first royal to find himself in a loveless marriage? Is he the first royal to have committed adultery? I think not. It seems to me that, among royalty, the prince's actions regarding his marriage and faithfulness are more the rule than the exception. I'd like to tell the bunch of them to get a life.
JEAN CAMPBELL, Clearwater, Fla.

There's an old adage: "The nicest thing a man can do for his children is to love their mother." Charles the Shallow had maybe best abandon his interest in conservation and architecture and get on the problem of raw sewage, in which the House of Windsor is awash!

While reading your cover story on Prince Charles, I recalled Thomas Jefferson's perceptive comment: "Take any race of animals, confine them in idleness and inaction, whether in a stye, a stable or a stateroom, pamper them with a high diet, gratify all their sexual appetites, immerse them in sensualities, nourish their passions, let everything bend before them, and banish whatever might lead them to think, and in a few generations they become all body and no mind.... Such is the regimen of raising Kings."
RON HICKMAN, San Jose, Calif.


It's too bad that Rep. Jim Moran had to find out about the need for universal health care in such a tragic way. However, to limit UHC to children only because they are "innocents" seems out of touch with reality. What if it had been his wife and not his daughter? The congressman needs to rethink his new position. Children are not the only ones who get sick.
SALLY SMITH, Arcadia, Calif.

The article on little Dorothy Moran's brain tumor made me think of that moment when I was told my son had a malignant brain tumor. He underwent brain surgery and radiation therapy and is now cancer-free. Since his tumor was on the pituitary gland, he has to take daily medications, one of which costs $40,000 a year. Luckily, I am employed, with good health-insurance benefits. However, I must stay in my job in order to maintain these benefits. Any career change, move or advancement cannot be considered. I hope Rep. Moran's story will help the fight for universal coverage of children.


Thank you for reminding me why I subscribe to PEOPLE. After endless stories on the royal family, O.J. and Oprah, thank you for spotlighting five people who made an impact on the lives of all who knew and loved them and who now, with your help, are impacting all of us who never had the privilege.
ERIN MCNUTT, Thousand Oaks, Calif.

To successfully live a quiet, decent, dignified life and raise a healthy, loving family is unheard of in today's cynical, tragedy-loving press. But that's what the Weavers managed to do. In their own quiet way they made their community,, and the world, a little bit better place—all without headlines. What happened to the Weaver family is truly tragic. What is worse is that in our society, and particularly in the press, families like them have to die to get noticed.
RUSSELL G. HILL, Berea, Ohio

I was a close friend of Earl Weaver through church and our almost daily noontime running together. Earl, I'll always remember you, and you, Kathy and the kids will always be missed. I thank Earl's dad and mom for allowing PEOPLE to write this article and letting the nation get a glimpse of what a fine, sincere and caring person Earl was and what a wonderful family he was a part of.

Since Audrey Hepburn was someone who always kept her private life private, it was a rare treat to learn more about her family from those closest to her. As one of her many fans, I truly appreciate it.

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