updated 01/30/1995 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 01/30/1995 AT 01:00 AM EST

Though some correspondents were happy for Christie Brinkley and Heather Locklear, others considered Brinkley's mountaintop second marriage (PEOPLE, Jan. 9), following so quickly after her divorce from Billy Joel, a Rocky Mountain low in the matter of taste.

While I respect Christie Brinkley's right to live her life as she chooses, I wonder why you glamorize a woman who became engaged to a second man while still married to the first, marries when she is four months pregnant with her fiancé's child and, to top it all off, announces the sex of the baby as a "surprise" at the wedding reception! Please, I am not a prude, but I think this is excessive. Is this really your idea of a newsworthy story? Give me the inventors, the good Samaritans, the real-life stories of people who make a difference. That's what I've come to expect from PEOPLE.

Besides modeling, horseback riding and heli-skiing, we can add gold digging to Christie Brinkley's accomplishments. It's okay, Billy. We always wondered what a hardworking piano player from Long Island saw in her anyway.
CATHY ANASTASI, Hollidaysburg, Pa.

What a refreshing way to start the new year! Your cover story on Christie Brinkley and Heather Locklear was a nice change from all the upsetting and sad stories we hear each day.

This will be my 20th year of sobriety. While reading the story about Terry McGovern, I started to quietly cry. I was totally unprepared for my reaction. I felt I was reading my own story, except that I survived. My heart breaks for the McGoverns, and my admiration for them is immeasurable.

I have sat down many a time trying to find the words to express myself the way George McGovern has. For almost three years, we went through similar circumstances, and I have been trying to explain what happened to my son. My deepest sympathy to the McGoverns, and I thank him for putting into words what I and many other parents know but just can't seem to say.

What a wonderful father to write such a loving tribute to his daughter.
LYNN RICCIO, Stratford, Conn.

After reading your article on sisters, I sat back and reminisced on all the wonderful moments in my life that my only sister and I shared. Even though there are now a thousand miles between us, our bonds and love for each other remain as strong as if we were still just a block a part. Thank you for helping all of us who are fortunate enough to have a sister remember that a sister is a best friend for life.
CAROLINE THORN, Mt. Pleasant, S.C.

My wife was buried in September. In July 1992, we received medical advice that because of my wife's age (29), her cancer-free family history and the results of a recent physical exam that found her in excellent health, the mass my wife discovered was nothing to worry about. The truth about breast cancer is that it knows no age. Why then do medical associations and research groups concentrate on screening postmenopausal women? I'm concerned that the "experts" in this field are overlooking the ever-growing numbers of younger patients. It was eight months after we received the medical opinion that my wife decided something was wrong. By then, eight months had been too long. For those in a similar situation, don't hesitate. I know three other friends who have died or will die from breast cancer. None are older than 35.
MARK GOTTLIEB, North Hills, Calif.

Lauren Holly must have been quoted out of context, or else you should have put a heading of "dumbest" over her blurb. If she really believes she would "be considered really pretty as a teacher" compared to everyone else, then she needs to go back to school to learn some manners.
SCOT YONAN, Bloomingdale, Ill.

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