updated 05/08/1995 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/08/1995 AT 01:00 AM EDT

The April 17 issue of PEOPLE was our first ever to have two different covers. In Texas and several neighboring states, readers were presented with a cover story on the murdered 23-year-old Tejano singer Selena. Our cover in the rest of the U.S., where Selena was not as well-known, featured the cast of the hit sitcom Friends.

Thank you for feeling our pain and for doing an article on Selena with integrity. She was not only a talented singer, she also represented hope for our young generation of Hispanics. She opened the doors for many Tejano musicians with her talent and charm. We will miss her greatly and love her always.
KIM BALDRIDGE, Austin, Texas

When I die, I want to go to heaven, because now I know there's Tejano music up there.

You've got class! You truly showed respect for Selena's family, friends and the Hispanic culture by devoting your cover to her for her fans and admirers here in Texas.
LINDA R. GOMEZ, Port Lavaca, Texas

Shame on you and anyone else for referring to Selena as "Latin music's Madonna." Based on the interviews I've seen these past few days on the Spanish channels, I can tell you that Selena was no Madonna. She was an honest, generous, decent and honorable person. She couldn't be a Latin Madonna on her worst day.
CAROL LAFFITE, Burbank, Calif.

I am writing to say how prejudiced I feel you are, since you ran the cover of Selena only in certain states. How racial! Just because she was Mexican, you feel she is not important enough to sell magazines on a nationwide scale. Let me tell you, she has fans all over this country, not just in the South.

It's a pity my friends and family in Los Angeles, Chicago and Miami, where there are huge Hispanic populations and where candlelight vigils were held in Selena's memory, won't get to see your article on this fine young lady.

Though Selena did not appear on our cover in those cities, our story on her death appeared in every issue of the magazine.—ED.

As a twentysomething myself, I identify with the gently pessimistic but always witty banter between the characters on Friends. In fact, as an English teacher, I prescribe watching Friends to my students for clever dialogue and well-drawn characters. By the way, I told my students that if Matthew Perry and I ever met, it would be A's for everyone!
DANA THOMPSON, Burbank, Calif.

What a refreshing article. What makes this group work is the fact that they all get along offstage. It sounds as if they all left their egos at home.
West Nottingham, N.H.

If Matthew Perry is destined to die alone, there really isn't any justice in the world! Ever visit Chicago, Matt?
LESLIE SMITH, Oak Forest, Ill.

How unfair to beautiful Lisa Kudrow to be upstaged by an address label! She deserves a solo cover next time.
PATRICIA COBBETT, Clifton Springs, N. Y.

When his daughter Nancy receives a payment for baring it all in Playboy, Frank Sinatra advises her, "Tell them to double it" Then he turns around and dismisses his old friend Shirley MacLaine's latest book with "It's amazing what a broad will do for a buck." Come on, Frank, don't be a hypocrite.
New Hyde Park, N.Y.

I was very much touched by the article on Terry Blocker, who searched for and found his teammate David Shotkowski's killer at his own risk, then turned down the reward. Mr. Blocker may be disappointed he didn't make baseball's major leagues, but in my estimation he has made the major leagues of life.

How refreshing to read that a man of Mr. Skerritt's stature and maturity is looking for a woman of intelligence, humor and maturity, and what a coincidence it is that I possess all three.
B. SCHULZ, Caro, Mich.

If Tom Skerritt is looking for a brush with love, I'd like to volunteer to be his canvas.

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