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updated 01/17/1994 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 01/17/1994 AT 01:00 AM EST

Correspondents were disturbed and angry about the murder of 12-year-old Polly Klaas (PEOPLE, Dec. 20). Most were outraged that her accused kidnapper, Richard Allen Davis, was allegedly able to commit the crime while on parole following a previous kidnapping conviction.

POLLY KLAAS
I am just one young mother who is outraged at the notion that my beautiful children may require body-alarms 10 be safe from the Richard Davises of the world. To all you legislators and lawmakers, I say scrap the so-called three strikes, you're out legislation, which requires that criminals be given life sentences after three convictions for dangerous felonies. Why give these animals two extra chances to violate innocent people? Adopt legislation requiring only one violent crime against innocent children to bring the death penalty.
NAME WITHHELD

Polly Klaas would probably be alive today if judges were held responsible for their irresponsible decisions. Perhaps if the judge who granted Richard Allen Davis parole were to be tried as an accomplice to murder, he would have thought twice before he allowed a dangerous convicted felon to walk the streets and kidnap again—this time to murder.
PATRICIA E. MULLANEY
Portsmouth, N.H.

Under California law, Davis was automatically paroled after serving half his 16-year sentence. No judge or parole board was involved in the release.—ED.

Although your story about Polly Klaas was very touching, I'm wondering why all kidnapping and crimes against children are not treated with the same amount of publicity. Thousands of children are molested, raped, kidnapped and killed each year. I think it's time this country started treating all of these cases with equal seriousness.
KIMBERLY A. CORNELIUS
Huntington Beach, Calif.

I find it appalling that in the same week that we learn Polly's abductor had taken a "potpourri" of drugs before the kidnapping and murder, Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders suggested a study of the legalization of drugs to cut down the crime rate.
LOUISE MUENSTERMANN
Fountain Valley, Calif.

CONTROVERSY
Your article on the canceled production of The Shadow Box at Flowing Wells High School in Tucson left me a bit bewildered. Actor Michael Tucker complains, "It's very threatening to my business to be told what people can and cannot hear." The "people" in question are children. Fifth-grade students were going to view this production. As a taxpaying parent, I object to drama teacher Carole Marlowe deciding it is her job to expose 11-year-olds to profanity.
DENNIS A. ROYER
Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.

I'm only 15 years old, but even I have a better grip on reality than Flowing Wells principal Nic Clement. The Shadow Box deals with real problems in the real world. Mr. Clement is supposed to be a role model for his students. Fire him and hire Carole Marlowe. She sounds like an excellent teacher and someone to look up to.
RIANNON S. FISK, Osceola, Wis.

Our decision to cancel the unedited play was based upon sexually graphic language deemed inappropriate for high school. How ironic that the visiting Hollywood troupe chose to perform an edited version, devoid of most of the questionable dialogue. Their "censorship" resulted in completely missing the point of the controversy.
BARBARA ABRAHAMS, President Flowing Wells Governing Board, Tucson

THEODORE TAYLOR
As a sixth-grade teacher who reads about 15 to 20 novels each year with my students, it was with great pleasure that I read your wonderful article about Theodore Taylor. For years my students have been asking me, after we have finished reading The Cay, what happened next. Now that I have the prequel-sequel, I can finally answer their questions by lending them the book. I can't wait until it comes out in paperback so that I can afford more copies. Mr. Taylor's message of racial understanding is tremendously important today.
CYNTHIA E. PASCERI, Elkins Park, Pa.

BUDDY COX
Years ago my mother was a kindergarten teacher. One Christmas she asked her students what they wanted Santa Claus to bring. One child said, "Nothing. Santa doesn't visit poor kids." Thank goodness for people like Buddy Cox. He helps us remember what Christmas is all about.
N. McKEEVER, Lynn Haven, Fla.

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