Because of our 20th Anniversary double issue, we are combining two Mail pages this week. Though the Olympics are over, correspondents were still up in arms over l'affaire Tonya Harding and not particularly sympathetic concerning her troubled past (PEOPLE, Feb. 14). Our cover story on Melrose Place had avid viewers cheering their favorite nighttime soap opera (PEOPLE, Feb. 21), though a disapproving few feel the show sets a poor example for young people.
If your article on Tonya Harding was an attempt to gain our sympathy, forget it! So her parents divorced, she moved eight times growing up, and her stepbrother tried to kiss her. Big deal! I've heard, seen and been through worse than that. Millions of kids have to deal with divorce, sexual and physical abuse, moving from one homeless shelter to another, and worse. None of them will ever be given the opportunity to grab the brass ring. Go play your violin someplace else, Tonya! I don't want to hear it!
JESSE HARRISON, Phoenix
Kathleen Sullivan may have been difficult to work with, but the fuss over her gray hair and weight escapes me. Is everyone supposed to be a Barbie doll clone? Has anyone observed some of the weathermen on the news lately?
INEZ E. ANDERSON, Dade City, Fla.
Old, unattractive? Not to my eyes! Kathleen Sullivan was the reason I watched CBS This Morning. When CBS dumped her, I dumped This Morning.
BRUCE BAER, Lewiston, N.Y.
I am a busy homemaker, wife and mother. My days consist of Barney, carpools, diapers, baby bottles, buying dog food and getting dinner on the table. My husband works 65 hours a week, Our weekly "high" happens every Wednesday night at 9 p.m. Thank you, Melrose Place, for keeping us going!
Thank you for satisfying my Melrose fix until next Wednesday night. As a fellow member of Generation X, I have but one question: Won't Shue be my neighbor?
MAUREEN GALLIVAN, Camillus, N.Y.
"Two-timers, backstabbers, bedhoppers. Is this great TV or what?" And parents wonder why they have problem children! Because of shows like Melrose Place, we are seeing our children's values break down, one episode at a time.
I was a classmate of Kathleen Battle's at the University of Cincinnati Conservatory of Music in 1970-71. My impression of her reputation was that it was one of graciousness, generosity, professionalism, cooperation and total absence of arrogance. She has a talent of monumental proportions, a voice unlikely to be replicated in a lifetime. If she has become a "maddening prima donna," the operatic community would be well served to examine its own insular, ego-powered, viciously competitive structure to see how and why this change has occurred.
J. KAIN ARNOLD, Bellefonte, Pa.
It does happen in real life! What started as a brief comment on the computer screen turned into on-line conversations, eventually a telephone call and finally a meeting in person. Within two months of that first comment "Dix 6" moved from New Hampshire to Pennsylvania to be with "Peggy Sue." The fun part is watching people's faces when we try to explain how we met!
PEGGY SUE HOLTZINGER, Palmerton, Pa.
Your heartwarming article on computer romances neglects to tell the other side of the story. My close friend watched her 14-year marriage fall apart as her husband fell in love with a woman he'd never seen and who lived 3,000 miles away. Maybe you should show how romantic it is to see lives crushed. Four children whose father simply dissolved their family to be with another woman, and a young stay-at-home mother with virtually no education suddenly trying to pick up the pieces and support her family. She didn't have a clue until the phone bill arrived.
I had to "snicker" when I read about Harold Vogel. Where's his brain, out in the "milky way"? He signed the prenuptial agreement; why should it lie overturned because he didn't know how rich Jacqueline was? He should get a job and do what I do when I get depressed—eat a bag of M&Ms Peanuts!
DEBRA ALLNUTT, Gaithersburg, Md.
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