updated 12/14/1992 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/14/1992 AT 01:00 AM EST

While correspondents were positively giddy over the news of Oprah Winfrey's engagement (PEOPLE, Nov. 23), many were left in tears by the suffering of 10-year-old AIDS victim Whitney Williams, who mysteriously contracted the disease for no evident reason, despite belonging to none of the usual risk groups.

Oprah's show has made me laugh, cry, cheer and think about issues that pertain to us all. She is an ideal role model for women of all colors, sizes and shapes. She and Stedman are equally lucky to have found each other.
JULIE RAUH, Lake Forest, Calif.

Congratulations, Oprah and Sledman! While the idea of a whirlwind romance and wedding may sound more romantic to some people, I, for one, am glad that there are others out there who view marriage as a lifelong commitment worthy of serious consideration. Here's to a long and happy life together.
RHONDA K. KELLY, Marysville, Calif.

I hope Oprah and Stedman's story doesn't turn out like some of the great couples you wrote about in the past—Harry Hamlin and Nicollette Sheridan, Michelle Pfeiffer and Fisher Stevens, Kiefer Sutherland and Julia Roberts, Princess Di and Prince Charles, to name just a few.

The story of Whitney Williams, combined with the stories of all HIV and AIDS victims, should be enough to prove to our government that we must find a cure. No parent should have to watch their child die. This little girl haunts me.
DIANE PIKE, Victor, N.Y.

Maybe the world will open its eyes and realize you can get the AIDS virus no matter how old you are, male or female. My heart really goes out to Whitney Williams and her family.
TAMMY KYLE, Conroe, Tex.

I have read two articles in my life that brought me to tears. The first was your story of Ryan White's tragic death, and the second was Whitney Williams's struggle with AIDS. These articles make me appreciate my two beautiful, healthy little girls all the more. Could you please publish where other concerned parents like myself can send money to help the Williams family survive their crisis?
JODY HELLMAN, Rochester, N.Y.

Donations and letters may be sent to: Whitney Williams, c/o Bruce Williams, P.O. Box 355, Morton Grove, Ill. 60053—ED.

I empathize with the victims of carjacking in your article, since I also have been a victim. I drove into a busy gas station, with my doors locked and my windows up. Three guys waited till I opened the door to leave the car. The consequences of this crime limit the light we value most—freedom. Now my world has become a smaller and less secure place.
LORI JOHNSON, Upland, Calif.

What happened to Macaulay Culkin? He used to be a precocious darling. He has now become a pompous, spoiled brat.
IRENE KOCHISS, Friendswood, Tex.

When a 12-year-old states that his parents can't stop his TV viewing because he has his own set and a lock on his door, it's easy to see who is in control in that house. But maybe if I had a child bringing in millions, I'd let him run my house too.

I hope that Macaulay Culkin truly enjoys working on project after project and is not being prodded by pushy, overbearing parents. I can't think of any 12-year-old who has as much work as he does. If his parent don't ease up, Mack will be burned out by age 15.
DANA SCHELLINGS, Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

How dare you show a picture of a child star. Macaulay Culkin, on your cover with a cigar in his mouth! I would think Mack himself would have more sense than to be caught with anything other than a lollipop.
DEBRA KRULIK, Liberty Center, Ohio

It's bad enough that this obnoxious child is a role model for American youth, but you've made things ever so much worse. How many cancer deaths, decades from now, will be traceable to the image of a 12-year-old boy enjoying a stogie in your magazine.
DALE HOPPERT, Glendale, Calif.

Ralph Novak's denigrating review of Spike Lee's movie Malcolm X is a good example of Lee's concern that a lot of white reporters and writers just don't get it. Novak blames Lee's "lionization of a man with such a debatable social legacy." In my mind, Malcolm lives on in the hearts and minds of generations of black people as a powerful example of a black man who found self-empowerment.

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