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updated 12/28/1992 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/28/1992 AT 01:00 AM EST

Michael Bolton fans viewed his appearance on our cover (PEOPLE, Dec. 7) as a case of virtue finally rewarded. Many could not resist sniping back at the singer's critics, and a few were wary of his relationship with Nicollette Sheridan.

MICHAEL BOLTON
You struck gold with your cover photo of Michael Bolton! Who cares what the critics think? It's the loyal fans he sings for who matter, and we are so happy for him and the success he has finally achieved.
DONNA GUSCOTT, Gainesville, Fla.

Your article was long overdue. It has been exactly 2 years, 7 months and 7 days since you last featured this talented performer.
HELEN ROGERS, Dumfries, Va.

I'm a sensible, conservative 40-year-old woman. For the first time ever I'm watching MTV and going to stores for Michael Bolton tapes. For some reason, watching and listening to him is like watching a good friend who has finally made it to the top. Mr. Bolton, enjoy!
CAROLINE J. KRACK, Fridley, Minn.

Eureka! I think I've got it: Michael Bolton—Engelbert of the '90s!
JUSTIN WARNER, New York City

I've spent a lot of time in the dark with Michael Bolton's music, and I bet you that the critics who carp about his "whine" are men. Women translate that "whine" to mean passion and romance. I know women who have only Michael's music to remind them that passion and romance still exist. Those critics should go home and "whine" to their wives or girlfriends. They would be amazed at the reaction.
ROSE FERGUSON, Metairie, La.

Nicollette Sheridan as a stepmother to three teenage daughters? Get real! I was one of those stupid fans that thought Michael Bolton had a little more depth than the average male out there today. Not! Michael, go have your fun, but when it comes to marriage, start thinking with your head.
A.J. REESE, Philadelphia

Michael Bolton has my vote for Sexiest Man Alive. Could you give him my number if things don't work out with Nicollette?
NANCY ALFORD, Jonesboro, Ga.

MAIL
Talk about sore losers! Those carping critics of Hillary and Tipper can't recognize real class when they see it. These lovely ladies are like a breath of fresh air. Their youth, beauty and intelligence add sparkle and zest to a disillusioned, weary world. No, they don't resemble other first ladies. They won't insist on designer dresses, nor will they coauthor a book with the family pooch. They have more to offer than that.
GRAYCE SHAPIRO, Oakhurst, Calif.

Despite the letters you printed, you have intelligent, educated women reading your magazine who are not put off or intimidated by the beauty and ambition of Hillary Clinton and Tipper Gore. Eat your hearts out, all you Stepford-wife-loving Republicans!
S.D. FOSTER, New York City

Just because Hillary Clinton and Tipper Gore are young, blond and enjoy life does not make them bimbos! Also, Barbara Bush does not have a monopoly on pearls. She is a wonderful woman, but give Hillary a chance.
EDIE KEISTER, Citrus Heights, Calif.

I think it's time we paid the First Lady a salary. The position is constantly referred to as a "job," and slavery was abolished over a century ago. In fact, Hillary deserves back pay. No other candidate's wife in history has had to give up a law practice, stifle her convictions, cut her hair and listen to Pat Buchanan before dinner.
ELLEN MURPHY, Edgewater, Colo.

PICKS & PAINS
I just returned from seeing the movie The Bodyguard. Obviously, Ralph Novak did not realize why Kevin Costner closes his eyes when he fires his gun. During that particular scene, Costner was chasing a gunman in very dense woods. His eyesight was secondary. It was crucial that he hear where the suspect was running. Anyone really paying attention to that scene would have recognized what Costner was doing.
CAROLYN A. WELKER, Westminster, Md.

Ralph Novak stands by his opinion that the scene in question was implausible. "Why close your eyes when it's dark out and you have to see your target?" he asks. "You don't close your eyes when it's dark and you are driving your car."
—ED.

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