updated 01/18/1993 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 01/18/1993 AT 01:00 AM EST

Another cover featuring Princess Diana (PEOPLE, Dec. 21) produced the usual outpouring of complaints about our presumed fixation with the royal family. This time, however, an equal number of readers rose to our defense.

I suppose the mailboxes are already crammed with letters protesting yet another Di cover, so I want you to know that I expected it, I'm glad, and it's a great one. I challenge the "Di-detractors" to name one person, male or female, American or otherwise, as attractive and interesting as Diana.
M.G. COOK, Chandler, Ariz.

I enjoy reading tidbits about the royal family. I would have been more than satisfied, however, with one tenth of what has been scrawled across the pages of so-called news publications in this country. Diana and Fergie must have known about the "public eye" when they married into royalty, but what the press has done in the name of informing the public is atrocious and intrusive. The media is like flies on dead meat—even worse, like flies on an open wound. Shame on you and everyone else who swarmed to feast on the injured beast.
KAREN ARROWOOD, Fond du Lac, Wis.

I have three words for those with constant complaints about Princess Diana on the cover of your magazine: Turn the page! There are plenty of other interesting articles, even if you choose to exclude those on the royals. Do you read the newspaper even if you don't like the front-page headlines? Remember, the name of the magazine is PEOPLE, not PERSON, so get past the cover and enjoy the rest.

Can you imagine King Charles greeting guests at a social function in a few years as a solo? I can just see him gritting his teeth and saying, "I'm sorry the Queen is late, but she stepped out about 10 years ago...!" No way!
ANN TROHA, Joliet, Ill.

Yeah! Right on, "Naked Dude!" If Andrew Martinez wants to walk around campus naked, who is he hurting? Absolutely nobody! I applaud his individuality and dedication to his beliefs and principles. Queen Victoria reigned and died decades ago, yet her repressive and depressing moral codes are still with us. As for the women who feel sexual harassment from looking at a naked man, it would seem that they have bigger problems to deal with than Mr. Martinez!

Why doesn't Mr. Martinez get out of that California sun and transfer to a university in New England next January? I bet it won't take long for him to figure out why even very basic clothing is a necessity!

The world's greatest institution, of which I am a second-year student, has recently been plagued by two unsolved murders, outrageous tuition hikes, devastating budget cuts, an assassination attempt on its chancellor, a graduate student-teacher strike and the ever present People's Park controversy. Yet the media chooses to focus on an academically unimpressive student groping for the national spotlight. The University of California at Berkeley, despite the claims of the Naked Guy, is still the center of tolerance and multiculturalism. I, along with the university and many of its students, do not consider a man's choice to not wear clothes as an inherent human right. Believe me, I am definitely not the only Berkeley student or resident who is tired of hearing about, being asked about, and seeing the Naked Guy.

As someone who works in the field of alcohol and drug recovery, and as a recovering alcoholic, I was very disturbed by the use of the term "cure" in the article written on singer Billy Preston. As anyone educated in the disease of alcoholism knows, there is no cure. Remission is possible when a program of recovery is lived on an ongoing basis. The question is asked in this article, "Will a cure finally take?" No, a "cure" will never take, but Mr. Preston can certainly learn to live life as a happy, joyous and free recovering person by taking one day at a time with the help of his Higher Power and the support of other recovering people. My prayers are with him.
NANCY HAMILTON, Whit tier, Calif.

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