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updated 01/13/1992 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 01/13/1992 AT 01:00 AM EST

Several correspondents were angry over criticism of Magic Johnson by other readers in the Mail column (PEOPLE, Dec. 16). As one put it, "What happened to 'Judge not, lest ye be judged'?"

BEST & WORST DRESSED
I have never seen such tacky, tasteless attire in my life! The homeless in Atlanta are more fashionable than these stars. Where do they find these getups? With all the money they make, they should spend a few dollars on some decent duds or hire a fashion consultant.
BARBARA PRESLEY, Atlanta

I think Cher is much, much too old and obviously very insecure to always have to parade her bare bottom—or bare anything—to everyone. I would feel extremely humiliated to have a mother as raunchy as Cher.
LIBBY BARKER, Sherman Oaks, Calif.

WILLIAM KENNEDY SMITH
I am disgusted at the way the business people and tourists of Palm Beach made a joke out of the William Smith rape trial. I cannot believe people would buy and sell "Teddy's Best" ice cream and offer "Sex on the Beach" specials at bars. These people made a mockery of every woman who has ever been raped.
SUSAN YOUNG, Centereach, N.Y.

PATTI STALLINGS
The horrifying story of Patricia Stallings, wrongfully convicted of murdering her son who suffered from a genetic ailment, constitutes the strongest possible argument against capital punishment. I can't help wondering how many people over the years have been put to death on the basis of similar misconceived "evidence."
RUTH A. ROLAND, Baltimore

CHATTER
So Zsa Zsa thinks that if she had met Sean Connery when she was 17, they'd still be married with 10 kids? According to reliable reference material, I calculate that when Zsa Zsa was 17, Sean Connery was 4. She would have been back in court for sure!
KEN HORVATH, Covina, Calif.

MAIL
I am shocked at the letters written to PEOPLE condemning Magic Johnson. One of the facts these readers overlooked is that AIDS can be transmitted by one sexual encounter. That makes the number of women he slept with irrelevant. People need to realize that AIDS does not discriminate against anyone.
MONIKA SANCHEZ, San Leandro, Calif.

As much as I enjoy your magazine, I am often incensed by the caliber of others who read it. Magic Johnson is not a hero because he contracted the HIV virus. He is a hero because he is a living basketball legend. He is a hero because of his charity work and public support of worthy causes. He is a hero because he had the courage to come forth and tell the world that he has tested positive for this virus. He is a hero because of what he will do for the education of the public in regard to AIDS and therefore for the prevention of this disease among those who adore him. So get off your high horses and quit pretending that tragedy may never befall you.
SUSIE GORDON, Thousand Oaks, Calif.

Sins are forgiven. Sinners can become heroes, and Magic Johnson is a hero.
DONNA MIGLIORATO, Fern Park, Fla.

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