Weight is an issue most people don't take lightly, and our correspondents proved to be no exceptions when it came to assessing Hollywood's celebrity dieters (PEOPLE, Jan. 13). Others were incensed by Mark Goodman's review of Oliver Stone's JFK.
Bravo to Delta Burke when she says, "I'm never going to he skinny." I have been 30 lbs. overweight for the past 20 years. My mother, my friends and even my clients attack my weight "problem" on a regular basis. To me this is the height of absurdity. The answer? I'm going to move to Spain where overweight women are the vogue and men appreciate something substantial to hug!
MAXINE ASHER, Los Angeles
Seven years ago. fed up with a bulbous behind and thighs that made cricket sounds when I walked. I took my 5'1" frame from 130 to 102 lbs. I have kept off every ounce. My magic formula consists of monitoring my food intake every day, holidays included, strenuous aerobic-exercise three to four times a week and the certain knowledge that no food tastes as good as being thin feels. That's the program, Delta. Take it or leave it.
DONNA NASH. Beaverton, Oreg.
I was astounded at how shallow and narrow-minded your Diet Wars reporters were. Imagine actually writing (and believing) the sentence, "But, in our society, is there such a thing as fat and happy?" There certainly is for those who are intelligent enough to look past a person's physical appearance to the mind, emotions and personality inside. Overweight people show more dignity and deserve more respect than the no-doubt slender author of that asinine statement.
PEGGY HOLT, St. Paul
I am disgusted by celebrities with bloated egos and bodies who strut around like peacocks when they lose weight, only to gain it back again, usually blaming public pressure to remain thin as their nemesis. Well, let me tell you something: If they weren't so high and mighty to begin with, there wouldn't be any public pressure. I never thought of Oprah
Winfrey as having been fat until I saw her in her size-6 jeans everywhere I looked. My advice to all these overweight stars is to lose your weight quietly, like I did. I lost 50 lbs. recently, and you don't see me on the cover of PEOPLE magazine. And that's how I like it.
MARGARETTE SLINGER, San Francisco
Your issue contains conflicting ideas about weight and diet. On page 70. a writer asks, "In our society, is there such a thing as fat and happy?" On page 48, pregnant pop singer Belinda Carlisle declares, "I'm eating a lot and getting used to being a fat pig." And on page 71 is an obituary for Walter Hudson, noteworthy because he weighed 1,125 lbs. Is there a lesson in this? And, um, could you please pass the chip dip?
DAW KANE, Canton, Ohio
I can't believe that Jane Fonda, the role model for enlightened womanhood, permitted herself to be "given away" during her December wedding to Ted Turner. Come on, Jane, women are no longer chattel to be passed from one male to another.
MARNIE THOMAS, San Pedro, Calif.
Cassandra Harris was indeed lucky to be married to Pierce Brosnan. Not because he is a "hunk," but because he was a loving, devoted husband. I here aren't many men who could care for an ailing wife as Brosnan did. He gave her the greatest gill anyone can give—his total love. My heart goes out to him in his sorrow.
RAMONA BUTALA, Walkersville, Md.
PICKS & PANS
JFK is a mesmerizing list of the troubling questions left unanswered in the botched Warren Commission investigation. Mark Goodman belittles these as unfortunate "loose ends." Sorry, Mr. Goodman' the assassination of a President cannot. even after 30 years, have loose ends, cannot afford unanswered questions. As we all know, over time people forget there are even questions to be asked. JFK, perhaps, reminds us a little.
JEFFREY SCOTT SIMMONS, New York City
JFK is an unsettling, eye-opening but important movie. After seeing the film, I read the two books upon which the movie was based. I challenge the movie's critics to read the books before denouncing the theories. After the shocking revelations about the CIA's foreign activities, is it so unbelievable that the CIA could Operate at home? I, for one, won't continue to slumber while the big boys play politics. I'm going to ask some questions.
KATHY FONTENOT, Humble. Texas
Come on, Mr. Goodman, whose back pocket are you sitting in? JFK is the most thought-provoking movie made. No, this movie does not answer the ultimate question, Who shot John F. Kennedy? It does make one powerful statement though—why, after all this time, don't we know who fired those fateful shots? I'm appalled and embarrassed that 28 years later we're still buying the Warren Commission's report. Why are there still secret documents locked away until the year 2029? I hope this movie at least makes the public angry enough to write their Congressmen and demand that the files be made public.
SANDRA MARSCH, Vista, Calif.