updated 12/03/1990 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/03/1990 AT 01:00 AM EST

The death of the 3-year-old racehorse Go for Wand (PEOPLE, Nov. 12) drew the greatest number of letters this week, primarily from readers who regard racing as a form of animal abuse. On another front, correspondents were generally supportive of Demi Moore, Bruce Willis and their rumor-beset marriage.

I'm glad someone finally cleared up what has been said about Bruce and Demi's marriage. Before you know it, the tabloids will be saying BRUCE LEAVES DEMI FOR AN ALIEN. Or for Elvis.
Brad Harrison
Holden, Mass.

On behalf of Bruce and Demi, I would like to say that anyone who has time to gossip and concern themselves with someone else's business and life is in desperate need of a life of their own.
Lori A. Hook
San Diego

I enjoyed your coverage of the 126th anniversary of the Battle of Cedar Creek. As president of the Civil War Round Table of New York, I felt it important to participate and raise funds for the preservation of Cedar Creek Battlefields. But you missed a shot—of Richard Dreyfuss as a Confederate private. Our fellow Civil War buff got down-and-dirty just like the rest of us.
Patrick Falci
Rosedale, N.Y.

See Dreyfuss in Rebel gray, below left.—ED.

Rather than running a tribute to the racehorse Go for Wand and glorifying horse racing, you should have run an expose on the insidious goings-on in this terrible sport. This filly was not the first horse to shatter her leg and be destroyed at the track. It happens all the time. These horses are being ridden by the time they're 1½ years old and are racing by the time they're 2. A horse should be allowed to mature to the age of 3 or 4 before it is ridden at all. And don't think all these trainers and owners and jockeys don't know it. It's just that their greed is greater than the "love" they always profess for their horses.
Barbara Israel
Yucca Valley, Calif.

In racing there are many people like Billy and Rosemary Badgett who love their animals and treat them like family. Even that does not prevent suffering and death for the horses. Nature never intended for these animals to run so fast on a surface as hard as a racetrack. That was man's idea. Genuine compassion should dictate that racing be made much safer for the animals. Genuine humaneness would outlaw racing for the barbaric "sport" that it is.
Jane Walker
Franklin, Tenn.

Thank you, Angie Dickinson, for sharing your heartbreaking story. As the daughter of an Alzheimer's victim, I know firsthand the fear and frustration of watching a loved one disappear. I pray that your sister's story will renew public awareness of the disease and that funds, public and private, will be made available for research.
Victoria Ogg Starks
Webster, Tex.

Angie Dickinson's almost step-by-step explanation of the degeneration of her sister rings true of my dear, sweet mother, who has just entered the beginning of the last phase of this mystifying disease. To see how hard they are trying to understand breaks your heart. Thank you, Angie, for representing our loved ones (and their care givers too) in Washington. Let's look forward to insurance help, understanding and more research for sufferers.
Marty Lou Berglund
Cherry Hill, N.J.

I read your article about the people in Fargo, N. Dak., complaining about having to drive 250 miles to see a New Kids on the Block concert. They have nothing to complain about—what about us kids in Alaska? My friends and I have never seen a concert because the New Kids have never been up here. I think PEOPLE should have written that article on us, not North Dakota. What do you think the odds are for the New Kids coming to Alaska?
Rebecca Transue

"They would love to come to see you. But it's highly unlikely for the moment," says their booking agent. "Maybe in 1992."—ED.

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