The story of reluctant reservist Michael Ange, who sued the U.S. government for sending him to Saudi Arabia (PEOPLE, Dec. 3), brought the most mail this week—almost none of it sympathetic.
BEST & WORST DRESSED
About Rita Rudner's comment that Kiefer Sutherland and Julia Roberts
look like a movie titled The Virgin and the Drug Dealer: She's right. With Kiefer's sweet baby face and quiet, gentle demeanor, he does remind one of a virgin.
Concerning your trend-savvy panel's critique of Jennifer Capriati: Give the kid a break. Where were you at 14?
Paul M. Aguiar
I can't believe you wasted nine pages on how Hollywood stars dress. Who cares?
Becke Jill Prince
Thus far, Sgt. Michael Ange has the foundation for a successful political career. He has taken an oath, which he has failed to keep. He has taken the taxpayers' money to do a job he will not do. And he has learned to hide behind lawyers and legal double-talk to get out of an obligation that he entered into of his own accord. But if politics doesn't work, don't worry, Sergeant Ange, you still seem qualified to open a savings and loan somewhere in Texas.
Timothy Gerard Ferner
Little Rock, Ark.
As an Army veteran, I am ashamed to have shared the same uniform with soldiers like Ange. Maybe he has discovered the fine line between playing soldier and being one.
Cathay, N. Dak.
When my husband's Marine Corps reserve unit was called to active duty, he had to withdraw from his college night classes and leave a full-time job, which paid substantially more than the military. Unlike Michael Ange, my husband showed up for deployment ready to serve—as did thousands of other men and women. Rather than force Michael Ange to stay in Saudi Arabia where he would be of no use to those who serve with him, he should be required to spend his term of duty in the brig.
Virginia Beach, Va.
Whoever wrote the headline about Princess Caroline has evidently never lost anyone close. If they had, they'd know that grief does not go away a few short weeks after losing a spouse. Please give that poor Princess a break and leave her alone.
Casa Grande, Ariz.
PATRICIA AND THOMAS NICARICO
Thank you for the article on the Nicarico family. As a friend, I sat with them through part of this horrible experience and am filled with anger knowing our judicial system supports criminals while victims are trashed. When is society going to get angry enough with lawyers, corrupt judges and dirty politics to help the victims?
Walnut Creek, Calif.
The Tightness or wrongness of interning West Coast Japanese during World War II will be hotly debated as long as we of that time and generation live. If a check and an apology are in order, perhaps in order also is a like gesture from Japan for Pearl Harbor, Bataan and Corregidor.
Finally, Japanese-Americans are getting recognition of the wrongs done them during World War II. When will people realize that racism was behind their internment? I hope we've learned our lesson.
My sincerest appreciation for your article about Michael and Eleanor Jordan's being wrongfully accused of child abuse when their daughter had osteogenesis imperfecta—brittle bone disease. As unbelievable as the Jordans' story may seem, plights similar to theirs occur regularly. For information about OI, contact the Osteogenesis Imperfecta Foundation, Inc., P.O. Box 14807. Clearwater, Fla., 34629-4807.
We also were accused of abusing our 2½-year-old son. He was diagnosed with ITP, a virus that ate away at the platelets in his blood, causing him to bruise easily. He has recovered now, but the emotional turmoil has been devastating to us. I understand we need a system to catch child abusers, but this one is not working.
Susan Lynne Hapeman
Mount Vernon, Ill.
It was simply darling that former Milli Vanilli members Rob and Fab expressed relief that their deep, dark secret could finally be told. How graciously they returned the Grammy and promised to prove they can sing. Sorry, boys, your 15 minutes are up.