updated 03/26/1990 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 03/26/1990 AT 01:00 AM EST
It appears that Maria Maples knows The Art of a Deal better than The Donald.
I cannot believe Maria Maples's hometown is so proud of her. They should be ashamed and embarrassed.
Not everyone in Dalton feels that ruining a marriage (especially where children are concerned) is the in thing. Maria Maples may have dollar signs and sex on her mind, but let that be her reputation.
Mary Ann Newton
Give us a break! Most of us in Dalton are simple people—hardworking, God-fearing and family-oriented. By the way, could you check and see if Donald has a brother?
How can anyone pass judgment on the decision of the Ayala family to have another child in hopes that she will be a bone-marrow match for their daughter, Anissa? Is there anyone who can honestly say that they would not do the same?
I am sorry for the Ayala family and the unfortunate situation they find themselves in. But to manufacture a "spare parts" child to save another makes me wonder if we will see a new growth industry from this. This new baby should be able to decide for herself, when she is old enough, what will be done to her body.
Spring Arbor, Mich.
I was livid when I read that a donor was found for Anissa Ayala and he backed out. Spineless coward! I was a donor for my sister two years ago. She is cured. I want every possible donor to know it is a simple procedure, with almost nonexistent risk and minimal discomfort (not pain). I used to roll my eyes whenever I was praised by people for my "great sacrifice." My reply was, "It never occurred to me not to do it." If you have the power to save a life, how can you turn away?
Margaret A. Manz
Sterling Heights, Mich.
Following many press reports filled with self-righteous cynicism and detached abstract pondering, your story on Mary and Abe Ayala's potentially lifesaving baby brought the issue back to human terms, where it belongs. The real solution for the 9,000 Americans like Anissa who will die for lack of a matching marrow donor is to increase the donor pool beyond the 89,000 now registered. Your readers can save someone's life by calling Life-Savers at 900-990-1414 to learn more about the process, as noted in your story. Each caller will be charged $5, which will cover telephone, mailing and printing expenses for each packet of materials requested.
Rudolf L. Brotoco, M.D.
Life-Savers Foundation of America
Your story on homelessness by Roy Rowan was exceptional. It depicted the plight of the homeless from an interesting perspective. It seems too many people are wound up in themselves and with their own greed to take time to notice the extent of the problem.
Barry J. Webne
How could any person concerned enough with the plight of the homeless to live like one for two weeks witness the efforts of an elderly man struggling to stand without offering assistance? Roy Rowan could. As a reporter, he "wanted to see what would happen" if he didn't offer help. Because Mr. Rowan failed to lend a helping hand, the elderly man urinated on himself. Because Mr. Rowan could not put aside his journalistic objectivity and act like a decent, caring human being, this man had to suffer the humiliation of his inability to care for himself. Mr. Rowan's lack of integrity is disgraceful and only serves to reinforce the already negative perceptions the public has of journalists.
Kelli L. Hawkins
Roy Rowan replies, "Journalistic integrity involves reporting faithfully what goes on, not participating in the event."—ED.
As a psychiatric social worker, I was appalled by Roy Rowan's comment regarding the mentally ill homeless as "crazies turned loose from psycho wards." I think that an apology is in order for those of our population who suffer mental illness and are unfortunate enough to wind up on our streets due to an affliction they have no control over. I, for one, am insulted by Mr. Rowan's lack of empathy.