The world may be their oyster, say readers, but supermodels Naomi Campbell
, Linda Evangelista and Christy Turlington (PEOPLE, June 11) are no pearls—cultured or otherwise. Correspondents blasted the trio—and us—for their shallowness. Elsewhere readers were divided about Mel Gibson and Goldie Hawn, but nearly unanimous in their support of police sobriety checkpoints like those set up by New Jersey state troopers.
GOLDIE AND MEL
One only needs to look at a picture of Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell to see how blissfully happy they are. I've always followed Kurt's career, and I have been a fan of Goldie's since 1978.1 was delighted when the two got together. Their priorities are straight, with family coming first, and to know they are still so in love is music to this devoted fan's ears.
My co-workers and I passed around this week's PEOPLE and were all in agreement—we were slightly nauseated. Your writer was duped by Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell. No couple we know could even begin to fit into one hour the cute phrases "Honey, Sweetie, Mookie, Poop," etc. Sounds like some deep-rooted hostility to us. No more fairy tales, please. And enough Goldie.
I do not understand why you continue to feature Mel Gibson. In an interview on CNN, Mel blasted your magazine by saying he kept your Sexiest Man Alive issue in his bathroom.
Judy Ann Prewett
We believe he should be able to keep it wherever he wants.—ED.
After reading the article on the friendship between models Christy Turlington, Naomi Campbell
and Linda Evangelista, I'm convinced that these women became friends with each other because no one else could stand them. They seem to have an undeservedly high opinion of themselves, considering the fact that their wealth and social status is a result of nothing more than genetic good fortune. I hope they enjoy the adulation while it lasts, because one day they won't be the hottest thing around, and they'll no longer be able to breeze past maître d's and nightclub doormen.
Garden Grove, Calif.
It is not true that all models are dumb and shallow. They are also conceited, egotistical, rude and annoying.
NEW JERSEY STATE TROOPERS
I wish the police in my home state would follow in the footsteps of New Jersey to try to discourage drunk drivers. I know it must be an inconvenience to have to sit in a line of traffic, but if I knew it might save my or someone else's life, I would be more than willing to tolerate the delay.
I am 100 percent on the side of not drinking and driving, but the problem here is that you have an infringement of people's basic rights. By the troopers' own admission, they nab only a few DWIs with 300 to 400 checks a night. Obviously that's not the place to do it. Why don't they go outside bars and check people? That way they wouldn't be tying up major thoroughfares, and any people inconvenienced would at least realize that if you are in a bar, you are subject to being scrutinized.
I thought Massachusetts was bad. At least here all drivers are stopped and checked during roadblocks, not every 10th. It is time for Americans to take back control of this country. The people of New Jersey should demand the resignation of the trooper commander, who has no regard for constitutional rights.
I'm the first to admit that I get impatient with long lines. But I hope I never see the day when I perceive a holiday roadblock as anything but what it is. I'm thankful for strategies that attempt to provide safer driving conditions. Individual rights are threatened every time a drinker gets behind the wheel.
Bowling Green, Ky.
As a New Jersey resident and the mother of three young children, I was proud to read your story of the sobriety checks our state police are holding. It's time to get aggressive and stop the slaughter of innocent victims on our highways.
Mount Holly, N.J.
After reading about Sam Jones the executioner, I concluded, yeah, it's a dirty job but somebody's got to do it. However, as to his statement "Life to me is black and white—there are no grays," I sometimes wonder if people who share his mindset aren't as potentially dangerous as the felons he executes.
Overland Park, Kans.