updated 07/23/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/23/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT

While many correspondents are convinced that 2 Live Crew and Madonna do cross the lines of obscenity (PEOPLE, July 2), most who wrote in would rather face the music than jeopardize their First Amendment rights by encouraging censorship.

If "He's no boy, and she's no toy," why did your article on Warren Beatty and Madonna focus so intensely on the insignificant liaisons of his past? Sure, each has a colorful past (most of us do), but they also have incredible talents and intellect. Maybe if your writers had considered these more important areas, they would have been able to give the Madonna-Beatty relationship a chance.
Daniel Lefebvre
Parish, N.Y.

Warren Beatty as Dick Tracy? Please! He doesn't look like he's got enough jets in his gyros to play Howdy Doody. Why didn't Mr. Beatty choose the obvious actor for the role—Bruce Willis? He's got the energy, the sex appeal, and he's got Tracy's nose.
Carole Janet Ruddy
Anaheim, Calif.

Just three months before our wedding, the man with whom I was madly in love not only told me to cancel the wedding but severed the relationship, citing "funny feelings." Although I now see that it was a blessing in disguise (I met the true man of my dreams over a year ago, and we plan to be married in October), at the time I was shocked, devastated and embarrassed. After weeks of tears and sleepless nights, with the help of God and countless friends and relatives, I recovered and went on with my life. It was the greatest learning experience of my life, but I wouldn't wish that pain on any human being.
Barbara Ann Longo
Barrington, R.I.

I'm sure some will look at 2 Live Crew's admittedly hateful lyrics and assert, "The line has to be drawn somewhere!" The problem is that once the lines of censorship have been established, they don't remain unchanged. They move and grow wider, until good art as well as bad art is obliterated. Insisting on total freedom is the only way to ensure that we retain any freedom.
Steve Omlid
San Francisco

I recently saw the words to 2 Live Crew's "As Nasty as They Wanna Be." The worst part is that the members of 2 Live Crew don't think there is anything wrong with their music. If they had any real talent, they wouldn't have to resort to such trashy, low-life, attention-getting actions. Doesn't anyone have a moral conscience these days?
Mary Lamir
St. Augustine, Fla.

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