updated 09/10/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/10/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Our story on Connie Chung's efforts to beat the biological clock (PEOPLE, Aug. 20) struck a chord with readers, many of whom said they had faced the same frustrations. But it was the story of Billy Strenge, the 13-year-old boy paralyzed in an ATV accident, that brought the most mail, with most correspondents expressing compassion for Billy but placing responsibility for the accident on his parents.

Your article on Connie Chung really struck home with me. I'm 26 and have been undergoing infertility treatment for two years. Emotionally this saga is unlike any pain I've ever experienced. I truly hope Connie Chung will be more fortunate than I.
Maria Brown
Madison, Tenn.

What a concept: time off the job, a lighter work load in order to conceive a child. Where are the stories about women like me, who can't afford motherhood without a full-time career? Infertility isn't cheap, and it isn't just a problem for women over 40. I'm 29 and waiting.
Janet Ferkin
Austin, Texas

Please, no more articles about baby-worshiping celebrities. In these troubled times of overpopulation and diminishing resources, it's PEOPLE'S journalistic responsibility to cease brainwashing its readers into believing that human fulfillment can only be attained through a visit from the stork.
J.A. Staley
Dayton, Ohio

After reading your story on couples struggling to conceive children, I can only imagine their feelings of desperation and disappointment. While I often complain about the toll having three children in 3½ years has taken on me physically, mentally and financially, I know that I am truly the luckiest woman in the world.
Ann Gagnier
Snellville, Ga.

I could never understand the big deal about newscasters, and ditto regarding their reproductive lives. But last night I fell asleep wondering if Connie and Maury were "doing it," and last week was thanking God that Jane and Garry had "done it," before it was too late. I must have gotten tired of thinking about Iraq. Hey, PEOPLE, now you're on a roll, so what about Deborah Norville?
Marianne Zaninovich
Bakersfield, Calif.

True, the birth of our daughter has made my wife (Mary Alice Williams) and me fall in love with each other even more, as you so accurately quoted. But 7-month-old Alice Ann was quite upset when her age was inaccurately reported to be 20 months.
Mark B. Haefcli
New York City

Our apologies to Alice Ann.—ED.

I am the mother of a young son and my heart goes out to Billy Strenge and his family. It is time, though, that we stop expecting the government and manufacturers to protect us from ourselves. My common sense tells me that riding an ATV is extremely dangerous. If parents wouldn't buy ATVs, children like Billy wouldn't run the risk of being injured on them.
Patsy Frazier
Valley, Ala.

My son (age 13) and I have owned and operated a three-wheeled ATV since 1985. I have drummed in the safe-use theory to my son on many occasions, but after reading your article on Billy's tragedy. I have decided that we will never ride our ATV again. A recall of these vehicles not only makes sense, it is the only rational solution.
Daniel J. Albracht
McAllen, Texas

The bad rap that ATVs get is undeserved. I've been riding one for more than six years and have never been in any kind of accident—because I'm careful. It would be interesting to see the results of a study that showed how many accidents were caused by manufacturer defects and how many were caused by human error. Any motorized vehicle that is operated without proper instruction and due caution is potentially dangerous.
Thomas E. Rempfer

I'm a partial quadriplegic and have been for 35 years. I can certainly empathize with Billy Strenge's plight. However, anyone who pleads ignorance of the dangers of three-wheelers must have had his head in the sand for the past five years. Life has always been risky business, and those who go in harm's way, either knowingly or out of ignorance, are likely to get hurt.
David Muench
Kathleen, Ga.

I'm a lifelong, educated Catholic, and I couldn't believe what I read in your article on Archbishop Marino. Calling the male clergy "naive" and unable to resist the "comely" Vicki Long only reinforces the deep and damaging sin of sexism, which goes back through Church history. It's the old "Adam excuse" again: "Gee, God, I didn't mean to sin. The woman made me do it!"
Regina Morin
San Diego

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