I enjoyed your annual Best & Worst Dressed feature (PEOPLE, Dec. 12). Just one complaint—Morton "Lend me another tube of Brylcreem, Slimebutt" Downey Jr. doing fashion critiques is like having your SATs evaluated by Dan Quayle.
University City, Mo.
I'd like to know whose idea it was to have Florence Griffith Joyner as a judge for the Best & Worst Dressed of 1988. She stated she didn't like Andre Agassi's on-court fashion of denim instead of basic tennis whites. I guess if I wore torn-up Barbie clothes, I'd pick on someone else too.
Just what did Vivienne Westwood mean by saying George Michael was one of the worst dressers of 1988? The man wears Gianni Versace-designed clothing, for goodness' sake. West-wood's lack of appreciation for good taste and design is evident in the fact that she doesn't have even a fraction of the fame these two stars have.
Trail of Tears
I have just finished reading your very touching article on the reenactment of the Trail of Tears, and it brought tears to my eyes. Good Lord, what have we done to the Native American people? Most of us were brought up in an age when we thought all Indians were savages who murdered, raped and plundered, and that they all talked like Tonto or were just basically stupid. How fast we forget that if it hadn't been for the Indians at Jamestown or Plymouth Rock, we wouldn't have a country today. We should all hang our heads in shame.
Carol A. Horne
Mount Marion, N.Y.
Governor and Mr. Orr
It's about time Gov. Kay Orr and her husband, Bill, the First Gentleman, got the recognition they deserve. Nebraska is slowly becoming a more recognized part of the Midwest, and rightfully so. If Johnny Carson, our horse racing, prime meat and playing host to the 1988 vice-presidential debate don't make the United States aware that there is more to Nebraska than cattle and farm country, then I'm glad that Governor and Mr. Orr are here, where our state motto says it all—The Good Life.
Oh, comic, heavenly delight! Your article on Jacques Carelman had me laughing so hard I slid off my couch. The man's just brilliant, and I thank you so much for running his story. He had me going for a moment. I'm an avid bicyclist living in Vermont and thought, "How perfect, a snowshoe-equipped bicycle."
Tad Cheyenne Schutt
Your article on the Krushed Kitty entrepreneurs did not appeal to my sense of humor. Although the expected $2 million in sales may take Tony Levine's "breath away," it enrages those of us who love and protect our cats and save countless others that are tossed out like so much garbage to die horrifying and painful street deaths. The cruelty in this entire enterprise is repulsive.
You gave Tony Levine and Ed Jaeger thousands of dollars of free publicity and advertising by printing that article about their disgusting product. Animal abuse is no laughing matter. Come on, Levine and Jaeger don't love animals, only money. What a sick way to make a buck.
Brenda K. Essany
The article on the Starcross Community was one of the most compassionate pieces I have read in your magazine. The love these special people have for these children is beyond words. Both they and the children are truly blessed. You did not state in the article if they accepted donations, clothes or funds. I am sure many people like myself would be interested in knowing.
Elizabeth B. Housand
Alexander City, Ala.
Monetary donations are gladly accepted and should be sent to: Starcross Community, Annapolis, Calif. 95412
Your story on Brother Toby, Sister Marti and Sister Julie was a true story of caring and loving, the way God intended us to live our lives. If each of us cared about the other half as much as these people care, our world would be a better place. AIDS is not a punishment from God. How can it be when He blesses our world with people like these three? My heart and prayers go out to them and to the babies and their parents.
Lisa J. Tremblay
I was angered and mortified by the attitude of a local fireman who did not respond to an emergency call by the Starcross Community on behalf of one of their AIDS babies because, said the fireman, "I was under the impression these babies didn't have long to live anyway." That fireman has a responsibility to the public, no matter how young that public is. Perhaps if he had responded, little Aaron might have enjoyed a little more of what life had to offer him. I would not want that fireman or any of his co-workers protecting my front lawn from weeds, let alone protecting my life.
Marcita M. Carter
Warrensville Heights, Ohio