10/02/1989 at 01:00 AM EDT
After reading your story about Leona Helmsley (PEOPLE, Sept. 11), I agree with her former employee who said that the best sentence for Leona would be for her to somehow serve others. Not only might she make some friends, she might actually find out what life is all about.
Michael G. Schuppe
Poor Leona Helmsley. I feel so sorry that she has to pay her fair share of taxes like the "little people." Well, Leona, looks like you are one of the "little people"!
Thank you for your article on Dave Dravecky. So often, when I've read anything about his fabulous comeback, publications cut off the interview when he begins to talk about his faith. This is such an enormous part of the story. Thanks for giving Mr. Dravecky a chance to share it.
DR. FRANCIS COLLINS AND LAP-CHEE TSUI
An abundance of gratitude goes to Dr. Francis Collins and Lap-Chee Tsui for their outstanding work in discovering the gene that causes cystic fibrosis. But the real heroes are the people who give their time and money to raise the funds that make the research possible. How rewarding to know that their generosity has made the difference.
Valerie M. Cooper
In 1965 our 5-year-old son, Mark, served as the state cystic-fibrosis poster boy for Arkansas. During the fund-raising campaign, he was helping stuff the campaign workers' envelopes. I told him that this would help teach other people about CF, so that they would give money and that one day little boys and girls would not have to take so many pills and be "pounded" on, and that they could go to school with their friends. His eyes brightened, a big smile appeared, and he said, "Oh, boy!" and stuffed envelopes even faster. Unfortunately, Mark died the next year. We all feel, however, that he is looking down at this proud moment, smiling, and saying, "Oh, boy!"
Louise W. Cremeen
Little Rock, Ark.
So, former Bengal Lancer Francis Ingall longs for a return to the "glory days of Empire," when England occupied India and "all the Victorian nicenesses were apparent"? I doubt many Indians would share his sentiments. Contrary to the tone of your article, there is nothing romantic about colonial oppression. Ingall's suggestion that it fostered a world of "peace and generous living" is callous and obscene.
Your article on George Adamson poignantly depicted the despicable cruelty and greed of the poachers, but I will never forget the picture of the elephant, crouched on the ground as if in a circus act, with his face hacked off. That picture should be rerun every few weeks to insure that no one forgets the beauty and heritage that poachers are stealing from the world. I'm hoping it would incite people to contribute both to an "Adamson fund" to help save the animals and to some type of enforcement agency that can capture and prosecute poachers.
Honeoye Falls, N.Y.
The tragic murder of George Adamson is another sorry result of the world's war on wildlife. When will mankind learn that it can easily live without fur, ivory, rhino horn, tortoiseshell, trophy heads and other assorted animal body parts—while the animals cannot.
While it is a tragedy that both George and Joy Adamson were murdered, how marvelous it is that they found a path in life that brought meaning and importance to their days, and for which they were willing—and called upon—to risk everything. How many of us can say the same?
Marie A. Skertic
ZSA ZSA GABOR
On behalf of all the folks who renew their car registrations, carry their driver's licenses, do not carry liquor in open containers and who respect law enforcement personnel, thank you, Officer Kramer.
Is there no end to Zsa Zsa Gabor's insolence? She is one of the world's most obnoxious, self-centered, egotistical women. The laws of this country are not based on beauty, wealth or fame. Officer Kramer was doing his job, and there would not have been a problem had Zsa Zsa been in compliance with the law. Zsa Zsa, get a grip, a license, and on with your life.