updated 06/02/1997 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 06/02/1997 AT 01:00 AM EDT

There are people like us, who make up lists of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World (PEOPLE, May 12), and some like our readers, who write to tell us the errors of our ways. Male omissions strenuously objected to included Matthew McConaughey, Val Kilmer, George Clooney, Tiger Woods, Mel Gibson, David Duchovny, Ralph Fiennes, Jeff Goldblum, Keanu Reeves and Kevin Sorbo. Among the women, there was a groundswell of support for Rosie O'Donnell.

I absolutely loved your 50 Most Beautiful issue. From the heavenly picture of Roma Downey to the best dang photo of Jim Carrey I have ever seen. But I must really thank you for the picture of Andre Braugher.
JANA ZAMBONE, Olympia, Wash.

Yawn! Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt? Gee, what a surprise! All of your 50 Most Beautiful are predictable choices, and the articles contained nothing I haven't heard before. Wake me when the next issue comes out.
JENI BAUER, Sacramento

So Gillian Anderson has no mirrors in her home yet she plucks her eyebrows. Did you also believe everyone who said they never wear makeup?
T. BRENT, via e-mail

So much beauty, so little substance.
GLENNDA LUHNOW, El Cajon, Calif.

Spice Girls are too annoying to be beautiful!

You've finally decided to leave out the weights of women on your list! It looks like you may have realized that there's more to a woman's beauty than her body or dress size. I'm so proud of you!
WENDY GOODDEN, Maplewood, Minn.

As a 15-year-old female, I find it disturbing that you're only considered a beautiful woman if you weigh less than 130 pounds. You proved that by honoring Oprah Winfrey with a spot on your list only after she lost 85 pounds. Don't tell me her beautiful bee-stung lips and gorgeous eyes weren't there when she weighed 237 pounds five years ago.
JOANNA RICH, Montclair, N.J.

I can't believe you included Derek Jeter as one of the 50 Most Beautiful but omitted Alex Rodriguez. You don't have to be a Seattle Mariners fan to know who the Most Beautiful Short-stop in baseball is.
MICHELLE CEJKA, Edmonds, Wash.

Nomar Garciaparra?—ED.

Finally. After waiting seven long years, you have at last realized something I have known for 13 years (and I am only 18). Harrison Ford is a truly beautiful man.
JENNIFER FROST, Fremont, Calif.

We bought your 50 Most Beautiful mag because, naturally, Matthew McConaughey would be in it. Well, big surprise! Not only wasn't he one of the 50, you then had to be insulting and put him in the crossword puzzle.

Many people at MIT, including myself, were upset by the article about me in your 50 Most Beautiful People issue. The words used were taken completely out of context. In fact the editor actually took phrases from several sentences and made up other words on his own. As a result, I am incorrectly quoted as saying things such as "MIT is a wasteland when it comes to beauty" and "It's not hard to be the prettiest woman when there are no other women around." These words are offensive to the whole MIT community and especially to MIT women who have fought long and hard to change the representation of women, and respect for them, at the institute.
PATTIE MAES, Cambridge, Mass.

We were happy to include Pattie Maes in our Most Beautiful People issue, and we are sorry that she now regrets her comments. However, PEOPLE stands by the accuracy of the quotes in her story.—ED.

It was appropriate that your farewell to Pat Paulsen was in the 50 Most Beautiful issue. Actually you had 51 beautiful people. Pat was one of our best friends, and we miss him dearly. They don't make them like him anymore.
SUSAN KOLETES, North Hollywood

I thought Ellen DeGeneres was supposed to be coming out of the closet about her homosexuality, not her bad manners. Her behavior with Heche at the White House Correspondents' Dinner was inappropriate, regardless of her sexual orientation.

When President and Mrs. Clinton held hands, hugged and kissed at the Democratic National Convention a few years ago, even Jerry Falwell didn't decry the flaunting of their sexuality. How is it that America overlooks the daily barrage of in-your-face sexuality on the tube, portrayed on the soaps and sitcoms? Doesn't America know there are children, gays and lesbians watching?
RANDY VAN SYOC, Cooperstown, N.Y.

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