UPDATED 12/08/1997 at 01:00 AM EST Originally published 12/08/1997 at 01:00 AM EST

I used to be just in lust with George Clooney. Now I think I'm in love. What a guy! His friends love him, he's great to his parents, and he's loyal to the TV show that made him a star. Now if he could just get over this commitment thing he'd be just about perfect.
COLEEN NIGG, Naperville, Ill.

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! for making George Clooney the Sexiest Man Alive. I got the issue this morning and have already read the article 14 times.
DIANA LYNN, Annapolis, Md.

That chin, that smile, those cute little laugh lines, and oh those eyes!

Could you please put some type of warning label on the next issue that has totally sexy pictures of George Clooney, Harrison Ford and Ewan McGregor? My husband practically had to throw a bucket of cold water on me!

I know I am getting old when Nick Clooney looks better than George.

I have only one word to say about your choice for Sexiest Man Alive. Puke!!!!!
LORI K. BEIGHTON-WEYER Sheboygan Falls, Mich.

Cowboy hats off to PEOPLE for finally recognizing just how sexy George Strait is. But put him on the cover next time, okay?
SUSAN NOVELLI, Santa Cruz, Calif.

As long as Tom Selleck, Mel Gibson and Timothy Dalton are living you will continue to get it wrong.

I can't believe you omitted Michael Flatley. What an unbelievable oversight! You obviously have no idea of the worldwide phenomenon of Flat-heads that he has created through his persona.

Tom Cruise another Clark Gable? Not without a massive dose of testosterone.

What you did to Robert Mitchum, Clark Gable and Cary Grant in the Face-Off section was unspeakable—as if we needed to be reminded how shallow, sad and sordid our cultural firmament has become. Do you guys work at finding ways to sink to new lows?
CHRIS PAGE, Columbia, Ill.

At 74, my chances of making your cover as Sexiest Man Alive are zip, but if you ever include the most irresistible man over 70, I stand an outside chance.
GENE RATNER, Carson City, Nev.

Matthew Eappen's brain did not spontaneously self-destruct as he lay napping in his crib on Feb. 4. He died of brutal injuries inflicted in an act of disregard for his health and life. For those who would excuse Louise Woodward's battery as youthful impulsiveness or frustration at the responsibilities inherent in child care, I ask at what age is one old enough to be held responsible?

The death of Matthew Eappen needs further investigation. It is unrealistic to think that an 8-month-old baby would have a broken wrist that would go unnoticed. I doubt that things played out the way the parents would have us believe. They railroaded Louise Woodward.
AMY SEELY, Springfield, Ill.

While I am deeply saddened by the death of the Eappens' son Matthew, I am far more distressed that they had a nanny to begin with. Sunil Eappen is an anesthesiologist and Deborah Eappen an ophthalmologist. Why couldn't one of them have stayed home? Sometimes both parents have to work because of lower salaries, but this is not the case here. Millions of middle-class Americans find a way to get by on one parent's salary. They sacrifice in order to have the privilege of staying home and raising their own children.

I hope that the "enormously popular...gentle soul" who killed baby Matthew will someday have to answer to God, who is not swayed by the media and people who wear yellow ribbons. How nice for Louise Woodward that she is now free to barhop and save spiders from untimely deaths. Warning: Miss Woodward, don't make the mistake of visiting Texas anytime soon. In this state we value the life of an 8-month-old as much as the life of a 19-year-old.

Nushawn Williams is the most heinous of sexual predators. Since testing positive for HIV, he has been counseled and knew the dangers of unprotected sex. Yet he proceeded to expose countless young women to this deadly disease. Shockingly, under New York state law, Williams cannot be specifically punished for knowingly infecting a partner with HIV. To remedy this, I have introduced legislation creating a new offense: "aggravated reckless endangerment," punishable by up to 15 years' imprisonment for anyone who knowingly exposes an uninformed partner to HIV.
STEPHEN B. KAUFMAN, Member of Assembly, 82nd District, Albany, N.Y.

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