Basta! Assez! Enough! In how many languages do we have to tell you? When she died in August I thought that would be it—no more Diana covers. Of course, we had to have the appropriate period of mourning, which included several more covers, special editions, etc. I tolerated those, but now we have to read about her "legacy of love"? Admittedly, Diana on the cover sells magazines, but I can tell you that this is the last one you've sold me.
ELENA C. HINES, Irving, Texas
I never complained before about seeing Diana on your cover. I understand she was a fabulous person and did a lot for the world, but if you're going to dedicate every other cover to her, why not just publish a magazine called Diana? That way, whoever wants to read about her on a weekly basis can subscribe. Not me!
DEBBIE BURNS, Kenosha, Wis.
Finally an article that shows what a true humanitarian Diana was. She cared deeply for her charities and the people who benefited from them. I hope someday her sons will pick up the torch.
SUSAN OSMAN, Wilmington, Del.
When I picked up my PEOPLE this week I figured I would find the normal glitter and glamor about Hollywood stars. What I found was much more. Thank you for writing such a wonderful story about Down syndrome and the true feelings that come with raising a child with special needs. I am lucky enough to wake up every day to an abundance of hugs and kisses from my 5-year-old with Down syndrome and will be truly blessed to have that experience for the rest of my life.
LISA KENNEDY, Newmarket, Ont.
As a middle-aged Texan married to an Aggie with children of my own, I must say I broke down and cried as Coach Stallings's love and gentleness with his only son was displayed in your article. I guess I've always been a fan of Coach Stallings, but now I am a true admirer.
PAULA WILSON, Davie, Fla.
Those of us who have been blessed with youngsters who have Down syndrome should follow Gene and Ruth Ann Stallings's example of what loving, responsible parents should strive for. They have every right to be proud of the man their son has grown to be.
IDA RAMIREZ, Lubbock, Texas
My heartfelt gratitude for your beautiful story, which captures the meaning of unconditional love. In our daily lives we are constantly receiving messages about the importance of this concept, but rarely do we listen.
SCOTT CHESNEY, Miami
KARLA FAYE TUCKER
Karla Faye Tucker and her evangelical supporters believe that because she became a born-again Christian she shouldn't have been executed for taking the lives of two innocent people. Does that mean if I turn my life over to Jesus Christ I shouldn't have to pay that mounting stack of parking tickets in my glove compartment?
AMY HURD FETCHKO
Basking Ridge, N.J.
I do not support the death penalty. However, it frustrates me when society attempts to justify (or explain) horrific crimes by discussing the convicted murderer's difficult childhood. Plenty of us have had the unfortunate luck to be born to parents with alcohol and drug problems. Most of us do not go around planting pickaxes in the chests of innocent people.
I was sickened by the photograph of Karla with her minister husband and the caption reporting that they had never touched. Murder victims and their families never get to touch. Who overturns their sentences?
KRISTI MENENDEZ, Brandon, Fla.
SUSAN CARPENTER MCMILLAN
Ms. McMillan, I am sure there are still women in this world with what are called morals. Comparing what happened to you as a 6-year-old child and what happened to Paula Jones is ludicrous. All she had to say was "no" and leave the room.
CONNIE KELLER, Womelsdorf, Pa.
Millions of us were horrified that Iowa's cat murderers were given a slap on the wrist. However, I was also furious to read in a letter that these criminals may "move up to dogs or humans." Hello! Since when are cats a step down? Frankly, I love my four cats more than some of my relatives, and I certainly value them more than these sick fiends.
JUDY I. COMFORD, Sylmar, Calif.