So Ms. Newton-John feels that Australia is “a better place to raise children” does she (PEOPLE, Sept. 30)? It has “cleaner air and purer food,” etc. Well, she has lived in this country for a number of years now, and she didn’t seem too concerned about the food or the air while she was raking in her millions. She obviously doesn’t mind living off America; she just doesn’t want her children living in America. May I take this time to wish the Lattanzis a speedy bon voyage?
San Rafael, Calif.
Last year Olivia Newton-John broke my heart, when she got married on my birthday. But all is forgiven. It’s nice to see her approach motherhood the same way she has handled the other parts of her life—with beauty and class. Congratulations, Olivia. Who knows, maybe next year I’ll be able to forgive your husband for stealing the girl of my dreams.
When the Boss was married, you didn’t use the headline “36-year-old Bruce marries 24-year-old Julianne.” I think your cover headline was an insult to Olivia and Matt. What a cheap way to sell a story. Just another case of double standards.
Call it sad or ironic, but a nation that was able to raise a large amount of money for Ethiopia’s hungry could not even come close to the Farm Aid goal. Without our farmers, someday we too may be in the same situation as Ethiopia—hungry.
Many of the farmers got themselves in trouble. They had farms and machinery but weren’t satisfied with that. They wanted more land and bigger machinery. So they borrowed and got into debt. Then prices went down, and they needed to borrow more to pay for what they had bought, and the noose began to tighten. When prices go down, you don’t try to compensate by buying more land and machinery to raise more crops. You don’t buy the new tractor and combine, you fix the old one, make do and hope for better prices. Yes, there are farmers that are hurting because of depressed prices, but there are others who are hurting because of their own greed.
Iowa City, Iowa
The American farm tragedy was summed up in your poignant article and photograph of Oscar Lorick. He has stayed in my thoughts for over a week now. He is utterly defeated, and so are farmers all over this great country. If I could just put my arms around old Oscar Lorick and tell him everything is going to be all right, maybe I could feel better. It’s the “onliest thing I know how to do.”
Phoebe A. Schwartz
Oscar Lorick’s plight prompted immediate response. Graham Rowe, a senior V.P. at a Los Angeles brokerage firm, has started a fund-raising effort, and a New Jersey lawyer is investigating the possibility of buying the farm and leasing it back to Lorick. The bank, however, has thus far refused to sell. Donation checks should be made out to Lorick and sent care of the American Farm Association representative, Tommy Kersey, P.O. Box 669, Unadilla, Ga. 31091.—ED.
Farmers are another segment of our society that has not been trickled down to—but on. The Administration would advise checking the want ads, their advice for all people who are lost in the wasteland of Reaganomics. The rich are happy, the powerful are happy, the yuppies are happy. Until these segments of society are suffering, nothing will be done for anybody.
A great part of our country’s heritage is being lost—the American farmer. Having been raised on a farm, I have seen the hardships but have also known the joys. Some of my fondest memories are of the early-morning hours of summer, one-on-one with my dad, helping him milk the cows, or my mom and I getting the giggles with planting tobacco because we had planted one sprout with the roots sticking up toward the sun. My father and mother worked very hard, but in the ’60s, they both had to take factory jobs, as the farm alone could no longer sustain us. My father still worked his land after hours and on weekends because farming was his life. I am very proud of my heritage as a farm girl and know that the values I have today grew out of that country upbringing.
Sandra W. Wiggins
I agree with Esther Williams 100 percent. Billy Crystal definitely has gone too far with his impersonation of Fernando Lamas. What’s the matter, Billy, running out of material? You have to base your success on someone who has died? Let this man rest in peace and his family remember him as he was, not as a silly character played by another actor.
New York City