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Prince William
Thank you for your wonderful article about the rambunctious little future king (PEOPLE, July 7). It’s good to read something as entertaining as this for a change. William certainly is mischievous and stubborn, but this makes him a typically amusing little boy.

Joanna Dreifus

Short Hills, N.J.

Your article seemed to imply that William is a holy terror. Seems to me he is just a normal little boy with a lot of energy and the need to express it. The article did point out one other thing—Diana doesn’t seem to be able to handle her own son. If only we all had nannies to turn to when our little ones won’t sit still.

Kelly A. Kane

Silver Spring, Md.

Shame on you. The Liberty Week issue and you chose to put Prince William and British royalty on the cover. Surely you could have found something more American.

Vicki E. Scarpinato

Sarasota, Fla.

Your cover story of Prince William was a perfect example of the media’s attempt to make him seem to be the “royal brat” that everyone would like to believe. He may have royal blood and live in a palace, but I have to tell you that he is a typical, normal 4-year-old boy. If he does act up at the wedding, what else is new? Anyone who includes a child in the wedding party should be prepared for crying, talking, wriggling and/or giggling. A prince should be no exception.

Elizabeth A. Ellrich

Tallahassee, Fla.

Poor Prince William! I say give him a chance. Just because he hasn’t been perfect in the past doesn’t mean he’ll be a terror for the rest of his life. Just look at his Uncle Andy; he’s reformed and marrying a wonderful girl.

Danielle Weiss

East Greenwich, R.I.

President Ronald Reagan

Reading your article “Pride, Perseverance and the President” made me wonder why the American people haven’t started a ground swell to amend the Constitution and let Ronald Reagan run for a third term. I feel history will rank him with Washington and Lincoln for steering this nation to new heights of greatness. In today’s complicated world of problems, the President punches through with the words I learned as an Army recruit: “The difficult we do immediately; the impossible takes a little longer.”

Al Marchese

Oakland, N.J.

You prefaced your interview with Ronald Reagan by saying, “He has given America a new confidence,” etc. I beg to differ. People down here in the South have had to scratch and claw since 1981 to find and keep any job we could, thanks to Reaganomics. We have a saying down here: “Ronald Reagan loves the poor so much he wants to make everyone that way.” A new confidence? Please take a look out of your air-conditioned offices and give me a break!

Theresa Barry

Lake Charles, La.

Janet Jackson
While it is true that the Jackson family never ceases to amaze me, the sacrifices made to achieve their success seem to come with a high price tag. My heart went out to Janet Jackson and James DeBarge because their relationship was part of the cost. When I listen to the album Control, I don’t hear a “teen idol” but a woman experiencing life and coming into her own.

Vicki Andrus

Salinas, Calif.

Mark Mathabane

“Memories of a Native Son” succeeded in presenting a vividly accurate portrayal of the barbaric living conditions in apartheid South Africa. My heart weeps for the brutality and lack of dignity blacks must endure daily. Thank God Mark Mathabane has risen above his grotesque ghetto life and is able to reveal the truth so we can continue our attempts to wipe out apartheid once and for all.

Vicki Patee

Kendallville, Ind.

Picks & Pans

How dare Jeff Jarvis presume that all liberty means to most Americans is “200 Elvis impersonations,” etc. I would rather celebrate with an extravaganza of fun and fireworks the anniversary of “our Lady” and our freedom than to live in Moscow and celebrate May Day with its parade of tanks and weaponry. The disrespect Jarvis showed in referring to the Statue of Liberty as “the Jolly Green Giant’s Mom” was, thankfully, not shared by the many millions who contributed financially to the Lady’s restoration.

Nancy Bignoli


I can’t believe the gall of Ira Hellman in his review of Karate Kid II. It’s one of my favorite movies. When he said it was “too predictable, even somewhat tiresome,” he must have been out of his mind. Sometimes the cheering and clapping in the theater were so loud I could barely hear the dialogue. If that’s “tiresome,” I’d like to hear his idea of exciting.

Kamara Sego

St. Joseph, Mo.

What is wrong with honor, custom and tradition? It is very hard to find a movie like Karate Kid II that all age groups will enjoy without being offended by language or actions. If there is one thing I’ve learned, it’s never trust a critic; my own opinion is worth a lot more.

P.L. Webster

Portland, Ore.

Hurrah for Ralph Novak’s review of Jim Henson’s Labyrinth, a beam of sunlight through what has mostly been a muddled mess of bad reviews and low ticket sales. I hope Novak’s review will encourage more people to see it. Anybody who doesn’t is cheating him-or herself of what’s possibly the summer’s best film.

Michael Black

Tucson, Ariz.