Okay, so he failed the bar exam twice—our readers still have faith that No. 3 will be the charm for JFK Jr. (PEOPLE, May 21). They were also relieved to hear that Champ, the abused dog, is free at last and that his former owner will never again get his mitts on the mutt.
JOHN F. KENNEDY JR.
Poor John Kennedy Jr. Not only does he fail the bar twice, but he has to do it with the whole country watching. Personally, I’m behind him 100 percent. He definitely is still the sexiest man alive, and soon he will also be the sexiest lawyer alive.
New York City
I, too, took the New York bar exam last July and failed. Thank God my name wasn’t splashed across every headline, newscast and magazine cover from coast to coast. Just because his name is Kennedy doesn’t mean it hurts him any less to fail. Cut him some slack, guys!
It’s time to give credit where it’s due. To paraphrase the Senator from Texas, JFK Jr. is no Dan Quayle. Come on, PEOPLE, let’s be fair. JFK Jr. hasn’t the brains or personality to make it on his own, and yet you people seem to be his personal PR firm. Dan Quayle, on the other hand, has risen to the No. 2 spot in the country, and you treat him like he’s a flunky.
Lawrence T. Drury
No, we don’t. See PEOPLE, April 2.—ED.
KATHIE LEE GIFFORD
So Kathie Lee and Frank had a baby. Congratulations! But was it really necessary to fill us in on the where and when of the conception and the details of Kathie Lee’s fertile phase? Inquiring minds don’t want to know! Trust me on this.
As an educator, parent and proponent of gun control, my heart goes out to the four families who lost their sons to suicide. Could the instantaneous decision to end their lives have been averted if guns had not been so readily available to each of the four boys?
Fort Wayne, Ind.
Why would a town of 3,200 souls, many deeply religious, have so many guns around? Loaded yet. Who or what is the town afraid of?
I was outraged by the behavior of Jamie Brown and his opinion of the Bart Simpson shirts. Brown had no right banning Bart being worn at school. Isn’t the students’ right to wear what they want a form of free speech? I guess the saying is true—kids’ rights stop at the school door.
Attitudes reflected by the Simpson characters, while cynically humorous, are not the attitudes that students should emulate. America has enough problems educating its youngsters without having to overcome Simpson family characterizations. How about an article on schools where wearing school uniforms has been shown to increase performance, improve behavior and reduce absenteeism?
David A. Garza, M.D.
Corpus Christi, Texas
After reading about the possibility of Mills College allowing men to enroll and the furor behind this decision, I’m left with a great deal of confusion regarding the feminist movement. Women demand equal status and pay when it relates to men, and they have gone to court to participate in traditionally all-male organizations and teams. But when the tables are turned, we see how “liberal” some women really are. I guess that old saying is true. What’s yours is hers, and what’s hers is hers too.
I understand the gripe the women at Mills College have. I attended a Catholic high school segregated by sex. There was a sense of camaraderie and spirit at Union Catholic Girls High School that was lost when boys and girls began attending classes together. At the age of 15, I did not think about having an arena to speak out as a woman, but I felt a deep loss when my school became coed. Now I know why.
Scotch Plains, N.J.
A major benefit of a college education is to prepare one for the real world. Members of the opposite sex are part of the real world. Girls, better to start learning how to deal with us now instead of postponing it.
Grand Prairie, Texas
I am replying to PEOPLE’s cover story on Greta Garbo and the uncomplimentary letters directed at me. My book, Walking with Garbo, was shown to Miss Garbo several months before her death. She did not protest its publication, and I now count it as her parting gift to me as a faithful and truthful friend. This was her truth and we both knew it.