Most correspondents this week regard Regis Philbin and Kathie Lee Gilford (PEOPLE, Sept. 30) as the best thing to happen to mornings since coffee. Dissenters consider Kathie Lee grounds for going back to bed.
REGIS & KATHIE LEE
What a way to begin the week! I was thrilled to pull my PEOPLE out of my mailbox and see my favorite dynamic duo.
JANE GOODSON, Brunswick, Ga.
Three cheers for Kathie Lee and Regis. Their impromptu banter is priceless, and their spontaneity and originality without comparison. They are like a breath of fresh air after listening to other talk shows laden with perverts and misfits pleading for understanding and would-be authors telling nasty secrets about their friends and families.
CONNIE SMITH, Merritt Island, Fla.
While Mr. Philbin can be camp and sardonically witty, Kathie Lee Gifford is nothing more than a huckster, hyping herself, her husband and her child ad nauseam. She smugly doles out snippets of her oh-so-privileged life to be experienced vicariously by a less-blessed audience. Hard to imagine being so well-paid for screeching “Reege!” at 30-second intervals.
CHRISTINE DERDARIN, Bloomfield Hills, Mich.
I never understood my mother’s or sister’s enthusiasm over Regis and Kathie Lee. So I read your story with interest and I still don’t get it.
KATHLEEN A. SHERMAN-KAURLOTO, San Pedro, Calif.
If Kathie Lee Gifford would like another child, her husband, Frank, should say, “Go for it! Yes!” If a man of 60 feels he’s too old to have children, he should have married a woman of 50.
BETTY SMITH, New York City
I was appalled by your article on the diving mules. How could someone possibly think that these animals want to dive off an 18-foot platform into a six-foot-deep tank of water? That is absolutely ridiculous! If mules “want” to do this naturally, then why don’t we see this going on in the wild?
LESLIE LYNN LANZ, Los Angeles
Out of curiosity, my family and I watched the diving mule act. It was clear the animals did not want to jump, since they paused, backed up, looked behind and realized there was no other way off the ramp. It was pitiful. Gov. Bruce King “saw no cruelty”? I question his judgment and certainly his sensitivity.
RHONDA DIMPERIO, Albuquerque, N.M.
The only jackass I’d like to see plunging 18 feet into a tank is Tim Rivers. If laws cannot be passed quickly enough to stop this cruelty to animals, then the only way to stop it is to boycott all fairs and carnivals that allow it. The message that cruelty to animals will not be tolerated will get across as soon as the bucks stop.
ESTHER STEIN, Brookville, N.Y.
As an owner of four mules, I can guarantee that these mules would not jump if they didn’t want to—if it hurt them or scared them in any way. The activists should get their facts straight. They should put their efforts toward helping abused, abandoned, starving animals, not these loved, well-cared-for mules.
KARRY WARD, Snohomish, Wash.
Carolyn Suzanne Sapp left her abusive fiancé, former pro-football player Nuu Faaola, and encourages others in similar situations to “be strong and get out.” On the other hand, Sapp wants it recorded that “Nuu is a wonderful person,” thus confusing those victims struggling with making a decision to leave or to stay in their own abusive relationships. Abusers need to be accountable for their actions and seek help. They can learn to be responsible, but “wonderful”?
ALAYNE GANS, Maplewood, Minn.
Princess Diana and her brother and sisters have every right to take their family heirlooms. My stepmother left everything of my father’s to her family. The only things I have to pass on to my new twin boys are memories of their grandfather. My stepmother’s family has everything—from the kitchen sink to his ties. I wish I had a good ladder. It wouldn’t help though—they put bars on the windows of my father’s home!
PICKS & PANS
As a hearing-impaired person, I was offended by David Hiltbrand’s review of Reasonable Doubts. Referring to Mark Harmon and Marlee Matlin, Mr. Hiltbrand attributes the show’s problems to “the labored and redundant way in which they have to communicate.” Though he may have been referring to the voice-overs, his statement projected a false and misleading image of sign language, which, I assure you, is neither slow nor redundant. Mr. Hiltbrand needs to be aware that although his preferred method of communication is more common in this society, it is not by any means superior.
TRACY GILLER, Duluth, Minn.
David Hiltbrand responds: “I never implied that sign language is an inferior form of communication, but for the sake of television exposition, Mark Harmon must verbally repeat dialogue two or three times, and that does slow down the show.” —ED.