Several correspondents felt our story about Princess Di mourning the death of her father (PEOPLE, April 13) intruded on her privacy. Many more expressed impatience with Ivana Trump and were unimpressed by her accomplishments following her divorce from Le Donald.
I was appalled to see the picture of Princess Diana in mourning on your cover. To publish pictures of her trip home and of her father’s funeral was in poor taste. Princess Diana has constantly been in the public eye but has always maintained her dignity. She deserves to be able to grieve in private without being exploited.
ELIZABETH LEE, Annandale, Va.
By publishing the note Princess Diana put on the floral arrangement at her father’s funeral, you lowered yourself to the level of the National Enquirer. Out of respect to anyone who must bear the grief and pain of losing a loved one, there are some things that do not need to be made public. You should be ashamed.
LEE WINTER, Winthrop, Mass.
Earth to Ivana: Most of the women in this country do not receive a multimillion-dollar settlement in a divorce. Trust me, if we all had your money, we could be very, very successful. How about the wives and mothers who are left with no bucks, no job, no income, no child support, no nannies, no trips, no jewels and not a chance in hell of landing an Italian lover. Puhleese. Ve vant to be spared ze tears of zis voman!
BARBRA PRESLEY, Atlanta
Thank you for your article on the invincible Ivana. In today’s society it is inspirational to hear about a woman who did not allow herself to be dragged down by her public divorce from a so-called powerful man.
ROSALIA SPERATI, Paterson, N.J.
I was wondering how Ivana would make ends meet with only $350,000 a year in alimony and only $300,000 a year in child support. As for the children, well, knowing that little Ivanka can fax Mommy anytime, anywhere in the world, just warms my heart.
KATHY GALVANO, Lawrenceville, N.J.
Please spare us any more Trump stories. Donald, Ivana and Marla are the most self-involved, self-promoting ménage that the public has been subjected to in years. In the ’80s anyone could make lots of money, decorate in horrible taste and ignore their families. Must we be subjected to the continuing saga of these forgettable people in the ’90s as well?
KIM C. HEDDEN, Cheverly, Md.
Donald Trump’s comment concerning Ivana’s new gentleman friend, Riccardo Mazzucchelli (“seems like a nice guy—even if nobody knows who he is”), was amusing. So Donald, what’s your point? Could you be implying that it’s more important to be a world-renowned rich jerk than to be a relatively anonymous rich nice guy?
KATHLEEN FOX, Niceville, Fla.
It’s devastating to learn about a community being victimized in such a cruel fashion—especially a community as peaceful and humble as the Amish. They live off the land, and therefore those barns and livestock are crucial to their survival. But rather than focusing their energy on getting even, the Amish join together and help each other rebuild. They should be an example to us all.
JENNIFER A. BRENNAN, Little Compton, R.I.
Many of your stories have brought tears to my eyes, but none so mixed my tears with rage as your report on the Amish barn burnings. I can’t build barns or donate a horse or cow. But I can send a check to help the Amish make up for what they have lost. One thing they haven’t lost, I’ll bet, is their faith in the goodness of man. Which is more than I can say for myself.
PEGGY LANCASTER, Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.
Donations may be sent to Barn Fire Relief Fund, Kish National Bank, Box 917, Belleville, Penn. 17004.—ED.
Is it really necessary to send 71-year-old Leona Helmsley to prison for evading income taxes? I don’t see how any of us will be served by this punishment. I think the IRS uses extreme measures on folks who are rich and famous to scare the rest of us into complying with its demands.
ALMAH OWEN, Creswell, Oreg.
Justice would be better served if Leona Helmsley were sentenced to community service helping the homeless or AIDS patients. Perhaps helping those less fortunate would burst her regal bubble.
ANNE MARIE WERTHMANN, Union, N.J.
Ross Perot wants to run this country like a business? What’s wrong with that? I am a stockholder in America, and I’m afraid of losing my investment.
MARGE GREENE, Scotia, N.Y.