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When it comes to a test of correspondents’ faith in Martha Stewart (PEOPLE, Oct. 2), there are no agnostics. To true believers, she is a model of perfection in style and achievement, while infidels see a dark side to her tireless pursuit of the domestic ideal.


Martha Stewart symbolizes a cadre of American women who are smart, savvy and sexy—and in their 50s. Plus she is totally natural, without affectation or phoniness or haughtiness. She is a woman to emulate. Martha is also an answer to all those banal Polish jokes.


I must admit to feeling a guilty glee upon discovering that Martha Stewart’s life isn’t as perfect as it appears to be on television. I watch her show faithfully with mixed emotions of envy, fascination and a large feeling of inadequacy. However I wish her the kind of everyday joys I have found with my husband and two children, and I confess I’m still a Martha wannabe who would love to be able to make perfect rugelach.

NANCY STUART, Nepean, Ont.

How ironic that Martha Stewart, the queen of hearth and home, ruined her own home clawing her way to the top. I think I’ll toss some silk flowers in a vase, throw a few hot dogs on the grill and call it a day.

LORI MILLS, Attleboro, Mass.

Teaching millions that they too can feel uplifted by a special napkin fold, or that even mismatched dishes are elegant, are gifts Martha Stewart bestows upon a populace scraping for morsels of a semblance of the “good life.” I have no patience for her critics (They’re jealous, for sure!) or sympathy for the ex-husband who married the much younger ex-help. Keep up the hard work, Martha!

ARLENE M. BRICE, West Chester, Pa.

Who is the real Martha Stewart? The one cuddling the cute fuzzy chick or the one who will wring its neck to make old-fashioned, bread-stuffed chicken breasts?

ANDREA VOLPE, Cambridge, Mass.

While Martha Stewart is busy raising silkworms to make her own stockings and hiking to a remote corner in Europe to find the perfect pine nut for her homemade pesto, there are millions of women using all their energy coping with a parent with Alzheimer’s, trying to raise a family as a single parent and praying they get through another day without being threatened by an abusive spouse.

PAULA CONOVER, Edgartown, Mass.

It was so refreshing to read a piece about someone so charming, sophisticated and classy.


Waco, Texas

As a reader of both PEOPLE and MARTHA STEWART LIVING, I’d like to thank you for at last exposing the seamy underbelly of napkin folding.



When I decided to give up my year’s salary to start a college scholarship fund for children whose parents died in the Oklahoma City bomb blast, I hoped other Americans would respond. But I never imagined the outpouring of love and support that would be generated by PEOPLE’S coverage. Not only has my employer, Applied Materials, matched my donation, so have other caring companies, including Intel, FMC, Network General and Advanced Cardiovascular Systems. But most touching has been the generosity of people across the country.

CHRIS GROSS, Santa Clara, Calif.

I lost a friend and several acquaintances in the bombing in Oklahoma City. I honestly didn’t think I could shed another tear. Then along comes someone like Chris Gross. Here is a role model I am proud to introduce to my boys. Where can we write to add to his generous donation?

RAMONA WOLF, Oklahoma City

Donations may be sent to Children of Oklahoma City Scholarship Fund, Oklahoma City Community Foundation, P.O. Box 1146, Oklahoma City, OK 73101—ED.


So football and other violent contact sports encourage athletes to beat up women? What about the fans screaming “Kill ’em!” and “Maim ’em!” from the stands? Wouldn’t “monkey see, monkey do” apply to them?

JACK NICHOLS, Cocoa Beach, Fla.