A year after the accident that rendered Christopher Reeve quadriplegic, correspondents continue to be inspired not only by him (PEOPLE, April 15) but also by his wife, Dana. And on the first anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing, many readers extended their sympathy to the families of those who had been killed.
The love that Chris and Dana have helps restore the true meaning of marriage. I hope they realize the world is with them in sickness and in health.
St. John’s, Newfoundland
If any child should ask, “Is Christopher Reeve the real Superman?” the answer should be “Yes.”
LINDSAY STEPHENSON, Toronto
Unless you have experienced a life-threatening illness, you cannot appreciate how overwhelming the feelings of frustration, helplessness and dependency are. Mr. Reeve has been given much credit for his courage, which is truly inspirational, but I want to acknowledge Dana’s contribution. Having survived a terrible trial myself, I know that I would not have made it without the love and support of my husband, Robert. Let me share something by Lao-Tzu: Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.
JAN GONZALEZ, Oakland
Commerce Secretary Ron Brown and 32 other Americans were killed while on a mission not only for our country but countries around the world. Didn’t he and the other ambassadors of goodwill deserve more than two pages in your magazine?
LAURA R. LINDSEY, Shreveport, La.
Ron Brown and his colleagues died only-hours before we went to press. Many details of the crash were not known until the following day.—ED.
I had just given birth via C-section to my first child two days earlier, and April 19 was the first day I had a TV in my hospital room. I will remember for the rest of my life the horror of watching the Oklahoma City bombing unfold as I lay there holding my tiny son in my arms. The maternity ward was awash with grief. As I get ready to celebrate my son’s first birthday, I will remember those children in Oklahoma and their families and pray that I never know the despair of losing a child.
DEE SNEEDEN, Valley Cottage, N.Y.
Thank you for your article on umpire John McSherry. As a lifelong baseball fan, I have spent my fair share of games heckling the umpires and criticizing bad calls. I was always glad to see John McSherry behind the plate. I knew it would be a good, fair game.
SHANNON TEDFORD, Newport, Ore.
Was it necessary to show a picture of John McSherry while he was having his fatal heart failure? It added nothing to your story, and it angered me that you showed no compassion for this man in his last moments.
ROBERTA K. DISCENZA
Starting in elementary school, I had an experience similar to Chad Ganden’s. In my case, I was wrongfully labeled mentally retarded and ineducable. I am now working on my Ph.D. while on leave from my studies in law school. I don’t know where I would be if I had listened to those who tried to stop me from educating myself. I would like to encourage Chad to keep up the fight for the rights of learning-disabled students.
MARIA PENA, Lomita, Calif.
Can you imagine where the world would be today if Albert Einstein had been denied the right to study or work because of his learning disability? NANCY ORR, Richardson, Texas Einstein suffered from dyslexia; he did not talk until age 4 or read until he was 9.—ED.
Not only does Montana have the Freemen and the Unabomber, we also have cigarette gum, which you claim in your story on wax lips is now in candy heaven. It’s still sold here for a penny apiece.
J. PITKANEN, Garrison, Mont.