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Most readers applauded the country’s erstwhile most eligible bachelor for the dignity of his ultrasecret nuptials (PEOPLE, Oct. 7). They were less taken with Christie Brinkley’s wedding—her fourth—and didn’t hesitate to make unflattering comparisons.

JFK JR. WEDDING

I am pleased to see that JFK Jr. kept his wedding a secret out of respect for the institution of marriage, himself and his bride. Like his mother, he knows that the good of his new wife means more than public perception. I can see Jackie smiling up in heaven.

KATRINA MACHEK, Halifax, N.S.

How ironic that PEOPLE’S idea of a “perfect, private wedding” is one you were not invited to attend!

JILL M. ISHKANIAN

Santa Barbara, Calif.

I have even more respect for John F. Kennedy Jr. after reading about his wedding. The tiny church he chose to be married in especially impressed me. Considering his status, money and popularity, I admire the way he and his bride decided to make this a private family affair.

BECKY WILKINS, Kuna, Idaho

Your disappointment at missing the JFK wedding shows through in your background piece on the aftermath. Should your reporters get some sort of award for getting to the scene 48 hours late? I congratulate the couple not only for their marriage but for stiffing the media hounds, who would surely have trashed it.

DON BEVERIDGE, Evanston, Ill.

John F. Kennedy Jr. is about as sexy as yesterday’s cold mashed potatoes. I wonder, if his father wasn’t famous, and he didn’t have money, and his name was Jones, just how sexy he would appear?

BOB SHERLAND

Mountain Home, Ark.

Am I the only one who noticed that your article on the Kennedy wedding contained not one picture of “Flowers, silk, candlelight and romance” as proclaimed on your cover? Your cover photo was seen by the entire world a week before. I’m disappointed by your ploy.

SUSAN LEWTER, Alameda, Calif.

A woman who wears no jewelry, no bra and a dress that looks like a nightgown is a woman who forgot to dress for her own wedding. I will assume this was the rehearsal on Sept. 21 and the real wedding is yet to come.

ELECIA A. LEE, Colorado Springs

CHRISTIE BRINKLEY

Christie Brinkley may be beautiful to look at, but inside she seems pretty messed up. She should look into getting some therapy to find out that it’s who you are that makes you happy—not any man.

CHRISTEN CHRISTNER, Portland, Ore.

SHERIFF JOE ARPAIO

Prisoners are supposed to be paying their debt to society, not staying at a country club. As the sister of a police officer, I worry that someday my brother may not come home because he has been murdered by a repeat offender who may be sent back to prison to enjoy cable TV, delicious meals and a better health and dental plan than the average citizen. I agree with Arpaio, who said, “Jail should be punishment.”

JUDITH GORDON, Westfield, Mass.

ADMIRAL STOCKDALE

I am ashamed of the way we treated Adm. James Stockdale during the ’92 presidential campaign. Though I am not a Perot supporter, I believe it is all too evident that the media responds to only the slickest of politicians and puts the others on their hit list. Maybe Admiral Stockdale wouldn’t have made a good Vice President, but he makes a damn good American.

AMY H. ROST, St. Louis

MULTIPLE BIRTHS

For years the media’s focus on surviving quints gave the message that you can successfully carry them all. I’m here to testify that it just isn’t so. I got the news of my multiple gestations at the same time as two other couples. After much prayer and many tears, doctors, family and ministers convinced me that inaction on my part would be tantamount to killing all the future children I was carrying. Both couples who chose not to reduce had complete miscarriages. God does not put five embryos in a human womb—doctors do. Does this mean I do not believe in miracles? Every time I hear our home ringing with children’s laughter, I know they can happen.

NAME WITHHELD, Montague, N.J.

It infuriates me that you began your article with the English woman who was expecting octuplets. Fertility drugs can be a godsend to people like myself who could never have conceived otherwise. But people conceiving one child is not newsworthy, while self-serving idiots like this woman stand to make headlines and thousands of dollars peddling their stories.

ANNE CROOK LUTES, Chapel Hill, N.C.