People Staff
October 18, 1999 12:00 PM

Judge Judy

I have found a new hero in Judge Judy. She is a no-nonsense judge, and I respect her immensely. If more judges were as tough we might not have the problems in our society that we have today.

Katy Cummins, Lincoln, Neb.

This woman is exactly what is wrong with our world, and the media pushes it in our face. She is nasty, foul-mouthed, egotistical and belittling. First she gets her own show and now the cover of PEOPLE. She’s laughing at all of us—all the way to the bank.

Diane Lebo, Saddle Brook, N.J.

Finally, a lady of my generation with a little substance! I must say she is a far better role model for our daughters than others who have graced your cover, who obviously have been nipped and tucked to death.

Lynn Kiss, Williams Lake, B.C.

Judge Judy makes me sick. I’d rather rake my nails down a chalkboard than listen to that old yenta cluck like a constipated chicken.

Michael Tichenor, Germantown, Tenn.

In 1993, Judge Judy earned $113,000. That doesn’t include what her husband earned the same year as a New York supreme court justice. And he has the guts to say they were “struggling as public servants to make ends meet.” Send some of that “struggling” my way!

Stella Donovan, Phoenix

I wonder if the real reason Judge Judy threw someone out of her courtroom for mimicking her was because it was too painful for her to see how she really behaves!

D. Josephson, Portland, Ore.

Barbara Harris

What a magnificent lady Barbara Harris is! I wish more people in this world had the heart and love that she does. She’s amazing for adopting those four children from their drug-addicted mother. It’s even better how she is trying to stop women from giving birth to more crack babies. Someone should have come up with this idea a long time ago.

Mary Kolek, Manchester, Conn.

The ACLU feels that Barbara Harris’s program is coercive? Then I’m sure they would be open to the idea of developing their own program that allows drug-addicted mothers to live in their ACLU members’ homes and be role models to these women and their children. But Barbara’s probably right: “The people who come out the loudest against you wouldn’t take one of [them] home.”

Pam Bowman, Monrovia, Calif.

The idea Barbara Harris had to start an organization to help prevent drug-addicted women from reproducing was a stroke of genius. But, hey, let’s not discriminate. Let’s offer the same service to men!

Jane Egger, Petersburg, Ark.

As a society we do want men and women to be encouraged to make responsible reproductive choices, but there are better ways to encourage responsibility than targeting one class of women for sterilization. At the end of the day, Ms. Harris is to be commended for her loving care of her four adopted children. But do we really want her or people like her to decide who should or should not reproduce?

Sheigla Murphy, via e-mail

It’s about time someone recognizes that babies have rights too. Who cares if Barbara Harris’s foundation tramples on the rights of drug-addicted moms. As a former social worker I used to spend lunch hours cuddling tiny infants as they writhed in pain from cocaine withdrawal. Let Judge Judy at those mothers, and they might snort or mainline a little less.

Debra J. White, Tempe, Ariz.

Christina Aguilera
While Miss Aguilera has a spectacular voice and is obviously at the beginning of a long career, she has a lot to learn about being a grown-up. Getting upset at a bellman for not recognizing her right away is childish and immature.

Sarah Ritchie, Toronto

After reading about Christina being shunned by her peers I was feeling sorry for her. Then I turned the page and read about her being miffed at the bellman who didn’t recognize that she “only has the No. 1 single in the country.” With an attitude like this perhaps her peers had good reason to shun her. You can’t have it both ways, Christina.

B. Schofield, San Jose, Calif.

Puhleeze! This girl has had one hit song—and I heard it for the first time last week! I work in a hotel and have met some very humble, talented performers, and not one demanded star treatment. Also, she has one song and she is being compared to Streisand? Give her 37 years and maybe she can come close.

Scot G. Lamothe, Newton, Mass.

Star Tracks

I am shocked you found it newsworthy that Madonna left her 3-year-old daughter in her limo while she was at a fashion show. I find it criminal and irresponsible. In most states leaving a child unattended in a motor vehicle is against the law.

Brian Beardsley, Marstons Mills, Mass.

Mothers don’t get “accidentally separated” from their children. Where was the nanny, babysitter or whoever was supposed to be looking after Lourdes while her so-called mother, Madonna, was nowhere to be seen? I don’t even see a driver in the picture. In my opinion, leaving a small child like that alone in a car while hordes of people stare in at her is nothing short of child abuse.

Cathy Jackson, Hohenwald, Tenn.

Lourdes was obviously distraught at being separated from her mother. Any photographer who thought that was a photo op is a sad case. To Larry LeVine: Lourdes never asked to be famous. Let her grow up in peace.

Darla Kuhns, Lancaster, Pa.

It is disappointing to see Madonna‘s daughter riding in a limousine that appeared to have no car seat. This is a terrible example for an intelligent woman like Madonna to set.

Ricardo Torres, Chicago

Madonna‘s spokeswoman, Liz Rosenberg, says, “Lola was not alone. Her nanny was right next to her but out of camera range. Also, Lola never goes anywhere unless she is seat-belted or in a car seat. Madonna is fanatical about that.”—ED.

The Emmys

Thank you, thank you, thank you. I’m so tired of magazines lauding or decrying fashions at Hollywood events and not showing pictures of the celebrities singled out. Your pictures and article about the Emmys were thorough and complete.

Carin Kahn, Hollywood

Jennifer Aniston‘s gown was pretty, but her hair looks like something from which chewing gum was recently extracted. Do these people ever look in the mirror?

Kathleen Bennett, Lanoka Harbor, N.J.

John Stamos

I was a big fan of John Stamos until I read his interview. I loved Full House, and now my daughter, age 7, watches it in syndication. How sad that he is making money from the residuals but says, “The further I get away from that show the better it is for me.” How many soap stars dream of going on to bigger and better things? He should feel lucky Full House had such a good, long run.

Kim Solomon, Westerville, Ohio

Jamie Bedford

Thanks for the story of this remarkable young man. After all he’s been through you’d think he’d just want to get on with his life. God bless him for sharing his story in a documentary so that others can have hope.

Connie Nelson, Fallbrook, Calif.


I just read the sampling of letters regarding Demi Moore and am amazed. Since when is the pain of losing your mother and husband in the same year relieved by money? Ms. Moore is apparently doing right by her children, and that is more information than we have a right to know. Your selection of mail left me with the impression that you have a bunch of judgmental, jealous bitter-pants for readers.

Deborah Wolford, San Marcos, Calif.

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