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Jennifer Lopez & Puff Daddy

What a disappointment for Latinas everywhere. Here we thought Jennifer was the one role model our little sisters could look up to. Instead, she proves you can take the girl out of the ghetto, but you can’t take the ghetto out of the girl. Let’s hope she comes to her senses soon.

Maria E. Mejia and Lori Nunez, Chicago

As a young Puerto Rican, I am embarrassed about the mess Jennifer Lopez has been embroiled in. I don’t care if she stays with that overrated guy who does nothing but sample great artists. As far as I’m concerned, she’s nothing but a big disappointment.

Monserrate Mendez, Newark, N.J.

Jennifer’s attorney alleges, “They got into the wrong car.” (Right, with their chauffeur and bodyguard in the car.) The car runs 11 lights with police in pursuit, and Jennifer doesn’t know they’re trying to pull them over? Then charges are dropped against Jennifer. Why? Because she “cried for hours”? Is that all it takes to get charges dropped in New York these days? We may have just finished celebrating the Christmas season, but do these pathetic people really think we all just fell off a Christmas tree?

Lee Martinez, Falls Church, Va.

After reading your article, I have come to believe that the talented Sean “Puffy” Combs and Jennifer Lopez have good values but have not shown the best judgment in terms of the friends with whom they socialize. I hope the couple can weather the storm. By the way, I have always thought Jennifer Lopez has a beautiful behind, not the glaring large one that people have joked about.

Josh Hamerman, Scotch Plains, N.J.

I normally enjoy reading PEOPLE even though I know it is geared for white America. However, I took offense at your cover story, which seemed to portray Jennifer Lopez in an almost angelic light and made Puffy Combs out to be some villainous thug. I can only guess that your stance on this was because white America has developed a fondness for Ms. Lopez, who is a fair-skinned, attractive Latina who can easily fit into the mainstream. While Puff Daddy has had some run-ins with the law, he certainly cannot be categorized as a villain. Perhaps a black man’s meteoric rise to stardom and the ability to hobnob within white society while still staying down with the streets leads your magazine to vilify him.

Ericka Johnson, Oak Lawn, Ill.

Jennifer, you better drop him like a bad habit while you still can.

Corina Jamison, Milford, Conn.

You devoted six pages to Jennifer Lopez and Puff Daddy when six lines in Insider would have sufficed.

Jim Tweedle, El Paso

Jerry Seinfeld

I find it ironic that the nation’s most famously fussy bachelor could marry a woman who doesn’t seem to take her vows very seriously. Does Jerry Seinfeld honestly think this woman would have given him the time of day if he weren’t rich and famous? She probably would have stayed with the tycoon she originally married.

The moral of this story is: When someone shows you their true colors, believe them. I give this marriage nine months!

Lisa Siri, Watsonville, Calif.

Is it my imagination, or does Jessica Sklar look like she just won the Seinfeld Lottery?

Garret L. James, Indianapolis


I was disappointed by your minimal coverage of the death of Clayton Moore, who became the Lone Ranger to many of us baby boomers. Yet Mr. Moore’s career included much more than his seven years as the Lone Ranger. He lived his life in the virtuous manner of the “masked man,” standing for and promoting love of family, God and America.

Conrad Dennis, Oshkosh, Wis.


You’ve made my millennium! Imagine my surprise at seeing an article on Prince. The master writer, performer, producer and multimusical-instrument expert doesn’t appear often enough in print. His talent is unmatched, and his music has given me and many others great joy.

Debra Zavala, Portland, Ore.

Lady Bird Johnson

Thank you for your respectful profile of Lady Bird Johnson. I have long admired her for her graciousness, loyalty and farsighted environmental concerns. Her example of continued competence and public involvement as one ages is simply her latest way of inspiring us.

Lea Pierce, Santa Rosa, Calif.

Style Watch

There is something to be said for humility these days. Roshumba definitely does not have any. To quote Judge Judy, “Beauty fades, but dumb is forever.” I would say that this fits Roshumba as perfectly as her spike heels.

Melinda Hass, Springdale, Ark.

Charles M. Schulz

How appalling to find Jennifer Lopez and Puffy Combs on your cover and Charles Schulz’s retirement in the back. Next week, people probably won’t even remember what a foolish act these stars committed. But Peanuts has touched nearly all of us, and the gang is something our hearts will never forget.

Katie O’Connor, Sacramento

I can’t imagine picking up the newspaper without reading Peanuts. No matter what negative news headlined the paper, Charlie Brown and the gang always brought a smile to my face.

Penny Dewar, North Brookfield, Mass.

Good grief! It hurts to say goodbye, Charlie Brown. I’ll miss you.

Dianne M. Teesdale, Palmyra, N.J.

Seamus Farrow

Although I am sure Mia Farrow is very proud of her son’s accomplishments, a child who “whips out his laptop” to do homework when he is around other children is a child to be concerned about. Our son is the same type of boy as Seamus, and will probably be ready to take on college-level work at age 12. But as proud as we are of him, we have worked hard to encourage social and play skills so he will have friends and a chance at the joys of childhood. It hasn’t been easy. So many of these gifted children never learn to fit in socially and grow up to be depressed young adults. This article was a sad comment on the American dream and what it is doing to our children.

Name Withheld


Ouch! Your readers’ responses to the article on Martha Stewart smelled like sour grapes. Women should celebrate any businesswoman who reached the billion-dollar mark and didn’t rely on her looks. View the success of Martha as a step forward, not a threat. It’s a good thing!

L.L. Burt, Muncie, Ind.

In editing my letter for publication in Mailbag (Jan. 1), you referred to Gilda’s Club as being for women seeking social and emotional support while living with cancer. This is a common misperception. Our international network of free meeting places was from the start set up to include men, women and children. The fact that everyone is welcome, not just women, is what makes Gilda’s Club special.

Joanna Bull, Founder and President, Gilda’s Club, Inc., New York City

To the woman who called Barry Williams a “pompous ass” for his only wanting to sign “Barry Williams” when she asked for his autograph: That’s his name, isn’t it? Lighten up! I played a barn animal in a first-grade Christmas pageant some 32 years ago, yet I wouldn’t want everyone just associating me with that the rest of my life.

Tony Taylor, Tucson