People Staff
August 14, 2000 12:00 PM

John & Carolyn Kennedy

Finally, a positive article about this intriguing couple who met a tragic end. I have been so frustrated by all the negative headlines since their demise. Any problems in their marriage should remain private, as each of us would demand of our own. All normal marriages have conflict, but there is happiness and love as well. Thanks for illustrating this.

Joy Rogers, Bowling Green, Ky.

This is beyond the pale. Any person with half a brain knows how difficult it is to judge a relationship from the outside. To try to analyze the ins and outs of this one is ludicrous. We have our memories, and they had their lives. Chances are there isn’t much correlation between the two.

Vicki B. Herlich, Andover, Mass.

The JFK Jr. plane accident was a tragedy, especially for the Bessette family. Despite your efforts to downplay it, the bottom line is unfortunately obvious. The members of the Kennedy family have many gifts, but knowing their limits is often not one of them.

Jennifer Cherry, St. Michaels, Md.


It’s so ironic when people, waving the banner of righteous indignation, exhibit the very behavior they are condemning. I’m referring to Becky Heilman’s letter complaining about you giving away the season finale of Sex and the City, then giving away the ending of The Sixth Sense herself. Thank you, Becky. While you’re at it, why don’t you spoil the ending of American Beauty?

Catherine Steinberg, Riverwoods, Ill.

Becky, sweetheart, I’ve never seen Citizen Kane either. Thanks for ruining it for me!

Janet Duvall, Somerset, Pa.

Shame on you, PEOPLE, for printing that letter for all to see.

Kristin Feeley, Bayonne, N.J.

We apologize. We had assumed, incorrectly, that these endings were no longer a secret. It’s an error we won’t he repeating.—ED.

Yes, there were many of us who never knew him, but you can’t help but feel that a piece of our family history has vanished.

Maureen Mahoney, Naples, Fla.

I’d like to reply to Lisa Ferre’s letter about the women who were sexually assaulted in Central Park. The women who were attacked were “strutting their stuff”? Assaulting women is just a case of “men being men”? I go jogging almost every morning. I wear shorts with a T-shirt or even (gasp!) a tank top. Perhaps I’d better go out tomorrow wearing a parka and ski pants so that “men being men” don’t see my “stuff,” think that I am saying “Want me!” and decide that it’s okay to rape me. The blame is not “upon us all.” The blame is only upon the perpetrators of the assaults and people like Lisa Ferre, who assaulted the victims again with their ludicrous and ignorant comments.

Julie McIntosh, Plano, Texas

Venus Williams

Venus Williams takes the Wimbledon singles title, becoming the first African-American woman to do so in 42 years. Then she and her sister Serena capture the women’s doubles—a historic first for African-American women. You gave more space to what’s-his-name [Eminem], self-described as “the epitome of white trash,” and to a millionaire killer than to the Williamses. Your readers expect better from you!

Beverly Roberts Charles, Oakland


Eminem is absolutely disgusting. He is a horrible role model for our children. But it is only half his fault. The other half belongs to the teens who buy his records and their parents for letting them. It is a pity that the average American can barely keep the roof over his family’s head and this person is making millions singing about violence, spousal abuse and God knows what else.

Paula Curcio, New York City

Picks & Pans

“At what point,” asks X-tremely out-of-touch reviewer Tom Gliatto, “did comic-book super-heroes become psychologically tortured and prone to philosophical posturing?” The answer, Tom, is about 40 years ago, when writer Stan Lee and his collaborators revolutionized the comics industry with the Fantastic Four, Spider-Man and, yes, the X-Men. Before you attempt another comics-related review, check out the X-cellent remedial reading on display at your local comics store.

Andy Duncan, Tuscaloosa, Ala.


I read with excitement your Insider report about Rob Lowe joining our fight against breast cancer (PEOPLE, July 10) as spokesperson for Lee National Denim Day. The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation feels that every individual has the ability to make a difference, and this is a great example of how millions of people coming together for a single cause can change the world. We are thrilled to have Mr. Lowe emphasize that breast cancer affects everyone whose life it touches.

Nancy Brinker, The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, Dallas

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