Thank you for the beautiful cover shot of Angel Jaclyn Smith (PEOPLE, Oct. 9). Not only is she beautiful outside—she’s even more beautiful within. It’s wonderful to read about such a nice old-fashioned girl. Please have her on your cover again.
It makes me sick whenever I pick up a new PEOPLE and Charlie’s Angels or one of them is on the cover. It seems like every time they break a fingernail you come running. Please save this special spot for someone really deserving.
Prince Reza Pahlavi
In view of the ongoing upheavals and mass demonstrations against the Shah’s repressive regime, the article on his son was irrelevant, to say the least. Millions of Iranians are calling for an end to the Shah’s U.S.-backed regime, and thousands are being savagely gunned down. This kind of story is a humiliation to anyone aware of the situation in Iran.
College Park, Md.
The Shah fears the “softening influence of…mother and sisters” on his son Reza? Does soft mean weak and cowardly, or kind and gentle—unlike his brutal, autocratic father?
Being a criminal justice major at Southwest Texas State University, I was ecstatic to see the progress that L.A. detective Lloyd Martin has made with sexually exploited children.
Jerry and Dorothy Singer
Shame on ABC. What a waste of $100,000 for funding research on school-age children in the attempt to instruct them how to watch TV constructively. I’m not trying to put the Singers out of a job, but if ABC had used the money to improve the quality of their regular programming during early-hour viewing, it might have made more sense.
Hooray for Ken Uston, the Ralph Nader of Nevada casinos! It’s time something was done about these legalized thieves and their abuse of the antiquated Nevada laws. I hope Mr. Uston will enjoy the money he’ll obviously be granted from his lawsuits.
Picks & Pans
Thank you for mentioning The Unknown War, but I would like to make a correction. I think the way your paragraph was worded gave the false impression that I wrote the script for the series. Every word of the splendid narration spoken by Burt Lancaster was written by Boston University Professor John Lord.
As a virgin orthopedic surgeon—one not yet sued by the likes of lawyer Rosenblatt—I am honestly appalled by his naive savagery. I struggle so as not to confuse my anger with Mr. Rosenblatt’s right to voice his opinion, but I must express my contempt for the bias contained within this article. Am I to assume that his constant term they means all doctors? Would you assume if I said, “They [lawyers] are miserable bastards,” that I meant all lawyers, or just malpractice lawyers?
James Worcester Jr., M.D.
Mr. Rosenblatt’s statements are a mass of contradictions, but I must agree with him on one point. Physicians don’t police their profession well—nor do nurses, attorneys or journalists. If the latter were true, articles like this one would give way to honest, in-depth reporting.
Susan K. Strauss
With stories like this, you are encouraging more malpractice suits, which in turn increase the cost of medical care. My husband, an orthopedic surgeon, pays 25 times what he paid 11 years ago for the same malpractice insurance ($276 in 1967, $6,982 in 1978). He has never been sued. However, he and his patients must bear the cost of other people’s litigation.
Mary Rose Jones
Attorney Rosenblatt should realize what a difficult time the medical profession has policing itself. Whenever a hospital or medical examining board attempts to rid the profession of an incompetent doctor, he arms himself with an attorney and prepares to sue for libel, defamation of character, violation of his right to earn a living, etc. It is a ridiculous situation which is perpetuated by the self-serving lawyers themselves.
Costa Mesa, Calif.
The majority of medical professionals put themselves through physical, mental and emotional stress that is unknown in any other profession, and even after finally attaining that M.D., most put in much longer days than just about any other profession. Be thankful, Mr. Rosenblatt, that you have days, weeks, months to prepare a case. Doctors have to make mind-bending, emotionally demanding decisions in minutes, and they are human. If people would use a little “horse sense” themselves they would realize that the medical profession has done a very exceptional job. Would you like a doctor to save your life, then charge you on a contingency basis?
Mary K. Stockinger
I’ve had enough experiences with doctors to fully share Attorney Rosenblatt’s general assessment. The vast majority of doctors are indeed “tin gods” tarnished by an insatiable need for self-aggrandizement and an inadequate concern for their patients.
I see nothing wrong with a patient who has been injured through malpractice receiving a just settlement, but why does Stanley Rosenblatt receive so much? A surgeon who saves a life cannot charge 40 percent of all the patient owns. Surely saving a life is of more value than the hours spent in court or preparing a case. Lawyers’ fees should be regulated too.
Kathleen A. Chase