June 14, 1982 12:00 PM

Jane Fonda and Tom Hayden

At a time when divorce is rampant, it is encouraging to read about the successful marriage of Jane Fonda and Tom Hayden (PEOPLE, May 24). They are a team, supporting each other’s efforts and goals. As a result, both have excelled in their careers, and many people have benefited from their accomplishments. Considering what they have tolerated as public figures, it is admirable that they have maintained such a stable, decent life-style.

Liz Henzey

Alexandria, Va.

I am outraged by your glorification of Jane Fonda and her revolutionary husband, Tom Hayden. Your cover picture and story are tantamount to campaigning for Hayden and endorsing his beliefs, which is not a journalistic function but rather a disservice to his opponent and to the nation.

Theodore Martin

Landrum, S.C.

Teens and contraception

I support the Planned Parenthood clinic in my city and get birth control from them. My parents do not know. The people at Planned Parenthood were understanding and caring, and they helped me tremendously in making the decision to use the Pill. Luckily, I am now 18, but if this law passes I’ll feel terribly sorry for those girls who will have to take their chances because they are afraid to tell their parents. Our parents must begin to see that sex is a major part of kids’ lives today—whether they can understand it or not.

Name Withheld

St. Clair Shores, Mich.

I was a teenage mother. I wanted my baby, but if I had had the option I’m not sure what I would have done. Now I’m the mother of a teenage daughter, and I hope that when the time comes she will feel she can come to me. If not, at least the options are now there for her. She won’t have to go through the struggle I had of being a child with a child. God bless you, Faye Wattleton, and your purpose.

Name Withheld

Spring Valley, Calif.

Where do rights start and stop? Planned Parenthood would protect the rights of teenage girls to use birth control while taking away the rights of parents to guide their minors in such momentous decisions. I believe parents do care. It is too bad that Planned Parenthood has so much influence over our youth and so much money to advertise itself. I hope it loses federal funding. Maybe then our teenagers will have to revert to sex with obligations, limitations and responsibilities.

Sherry Aman

Scottsdale, Ariz.

I sure don’t recall that old, all-knowing pharmacist of the 1950s getting on the telephone and calling his neighbors to let them know that their young son had just bought his first pack of condoms. He just smiled and winked enviously. On the other hand, young women are told to refrain from sex because they might get pregnant. Then, if they are intelligent enough to use contraceptives, they may soon be told, “Someone’s gonna tell on you.” When will women finally be treated as independent thinkers—just as men always have been?

Claudia McDonald

Fort Pierce, Fla.

Star Tracks

I was surprised to read that Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid, starring Steve Martin, Rachel Ward and Carl Reiner, received “devastating reviews” (PEOPLE, May 31). Had your editor taken the time to look at what critics besides PEOPLE’S had to say about the film, he would have read many favorable comments; Steve Martin was singled out with some of the best notices of his career. Among the excellent reviews were those of the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, Cosmopolitan and the Today Show.

David V. Picker


Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid

New York City

Jesse Ventura and Adrian Adonis

Jesse Ventura says, “The American people are sickos who love violence and the sight of blood.” Doesn’t he see that by participating in these public displays of violence, he is contributing to our nation’s love of and need for violence? Surely we Americans can come up with other forms of entertainment. Eventually the Romans had to.

Meredith Thompson


U.S.S. Phoenix

I want all former shipmates on the U.S.S. Phoenix, afterward Argentina’s General Belgrano, to know that there will be a reunion in San Antonio this December. We are anxious to contact every man who served on the “luckiest ship in the U.S. Navy.” It is unfortunate that the Phoenix’s luck didn’t hold for the many Argentine sailors who lost their lives on May 2 in the Falklands.

H.L. Smith

Palo Alto, Calif.

Shipmates can write to Chester Mill-man, U.S.S. Phoenix Association, 7514 Cherry Tree Drive, Fulton, Md. 20759.


Rolf Benirschke

Inflammatory bowel disease is so misunderstood. I have been turned down for insurance despite the fact that my case is so mild I should never need surgery. Had I told the doctor performing my pre-employment physical that I have colitis, I would not have been hired for my job as a CPA, and yet I haven’t missed a day of work since I was hired a year and a half ago. I hope that stories like Rolf’s will show that people with IBD can live full lives and do the same work as everyone else.

Name Withheld

Aurora, Colo.

As I began to read Rolf Benirschke’s story, all the memories of the drugs, the hospitals and the illness itself came flooding back to my mind. I had ulcerative colitis and all the same symptoms for the last 10 years of my 26. But last year I had the continent ileostomy (Kock pouch) surgery that Rolf is going to have. I cannot express how my life has changed. It was a hard road to recovery, but it was worth every bit of the pain, the crying and the praying. I am alive and kicking, too!

Karen Elaine Faddis

Knoxville, Tenn.

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