Congratulations to Caroline Kennedy on her engagement (PEOPLE, March 17). A special congratulation also to her mother, Jackie, who brought up a lovely, unspoiled daughter in the midst of so many tragedies and unwanted invasions of privacy. I’m sure her father would be so proud of her, as we all are. Much happiness, Caroline. You deserve it.
Sure, there is an age difference between Caroline Kennedy and Ed Schlossberg, but at 28, Ms. Kennedy is not, repeat, not a “girl.” There’s a perfectly good word to describe her: It’s spelled W-O-M-A-N. Got it?
Dr. Ernest Boyer
As a psychologist who has spent the better part of the past 10 years in the public schools, I reacted strongly to Dr. Boyer’s statement that teachers’ salaries are not central to the problem. In a society that believes that you get what you pay for, salaries impact not only on the public’s perception but also on teachers’ perception of themselves. If we are to attract the best and the brightest for careers in teaching, then salaries must be competitive. Unfortunately, if one is to judge by graduate school admission tests, we are currently attracting the least capable candidates.
Gerald Lipton, Ph.D.
One problem with education today may be that the Mr. Fixits like Dr. Ernest Boyer are not in lockstep with reality. To say “If you’re a good teacher…you become a counselor or a principal” is flying in the face of reason. To paraphrase a prevalent feeling in many schools—Them that can, teach. Them that can’t become counselors or administrators and perpetuate mediocrity with their incompetency.
Statue of Liberty
I read and reread the article to see if I was correct. I was. There was not a single mention of the American Indian. I think Mr. Wolper has made a grave error in excluding us from the celebration. We were represented in the Summer Olympics, why not here? Just because we did not cross the Atlantic to get here does not mean that Lady Liberty does not have meaning to us. To us, she represents the hope we have in our nation. The hope for fair treatment, fulfillment of our sacred treaty rights, freedom of religion and freedom from oppression. Has Mr. Wolper forgotten us? We are still here. All we ask is to be included in the national culture. We are willing to share what we have with others if we can share in the national pride of the Statue of Liberty.
David Wolper replies: I included the American Indian in the opening ceremonies of the 1984 Olympics and I’m going to figure out a way so that they will be represented in the Statue of Liberty celebration.
As a schoolteacher, I was delighted to hear about the essay contest on the meaning of the Statue of Liberty, but I couldn’t find a mailing address. I’m sure other teachers would be interested. Would you please print it?
There is a different mailing address for each state. For information write to Sheila McCauley, Student Campaign Director, Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, 101 Park Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10178.
I have a difficult time accepting the sanctification of Katharine Hepburn when the bottom line is that one of her major roles in life was that of the “other woman.”
Bravo to Katharine Hepburn for having the courage to share remembrances of a truly special love. In this time of individuals revealing secrets about “loved ones” at their expense and the media wreaking havoc with deep and private emotions, it is refreshing and touching to learn about Hepburn’s and Tracy’s relationship through her reminiscences—which are very personal, precious, lovely and best of all, hurting no one.
Newton Center, Mass.
In your March 10 cover story you report that “Gloria Steinem makes do with an income near six figures from royalties, speeches and her pay as Ms. editor, but her taste in beaux is richer.” In fact, it’s more rewarding to watch money change the world than watch it accumulate. That’s why most of my royalty and speaking income is given to the women’s movement, why my editing at Ms. is unsalaried, and why I am happy to make a fraction of the income you imply. You also malign both me and Mort Zuckerman, the friend with whom you photographed me, by implying that money, which is replaceable, is more important than people, who are unique.
New York City
On requerying, Ms. Steinem acknowledges that she does take a salary as editor of Ms. “when I am really broke, but only occasionally.” She puts her charitable donations at 50 percent of her income.
Picks and Pans
Usually I agree with Ralph Novak’s assessments of the entertainment he reviews, but this time his scathing remarks are really off the mark. Ann Murray’s new album, Something To Talk About, shows a change in the singer that is refreshing and long awaited. She has been stuck in the “boring” country and middle-of-the-road categories far too long. She deserves a change for the better, and with this album I believe she has done it.
Lacy I. Moore