November 09, 1987 12:00 PM

A Mother’s Love

I’ve just finished reading the article about Pat Anthony and Karen Ferreira-Jorge (PEOPLE, Oct. 19). I sobbed. The love between a mother and daughter could never be compared before this. I applaud and admire this whole family. I only hope the Ferreira-Jorges realize just how much love her mother has given them. And as the mother of two, how much laundry she has given them.

Sue Coleman

Alton, Ill.

This magnificent lady, Pat Anthony, did a wonderful and beautiful thing for her daughter and deserves nothing but plaudits. How any religious leader could possibly find any fault with what she did is totally beyond human comprehension. In condemning Pat Anthony’s totally selfless act, they are condemning the very virtues that they hypocritically extol from their pulpits. She is a living sermon on the virtues of parental love and sacrifice.

Charles S. Lipton, M.D.

Fort Knox, Ky.

Pat Anthony says, “I think children are a vitally important part of married life, and Karen was going to be denied that.” What, pray tell, is Alcino Jr.—a kumquat? So Karen was “tormented” and “obsessed” because she had only one beautiful child. I’m sure I speak for many couples with one child by either choice or chance when I say, “The number of a brood does not a family make.”

Kim Lauritsen

Mapleton, Maine

David Virnig

Why is it that most farm families think nothing of allowing 10-, 11-and 12-year-olds to operate equipment that requires greater skill and coordination than they possess? As operators of a midsize family dairy farm, we encourage our children to have some chores in the barn and be active with the raising of the calves, but under no circumstances are they to be near any running machinery or riding on any tractors. That has always been a hard-and-fast rule in our family. Our lives were changed dramatically and forever this summer when our nephew fell off the tractor he was riding with his father. His chest was crushed when the rear wheel ran over him. He died within an hour. People think these kinds of accidents can’t happen to their family. But they can.

Barbara Loughlin

Sauquoit, N.Y.

Thank you for the wonderful article about David Virnig. My husband was seriously injured in a farm accident 10 years ago this month. He lost both legs and nearly his life falling 40 feet from a silo and landing in a silage blower. Today he owns and operates a dairy farm from a wheelchair. The determination and perseverance of these “special” guys should be an inspiration to all physically challenged individuals and to the able-bodied.

Kyla Bandstra

Monroe, Iowa

Valerie Harper

I was glad to read the article on Valerie Harper and to know the truth. She has been a favorite of mine for a long time. I looked forward to her show every week. I watched the first Valerie’s Family, and I agree that it was a mistake to kill off the mother in a comedy. I will never watch the program again. I wish Valerie all the best. Good luck in court!

Theresa Salvati

North Haven, Conn.

I can only say “Bravo” to NBC and Lorimar. I do enjoy Ms. Harper’s work, but I’m sick to death of people who have reached a measure of success in series television but always ask for more. My God, there are people all over the United States who bend over backward to scrape up a decent living, and most celebrities don’t appreciate the money they earn. I hope more studios assume the same policy—either be satisfied or unemployed.

Fred M. Grandinetti

Watertown, Mass.

Gena Spero

As the mother of Gina Sindoni, the victim in the Crime article (PEOPLE, Oct. 5), I want you to know how outraged my family is at the sensationalism of your article. Gina was an intensely caring person, and the article failed to mention that Gina helped found Women’s Action for Nuclear Disarmament with Dr. Helen Caldicott, only one of her many accomplishments. For her family to see how her image has been distorted is excruciatingly painful. The editors chose to include an unsubstantiated sensational headline. To print a photograph of a headline reading “kinky bathtub slaying” is unconscionable. The police investigation and the court testimony show no evidence of kinky sex. By using this titillating headline, your magazine is as unscrupulous as the Rupert Murdoch newspaper that ran it in the first place. Of all the headlines about this case during almost five years, you reprinted the one that is not based on fact. Gina was killed by a person who was known to have a history of aggressive violent behavior and was an abuser of drugs and alcohol. My daughter befriended her and was trying to help her with her problems. Gina is dead and nothing can change that, but this mother will fight to present the facts as I know them because Gina cannot.

Virginia Sindoni

Beverly, Mass.

The tabloid headline was reproduced to illustrate the flurry of sensational media attention that the case received in the Boston area.—ED.

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