December 28, 1987 12:00 PM

Donald Trump

Bravo to Donald Trump (PEOPLE, Dec. 7)! Here’s one guy who has developed self-discipline, done his homework, paid his dues, has the guts to take risks, and is now realizing the payback—living the big American dream. Also he provides jobs for accountants, bookkeepers, bricklayers, chauffeurs, chefs, croupiers, draftsmen, engineers, janitors, mechanics, pilots, receptionists, seamen, secretaries, tellers, waiters, etc. Rather than just envying him, why not practice the sheerest form of flattery? The opportunity is there.

Catherine M. Barnes

New York City

The notion of Donald Trump running for President is absurd. Are you suggesting that we make a list of the ten richest men in America and choose our leaders that way? What political experience does Trump have other than in pressuring local politicians for tax abatements? Should we be impressed by his charitable donations, which amount to less than one-half of one percent of his worth? Surely we can find more qualified people than he to run the country.

Peter Rosenfeld

Washington, D.C.

The last time we had a young, handsome, energetic, millionaire running the country we were all in love. Maybe Donald Trump is our next JFK.

Karen Lynch Trujillo

Walnut Creek, Calif.

While it is commendable that Donald Trump has been able to build an empire for himself through hard work and lucky breaks, what is deplorable is his lack of thought to those in this world who cannot afford the sky-high prices he charges. As a longtime resident of New York City, I have seen how developers like Trump have courted the rich with their megabuildings, with no thought given to the very real impact this has on the people who live in this town. In the past five years not only has the skyline changed, but the attitude of the people as well. Where once New York served as the great melting pot for this country, allowing people of all kinds to come and find their niche, Trump and his ilk have all but killed the ability to find affordable housing. If he and his missus would step away from their million-dollar helicopters and jets and join the real world, perhaps then he could see that there are others in the world besides those with seven-figure bank accounts. To say he loves New York is incorrect—what he loves is owning it.

Selma Hazouri

New York City

I am sure Donald Trump is related to me, probably an uncle or something. He just spells his name wrong.

Marie Christina Trimp

Otis Orchards, Wash.

Shere Hite

For all the talk of the sexual revolution and role changing, I have yet to find a guy who can’t understand why I shouldn’t be thrilled to wash his socks. If Shere Hite’s new book is causing a furor, I can only guess it’s because it’s touching some nerves. In fact, if 13 percent of my married women friends are still passionately in love, I’d be impressed. It takes a lot of energy to raise kids, take care of the house and, in most cases, still work a full-time job. If they can drum up some passion after that, I say, “Bravo!”

Laurie Sauser

New York City

Every woman friend of mine is unhappy in her relationship, and the ones that have broken off a marriage or dating situation are happier than before. Face it, guys, Shere Hite’s research is correct, whether your fragile egos can handle it or not.

Marianne Walters


Lawrencia Bembenek

It’s scary to think that a person can be convicted of murder on such flimsy evidence as was used to convict Lawrencia Bembenek. There is as much evidence against Elfred Schultz as there is against Miss Bembenek. Why wasn’t he investigated more thoroughly? Clearly, justice has not been served in this case, and something has got to be done about it. I will be praying fervently that the case will be reopened and the real killer found.

Vicky Bachert

Grand Rapids, Mich.

Harry Cipriani

I have no tears for Harry Cipriani. My evening spent at his restaurant was memorable for being not only the worst, but the most overpriced. I was shocked to see New Yorkers wait hours(with reservations) for what can only be described as Chef Boy-Ar-Dee Italian cooking. To describe what he puts on the table as “refined Italian home cooking” is a defamation of the genre.

Kea Simon

Laguna Beach, Calif.

Picks & Pans

In response to your review of Cher’s new album, I’m sorry, but I just have to disagree. For years all we heard was, “She will never make it without Sonny,” and she did. Then it was, “She can’t act,” and she did that too. Now you’re trying to say she can’t sing. Come on. Cher has given us so much over the years, and she has done them all very well. Pick on someone else for a change.

Sherrie Rodriguez

Norwalk, Calif.

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