March 24, 1975 12:00 PM

Christina Onassis

If poor Christina Onassis’ suffering and sorrows merit a cover story in your magazine (PEOPLE, March 3), then what about all of the people who must bear their sorrows without the aid of Daddy’s millions to help wash away the tears?

Robert B. Carrel

Vincennes, Ind.

Do you really think it’s fair to Christina to rely simply on quotes from the past or things that “friends” said about her, such as “she is not a particularly intelligent girl”? She is a very strong and courageous woman, much more so than you give her credit for. According to you, Miss Onassis’ morale needs a terrific amount of boosting. If that is true, I certainly hope she never has to read her life story in your magazine.

Emily Lyon

New York

Mary Mendelson

One thousand and one hurrahs for Mrs. Mendelson. I’m glad someone has finally spoken out about nursing homes and their “care.” Some people may choose to believe they aren’t all that bad, but believe me, they aren’t all that great either. I was employed briefly in one. Mrs. Mendelson, keep talking!

Janice Hill

Grand Forks, N.D.

Having worked in nursing homes in Connecticut and Florida, I have seen first hand “the deteriorating family unit” that puts old people into these homes. It’s a shame that one mother can take care of seven children but seven children can’t take care of one mother!

Joanne Nassar


Ft. Lauderdale

I too listen grimly to Mary Mendelson’s charges of scandal in the nursing home industry. Out of 23,000 nursing homes in the United States, Ms. Mendelson has visited 200 in the last 10 years. This is less than 1 %, and from this percentage she assumes from her own observations and conversations that about 85% of the facilities she saw are substandard. I feel that 85% of Ms. Mendelson’s observations are substandard.

Natalie K. Perkins

Altadena Manor


The Colberts and autographs

The Colberts not only do not deserve the national coverage they are receiving, their fraudulent deception is an insult to autograph collectors and celebrities alike.

Kimberly Jo Guinn

Evansville, Ind.

I now can understand why many noted persons choose to live their private lives in partial or total seclusion.

Lela Cocoros

Wilton, Conn.

I was surprised to see, among the pictures of celebrities whom the Colberts have written to, a picture of Lassie. Do you mean to tell me that these autograph hounds pretended to name their son after a dog?

Barbara Lindberg

Sunnyvale, Calif.

Not quite. They sent out a letter from their own dog, saying they were naming it “Lassie.” The picture and paw print from Hollywood followed.—ED.

Charles Colson

I feel sorry for Charles Colson and his family but can’t help comparing his $100,000 job and seven-month sentence with the people in prison here. It’s devastating to them also, with no money behind them and no Ivy League schools (or often even high school). Nobody wants to interview them on the Today Show when they finally get out. And the average term is much longer than seven months.

The gravest payment is always exacted from the wives, children and parents—and when most prisoners rejoin society they aren’t wanted on the paid lecture circuit. Every article on the people involved with Watergate just makes my blood boil.

Judith M. James

Ft. Leavenworth

Hugh Downs

As an Arizona resident almost all the last 15 years, I failed to detect any groundswell here for Hugh Downs to run for governor, the U.S. Senate or anything else. Fact is, Arizona voters, Democrats included, have shown a dispassionate disinterest in émigré liberals of the Kennedy plumage—be it Downs, Andy Williams, Kennedy stooge Sam Grossman (summarily rejected by the electorate for the Senate in 1970) or whoever. Are you New York-Chicago experts able to detect something that the rest of us have missed? Is there magic in your carpetbaggery?

Bill Davidson

Prescott, Ariz.

Ruwe-Lammerding wedding

I did not enjoy reading about a pair of public servants—Nicholas Ruwe and Nancy Lammerding—selecting china at $195 a plate. Nice china is one thing but this is ridiculous! In a time of grave economic crises, the attitude of our public servants reflects, we hope, the attitude of our government.

J. Carole Clarke

Washington, D.C.

Referee Jake O’Donnell

Good article on Jake O’Donnell but he wasn’t the first to officiate in two major pro sports. I think you’ll find Bill Stewart was both a National League baseball umpire and a National Hockey League referee before O’Donnell.

Bob Bluteau

Middle Village, N.Y.

We were in the army with a guy who pitched for the N.Y. Yankees and later became an NBA official and is now a major league umpire by the name of Bill Kunkel.

Mike Sullivan

Jim Davins

West Haven, Conn.

The late Charley Berry officiated in the National Football League and American Baseball League…

Lew Atchison

Washington, D.C.

Art McNally, who is now head of the NFL officials, was an NFL and an NBA official at the same time…

Floyd W. Brewer


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