December 18, 1989 12:00 PM

Readers, for the most part, were sympathetic to Kitty Dukakis in her battle with alcoholism, but several took us to task for putting her on our cover (PEOPLE, Nov. 27). They felt that the publicity could only add to her troubles. Readers also came to the defense of Burt Reynolds and Loni Anderson, objecting to earlier mail that accused the celebrity couple of having used their fame and fortune to hasten the adoption of their son, Quinton.


THE PRIVATE PAIN OF KITTY DUKAKIS? You used the wrong adjective. It should have read THE EXPOSED PAIN or, better yet, RUBBING SALT IN THE WOUNDS OF KITTY DUKAKIS, since that is what you have blatantly done. If PEOPLE had any compassion, she wouldn’t have been on the cover. She doesn’t deserve to be hounded by the press, watching and waiting for her to stumble. In God’s name, leave her alone.

Cathy Gawthrop

Leesburg, Ind.

As a recovering alcoholic and a woman who has been treated for depression, my heart goes out to Kitty Dukakis. I am grateful that my doctors, family and friends never found it necessary to make all of my “slips” public knowledge, or I would never have attained the 12 years of sobriety that I now so thankfully have.

Kathy Jones

Eddy, Texas

I don’t have an addictive personality, so I may not have a right to say this, but I am getting tired of all the sympathy being given to Kitty Dukakis. She has a loving husband, three healthy children, financial security and the freedom to do whatever she wants. Why is she so unhappy? Because she no longer has the attention that she craves, because she didn’t become First Lady? Instead of drowning her sorrows in a bottle, she should count her blessings. She has so much to be thankful for, and she is throwing it all away.

G. Rhoads

Reseda, Calif.


As a public librarian, I was interested in the article about Karen Lindsay spending a night in jail for the alleged non-return of library books. I’ll admit the punishment seems rather extreme for the “crime,” and I don’t blame PEOPLE for having fun with the story, but let’s not forget that the loss of library material is a serious matter. The cost of “lost” library materials is always borne by the taxpayers, and they are the ones who are denied access to their collective investment. We should also remember that many retail stores routinely prosecute for losses involving much smaller amounts.

Stephen F. Rees

Abington, Pa.

I am shocked! I have never heard of anything more ridiculous in my life. Ms. Lindsay spending the night in jail is not the shocking part. What I don’t understand is why she would turn down a chance to meet David Letterman! Is she three bricks shy of a load, or what?

Letha Jones

Aberdeen, Md.


Reading the allegations made against Joseph Campbell, I am reminded of a lesson taught by one of my own teachers. When I related my disappointment over a revelation of impropriety in someone I greatly admired, he told me that this incident in no way diminished the person’s ability or insight into his subject; it only proved that he was human. I found this lesson reinforced by Campbell’s own beliefs. He taught that no matter what culture one examined, there was always something valuable to be learned. I feel the same way about the man—whether the allegations are valid or not, his insight and ability as a teacher have given me valuable lessons which transcend human frailty.

Kahne Parsons

Metairie, La.


Your book reviewer Jeff Brown seems to think my daring Tony Randall into writing Which Reminds Me, a collection of show-business stories and anecdotes, is “scant justification” for my billing as co-author (PEOPLE, Nov. 6). I agree. But did it not occur to Mr. Brown that my billing means exactly what it says: that I co-wrote the book? Otherwise, thanks to Mr. Brown for his review of Which Reminds Me and “its very real triumphs.”

Michael Mindlin

New York City


We would like to respond to the angry letters regarding Burt Reynolds and Loni Anderson’s adoption. We adopted a son two years ago—a toddler from Korea. One of the many reasons we adopted a foreign-born child was the long wait for an American baby through agencies. We were angry, too, but this anger should not be directed at Reynolds and Anderson, who only took advantage of “private” adoption through an attorney. This anger should be directed toward a system that allows what we consider “baby buying.”

Steven and Judy Safdia

Fort Lauderdale

It should be noted that Burt Reynolds waited many years to adopt a child, having made numerous attempts as a single parent. He was discriminated against on that basis, despite his wealth and fame.

Evan Cummings

Laguna Beach, Calif.

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