If the producers of Cheers are still wondering if they made the right move hiring Kirstie Alley, they can stop (PEOPLE, Oct. 29). Only one correspondent was ungallant enough to suggest that they hadn’t. On another topic, only one reader—not the same one—was willing to defend Bill Cosby’s decision to dump from the opening of his TV show a mural that was inspired by one painted by a group of homeless schoolchildren rather than pay off the kids for the rights to it.
Kirstie Alley thinks she has a big ego? A big heart is more like it. Her seemingly endless energy helping friends, strays and causes while pursuing a career is both admirable and unbelievable. A happy marriage and forthcoming family is a well-deserved reward for such a candid, grateful person.
San Ramon, Calif.
Kirstie Alley survived a family tragedy and substance abuse, but what’s this nonsense about “a heartbreaking miscarriage”? Twenty percent of all pregnancies are miscarried; latest research points to a possible 40 percent during the first month of first pregnancies. This usually means that the fetus has some genetic error that would make it incompatible with life. It’s difficult to admire her “strength” and “toughness” in dealing with something most women accept as a normal part of childbearing.
Astrid Blackburn, R.N.
North Vancouver, B.C.
The producers of Cheers are nuts if they don’t renew Kirstie’s contract.
Marcia R. Schlein
Kirstie Alley is fine in movies, but on Cheers she can’t even begin to carry Shelley Long’s tray.
Is Kirstie Alley’s lifetime of pain really more significant than Leonard Bernstein’s lifetime of monumental genius? I suspect even Miss Alley might have said, “Cheers to you, Lenny,” had she occupied the smaller part of that embarrassing cover.
I used to have an image of Bill Cosby as a humanitarian. Not anymore. It is an outrage that he has taken the stance he has regarding compensation for using this mural. These homeless children don’t need a “credit”; they need something tangible. Sure, 63 scholarships is nothing to sneeze at, but can’t you afford it, Mr. Cosby? Even if you offered each child $1,000, that surely is a drop in the bucket compared with what you earn for each episode.
New Bedford, Mass.
Shame on Bill Cosby. Here is one of the most highly paid people in the world, and he cannot even offer a token of gratitude to these kids. Unfortunately all Mr. Cosby can offer is a lesson in greed and ill will.
As an elementary school art instructor, I believe we need to teach young artists that a work can be done simply for the joy of the project and the excitement of creating it. How proud I would be to see some of my children’s work recognized as worthy to open a top television series. Yes, it is wonderful to gain profit for one’s art, but to demand it and show youth that that’s really all it’s about is a pity.
CAROL DIMAITI STUART
Should I or shouldn’t I renew? That was the question. Sure. I enjoy the reviews, the celebrity turmoil, even the wacky weddings. But do I really need to know this stuff? The answer is yes! When people like the DiMaitis can turn the worst tragedy that people can suffer into the gifts of love and encouragement provided by the Carol DiMaiti Stuart scholarships, I do need to know it. It is, indeed, a “legacy of hope” for all of us.
LAURA & MIKE HARDER
Like Laura and Mike Harder (PEOPLE, Sept. 24), my husband and I recently returned from Romania having adopted a 17-month-old baby. Unlike the Harders, however, we had a very positive, uplifting, loving experience in Romania.
True, the plight of the orphans in Romania is grim and emotionally charged. Our experience, however, was that the Romanians and their government are pleased and grateful to Americans for adopting their orphans. They are likewise very concerned that the children being adopted are given up willingly by the birth parents—not being bought and sold. The nurses and doctors running the orphanage where our son came from were loving, warm professionals, with little or no resources, doing the very best they could for the children.
As for the U.S. Embassy in Bucharest, we found the entire staff extremely helpful, accommodating and sensitive to this emotional situation. My husband and I have been trying to adopt in America for nearly two years. We have friends who have waited years longer. From the time we learned about our son to the time we legally adopted him and had him home safely, it was a matter of only 2½ months.
Our experience was so very positive that our lives will forever be touched by the warmth and love of the Romanian people. We hope more Americans wishing to adopt will be encouraged by our experience to go to Romania to adopt.