Correspondents were livid over the treatment of past-their-prime greyhound racing dogs (PEOPLE, Sept. 23) and not much happier with Wanda Holloway, whose determination to get her daughter, Shanna, on to a high school cheerleading squad led to her own conviction on charges of trying to arrange the murder of another cheerleader’s mother.
“Murderous Intent” is one of the most tragic articles I have ever read. I feel it reflects upon an American value system in disintegration. Two families’ lives have been shattered over cheerleading? Unfortunately, Shanna is the most tragic pawn in all of this. She has a mother convicted of plotting a contract murder while her father is already signing with HBO. Don’t you think we can do a better job of raising future generations?
MICHELLE BAZINET, Rensselaer, N.Y.
As a former Dallas-area resident, I view the Holloway incident as the ultimate indictment of the hypocrisy in Texas’s scholastic-sports programs. Visions of families together on a Friday night rooting for the home team are now shattered by the all-too-real look at the behind-the-scenes bullying, backstabbing, social climbing and even the occasional hint of bribery to assure the stature of a good ol’ “Billy” or “Sue.”
When my 14-year-old daughter entered high school, I asked her if she wanted to become a cheerleader. She said, “Why? I want everyone to cheer for me!” They did. She became the captain of the tennis and soccer teams. I’m with her.
LAURIE NELSON, Purchase, N.Y.
I was saddened to see PEOPLE join the media crusade against Wanda Holloway. Your story and accompanying photographs were journalistically irresponsible—specifically, the photograph that allegedly depicts a young Shanna Harper and Amber Heath. In fact, the 1983 photograph does not depict Amber Heath but Nicole Slankard, whose mother, Gina Bradley, ran the YMCA Cheerleading Program. It is unfortunate that your magazine ran the picture without proper identification.
DALE JEFFERSON, attorney for Gina Bradley Houston
We regret the error.—ED.
DALE AND JACQUIE SCHNEPF
I became nauseated as I read “A Greyhound’s Best Friends.” Surely we can find more humane ways to spend our leisure time and money than in the promotion of a $3.4 billion industry that depends on the exploitation and mass destruction of trusting animals.
KRISTINE BAIRD, Little Rock, Ark.
I find it amazing that the American Greyhound Track Operators Association passes off the slaughter of beautiful creatures as “an economic thing.” If such business tactics were applied to the human race, there would be no need for hospitals, nursing-care centers or services for the disabled. We are all living things and deserve life whether we are old, sickly or unable to run fast.
KIMBERLANE M. ALESSANDRO, Providence
I was happy to see your article on greyhounds but disappointed that nothing was mentioned about what wonderful pets they make. My husband and I adopted a retired racing greyhound recently from the National Greyhound Adoption Program run by David Wolf of Philadelphia. Our Minnie is a sweet, affectionate pet that fit right in with our other two dogs and a cat. The program profiles each greyhound it receives and carefully matches the dogs to adoptive homes. David Wolf can be reached at 1-800-348-2517.
ARLENE KUTZ, New Paltz, N.Y.
Could you tell me how one might go about contacting the Schnepfs, regarding their adoption organization?
JOANNA E. SORBI, Raleigh
The Schnepfs may be reached at 3257 West 4th Street, Waterloo, Iowa, 50701.—ED.
PEOPLE ran a lovely story of my recent wedding to John Travolta. However, there were several inaccuracies: 1. That Charlie Sheen gave me a 25-carat ring. The ring was 2.5 carats. 2. That I kept the ring against Charlie’s wishes. In fact, Charlie and I sold the ring and split the money between us. 3. The story mentioned that my mother, Linda, and stepfather, Lee Carlson, were contacted. For the record, my mother and stepfather are proud of my marriage to John. Their decision not to comment stems from their experiences of the past six months, in which the press have called them at home and then distorted or made up inaccurate quotes. My mother and stepfather have since decided that “no comment” was a much better position to take rather than run the risk of being misquoted again. Thank you for helping to set the record straight.
KELLY PRESTON-TRAVOLTA, Beverly Hills