June 08, 1992 12:00 PM

Although the riots are still a painful memory, correspondents congratulated the heroes who emerged from the flames—whether by rescuing victims of mob violence or helping to restore a semblance of normalcy in the aftermath (PEOPLE, May 18).


OK, you get off easy this time. After leaving Jennie Garth out of your 50 Most Beautiful People, you redeemed yourselves by putting her on the cover of your Summer Preview issue, for which I, and probably all the other guys who like her (I’m not alone, right?) thank you. Maybe next year, huh?


Unbelievable! America is going up in flames due to racism and injustice. TIME and Newsweek devote a cover to the Rodney King/L.A. crisis, and whom do you place on your cover? A group of spoiled, silly TV idiots. Wow!



When people like Rodney King and Takao Hirata can emerge from their horrifying experiences with grace, and people like Titus Murphy, Lei Yuille, Terri Barnett, Bobby Green and Greg Alan-Williams transcend racial differences and risk their lives to help where it was desperately needed, they become the highest sort of credit to their race—the human race. As for the police, be it to their everlasting shame that they saw where help was needed and drove by.

ARDENE HALL, Arcata, Calif.

The videotape of those thugs beating truck driver Reggie Denny bore a frightening similarity to the videotape of those thugs beating Rodney King. I don’t condone violence in any way, but I’m willing to bet the black thugs won’t get off so easily. What a pathetic world we live in.

LINDA W. MACK, Powder Springs, Ga.

I was appalled at the comments made by N.W.A’s Eazy-E in your article on the L.A. riots. He got out of his Mercedes only long enough to examine the rubble and then got back to his armed bodyguards waiting in the car. He said he’d rather wait until everything calmed down and then he’d “…see what’s next.” Why wasn’t he out there helping to mend the problem instead of taking a protected backseat? His lippy observances should really agitate those who actually helped to douse the flames and looked beyond their own skin pigment and fear to make a difference. It’s just a shame that the truck driver didn’t have the luxury of armed men to fight for him.

MARSHA JO PAXSON, Colorado Springs

How on earth could you overlook the work that Edward James Olmos did for the city? On the first night that trouble broke out, in the midst of full-scale rioting, Mr. Olmos was in his car, traveling from television station to television station, not for publicity but to urge families to “pull their children, husbands, wives in off the streets” in the hope that lives could be saved. It was he who took the microphone on the Arsenio Hall Show, looked into the camera and begged the citizens for peace and sanity. Mr. Olmos was the first to pick up a broom the following day, and with the help of Community Youth Gang Services Project he organized a massive cleanup. He was, and still is, committed to making Los Angeles whole again. If you listen to the message he is trying to deliver through his films and his work in the community, you will realize Mr. Olmos deserves quite a bit more than a small photo and caption in the article on the L.A. riots.

PEGGY MEZA, Bellflower, Calif.

I was most impressed by Congress-woman Maxine Waters. I had never seen nor heard of her until the riots in Los Angeles. She is a compassionate, truly caring woman. She’d have my vote should she run to be President of the United States. She is the only one who makes sense. All the others in Congress can take a backseat.

SHIRLEY TAUB, Pembroke Pines, Fla.


Thank you, Patti Davis, for your third attempt at disparaging your parents and earning $500,000 in the process. So you got slapped a few times growing up, your mom took some diet pills, your dad said you were crazy for always complaining and backed your mom in many cases. You, in turn, hung around low-life rock stars, stole your mom’s pills, thought about slashing your wrists, took LSD and Quaaludes and had yourself sterilized for fear of treating your future kids the way you had been treated. Get a life! It looks to me like they did what was required as parents to tame a future loser. I wish your folks would write a “fictional” story about a daughter who continues to exploit her legacy through pandering and complaining. I would stand in line for the first edition.

HENRY STEIN, Plymouth, Minn.

Wouldn’t it be great if Patti Davis got another string for her violin?

G.B. FLYNN, Naples, Fla.

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