Hillary Clinton’s and Tipper Gore’s husbands may have won the election, but obviously not the hearts of most of this week’s correspondents. The soon-to-be First and Second ladies (PEOPLE, Nov. 16) were enthusiastically ripped for their politics, their decorum, even their hairstyles.
HILLARY AND TIPPER
Smart? Savvy? Try ridiculous! You would have never seen Barbara, Marilyn or Margot [Mrs. Perot] making such displays of themselves as Hillary and Tipper did in the photo of them on the road with their husbands. Barbara, Marilyn and Margot have more maturity and class in their little pinkies than Hillary and Tipper have combined.
VANESSA PHIFER, Henry, Tenn.
Your cover of Hillary and Tipper reminds me of the Bobsey Twins—same color hair, eyes, lipstick and dress. I think I liked it better with Nancy and Barbara, who were so different they hardly spoke.
TAMARA HILLMAN, Camano Island, Wash.
Forget the pearls, Hillary. You are no Barbara Bush.
SYDNEY H. BUTCHER, Tulsa
I am appalled that these two bimbo, social-climbing, feministic liberals will be our nation’s role models. They don’t hold a candle to Barbara Bush.
LESLIE J. CALABRESE, Sparta, Mich.
At last! Instead of wasting your cover on your usual vapid, self-pitying, self-indulgent bimbos, you do the right thing and adorn the cover with women who are intelligent, as well as beautiful, strong and feminine.
NANCEE M. TRIPODI-SMITH, Warren, Ohio
With child abuse, gang wars, random shootings, drugs and AIDS, couldn’t Al Westcott find something better to devote his time to than a man who talks dirty on the radio?
SUE ELLEN KARP, Albany, N.Y.
As the mother of an impressionable 10-year-old, I feel deep gratitude for Al Westcott’s crusade against Howard Stern’s radio broadcasting of vulgar disrespect and indecency toward women and minorities.
ROLINE G. WOOD, Santa Clara, Calif.
I strongly resent Al Westcott telling me or my children what is offensive and what isn’t. It should be my right to decide that, not his and not the government’s. Fight ’em, Howard, your fans are behind you!
MARIA GUASTELLA, Brooklyn
There are also things I don’t like on the radio. I just change the station.
SUZI McCLOSKY, Albany, N.Y.
I totally support Al Westcott in his crusade against the reprehensible Howard Stern. Stern’s comment “The closest I came to making love to a black woman was masturbating to a picture of Aunt Jemima on a pancake box” pretty much illustrates the racist and misogynist views of this so-called entertainer. As an African-American woman, I am personally offended by his rhetoric.
LAURA D. BROWN, San Francisco
I read with sadness, but not much surprise, about the death of Yoshi Hattori. Having lived in Japan and experienced the thrill of walking down a Tokyo street at 3 A.M. without the slightest fear of being shot or stabbed, I fully related to Yoshi’s naïveté about danger.
DAVID CHESTER, Los Angeles
Roger Miller (PEOPLE, Nov. 9) was my father, and I knew him as a genius and a wordsmith, worthy of the highest respect and admiration. Your references to his music as “hard-corn honky-tonk” and “truckstop hits” I find demeaning. While the article is complimentary in places, it is also scattered with half-truths and judgmental commentaries. I would like the world to remember my father as the honorable, brilliant and hilariously gifted man I remember, not for the mistakes so glaringly overblown in your article.
DEAN MILLER, Nashville
No disrespect was intended toward Roger Miller or his accomplishments.—ED.
We are extremely pleased to see that melons are “in,” but we need to point out that Hope Ark., is not the Watermelon Capital of the World. Cordele, Ga., holds that title, won during a contest with Hope and Hempstead, Tex., on July 22, 1991, in Atlanta.
DEBBY C. LOBERG and KELLY E. BOCK. Cordele, Ga.