February 15, 1993 12:00 PM

Not everyone celebrated either the Inauguration or the presence of new First Lady Hillary Clinton (PEOPLE, Jan. 25) on our cover. Correspondents who support Mrs. Clinton admire her for her intelligence and independence; those who do not suspect her of ruthlessness, ambition and bad taste in hats.

HILLARY CLINTON

Bravo to Hilary Clinton! At last this country finally has a First Lady who is a true role model for her generation of baby boomers as well as my generation of twentysomethings. Here is a lady who proves to young women everywhere that you can be intelligent, independent and career-minded without sacrificing integrity, femininity, social consciousness and dedication to family. I wish her the very best of luck, as her future will undoubtedly be marred by sharp criticism from those who still believe the First Lady belongs somewhere behind her husband, rather than beside him.

KATIE LEO, Indianapolis

If your aim was to instill confidence and trust in Hillary Clinton, you failed miserably. Most of us see through the whitewash and continue to regard her as a ruthless, ambitious and dangerous egocentric woman who will stop at nothing in attaining her goal of complete socialization of the United States.

IRENE E. FENCIL, Monroe, Wis.

Your article left no doubt in my mind that Hillary Clinton casts a big shadow. Could that shadow be Bill Clinton? Also, no doubt was left that she has a big desire to control. How big? The Shadow knows. Or does he?

DAN MOORE SR., Rome, Ga.

I found little solace in your revelation that Hillary Clinton immerses herself in the reading of Christian ethics and theology. Somewhere along the line, Mrs. Clinton has become confused, because one cannot possibly rationalize a prochoice stance with a Christian belief system.

DEBBIE TAYLOR, Mansfield, Ohio

While watching the Inauguration, I was reading your piece on Hillary Clinton’s “Practical Chic.” Barbara Baber is quoted as saying about Hillary, “Fashion victim she’s not.” How would she explain that hat?

MARY CICCONE, Port Chester, N.Y.

I’m approaching 60, and it’s nice to finally see a young First Lady who is not only pretty and brainy, but who also does not think that her whole being depends on what she wears. Go, Hillary!

DELORES SICHAK, Lyndora, Pa.

UP FRONT

The destructive impact AIDS has had on the figure-skating world is only a drop in the bucket compared to what our military will be like if—and when—President Clinton lifts the ban on homosexuals in the military. Cuts, wounds, spilled blood are common occurrences in times of war. Imagine the potential spread of this killer disease. I can only pray that Clinton weighs the consequences of knowingly allowing homosexual men into our military ranks.

DAYLE SHOCKLEY, Spring, Tex.

The picture of AIDS-stricken John Curry was a shock. Even more so were the comments made by Brian Boitano and Scott Hamilton. Boitano lashes out at the Calgary Herald investigation, calling it a “witch-hunt.” Sounds like he is more concerned with his own image and career than raising AIDS awareness. Scott Hamilton cautions, “If AIDS is attached to skating, parents might not want to allow their kids to get involved in the sport.” If parents are that uninformed, help educate them, don’t rationalize their ignorance. All the money and gold medals in the world can’t bring back the lives and undo the suffering this disease has caused.

MARK MALCOLM, Boston

THE INSIDER

Regarding the item in the Jan. 18 issue [which stated that Marlo Thomas refused to appear onstage at our recent benefit], no actor has done as much to make an Actors’ Fund Special Performance succeed as Marlo Thomas. She personally bought 100 tickets for theater students from her alma mater, the University of Southern California. Marlo’s brother, Tony Thomas, bought 150 tickets. Marlo also encouraged three of her friends to underwrite an additional 300 seats. As to the issue of the curtain speech, Marlo was totally prepared to make one, but it was decided that it was not necessary. As far as the Actors’ Fund is concerned, Marlo Thomas is a saint!

JOSEPH P. BENINCASA, General Manager, The Actors’ Fund of America, New York City

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