Correspondents were united in their sadness at the passing of Elizabeth Glaser (PEOPLE, Dec. 19) and praised her courage in the face of mortal illness. Several expressed their surprise and gratification that we chose to put her on our cover.
As a longtime subscriber of your magazine, I sometimes disagree with your choice of covers. However, this week you have restored my faith. Elizabeth Glaser was certainly a woman whose life exemplified courage and dedication. Her story deserved to be told.
PAM GRAVES, Nashville
Thank you for the touching and inspiring story on Elizabeth Glaser. What a blessing to have this angel among us, even for such a short time. My heart goes out to her family and friends and especially to her husband, who has lost his daughter and wife and may, in time, lose his son. We can only hope that her work was not in vain and that a cure will be found soon. Celebrities will come and go, and be long forgotten, but this woman will remain in our hearts forever.
Wilmington, N. C.
When I was a child, my idol was Paul Michael Glaser. I proposed to him many times via fan letters. To my dismay he chose a teacher named Elizabeth to marry. What an excellent choice he made! There are few people in this world as courageous, beautiful and spirited as she was. As an adult, I chose her as my idol.
ALISON DEANGELO, Westwood, NJ.
Your article on Elizabeth Glaser was a great tribute to her courage and her conviction that the pediatric AIDS research agenda must not be forgotten. The Pediatric AIDS Foundation did not directly fund the AZT study in pregnant women, however. Rather, it was the foundation’s direct influence on legislation that resulted in sufficient government funding for the very large and expensive clinical trial that demonstrated that AZT in pregnant women could reduce HIV transmission to infants. With the foundation’s legislative influence and the work of many dedicated NIH-funded clinicians and scientists, success was achieved in reducing the number of HIV-infected infants.
ARTHUR J. AMMANN, M.D.
Director of Research, Pediatric AIDS
Foundation, Novato, Calif.
Let’s see if I have this right: Ruben Perez had planned on suspending 100 students for chronic disciplinary problems, and instead of getting support only managed to stir up controversy. “No matter what, students do have rights,” said one critic. Rights? Or license to behave in an irresponsible and inappropriate manner?
SANDRA ROBERTS, Vancouver, Wash.
It’s about time! The kids in this country need more discipline, not only in our schools, but at home as well. Wake up, parents, and start supporting those people who care enough about future generations to teach them a little respect.
COLLEEN SMITH, Greenland, N.H.
As a parent of two high school age daughters who maintain a 4.0 GPA, I found myself applauding assistant principal Ruben Perez. People should be held accountable for their choices and actions. Too much time and effort is being spent on “problem kids,” and the students who really are our future take a back seat. Bravo, Mr. Perez—there should be more administrators like you.
DEBRA A. FAZENBAKER, Beaumont, Calif.
CHESTER AND PATTI SZUBER
I was extremely touched by the story of Patti Szuber, who was able to give her father the ultimate gift of life—her heart. I have also signed an organ-donor form, and I have received some criticism for doing so. Some people believe that paramedics or doctors will allow organ donors to die while there is still a chance to save them. I do not believe this, and I would want my organs to go to someone who needed them.
DARLENE J. DRAPER, Birmingham, Ala.
Jennings and Mitzi Osborne are considerate, caring and generous folks who not only contribute enormously to our community throughout the year but assemble a Christmas light display that has delighted adults and children from all over our state. It was sad to drive by the Osborne home and see it darkened by the interference of some neighbors who have made such a production of restricting the Osbornes’ sharing of the holiday spirit. I am a neighbor of the Osbornes’, and I assure you they go to great lengths to protect our property by furnishing security and professional help to direct traffic and clean up trash.
PHYLLIS MILNE, Little Rock
RICHARD AND CINDY
Oh yeah, right. Like anyone was supposed to believe that Richard Gere and Cindy Crawford sincerely loved each other and got married for all the right reasons. Divorce—which everyone knows is how it will end—could not happen to two more lame and insincere people.
REBECCA OLSEN, Houston