Whenever Matthew Perry (PEOPLE, Sept. 25) gets serious about looking for Ms. Right, he isn’t likely to find a shortage of applicants—or so one would conclude from the heavy breathing accompanying many of our letters this week. With regard to our eight-page discussion with six U.S. teenagers, some readers praised the teens for their frankness and independence; others were dismayed by their apparent indifference to politics and current affairs.
What a treat to come home from an exhausting day of work, open my mailbox and find Matthew Perry smiling up at me from the cover of your magazine. This man is everything a girl could ask for: he’s cute, funny, sensitive and has a great pair of legs. My only problem now is figuring out how to get Matthew the man, versus Matthew the picture, into my mailbox.
LEAH A. EGGLESTON, Los Angeles
When people ask me what I’m looking for in a guy, I usually list a lot of different qualities—looks, brains, charisma, charm, a sense of humor. Now I’ll just tell them I want someone exactly like Matthew Perry.
DARCY GARDINER, Pella, Iowa
To advertise that Matthew Perry is single and looking is like sending a person with hamburgers strapped to him through a famine-infested country.
DINA MARIE GABRIEL, San Antonio
Thank you for showing us that popular culture is not creating a society of debased, demoralized youth. I am a high school teacher and was pleased that you chose to interview six teenagers who represent 95 percent of the teenage population instead of the 5 percent we usually hear about who give teens a bad name.
ILYSE WAGNER, Bellevue, Wash.
I didn’t realize how many teens were just like me. Thanks for showing that we do know right from wrong, and that we know there’s more to life than sex, drugs and television.
SHANNA NEELY, Stafford, Va.
As a teenager, I am appalled. Your article not only did not give normal teenagers a say but actually worsened our reputation. Most 15-year-olds know who Al Gore is, and that Bob Dole is more than “like, some big person in Congress.” The teens in your story don’t even have any real problems except their own ignorance.
ANNE ROBINSON, Atherton, Calif.
Thank you for confirming my decision not to have children.
JOAN BAUMAN, West Chester, Ohio
Having recently interacted with over 14,000 high school sophomores at leadership seminars across the country, I can tell you that your “typical” teens are not typical. The great majority have more to say about issues facing our country than most of the press wish to realize. What a shame PEOPLE couldn’t profile teens whom many of us see as the norm—informed, articulate young adults.
HUGH O’BRIEN, Los Angeles
JUDGE SAMUEL KISER
I completely agree with Judge Kiser that “not teaching an American child English is a form of abuse” that will severely cramp her future. As an immigrant who came here at age 6, I strongly feel other languages are good to learn, but it should be English first.
ILSE W. KOWAL, Seaford, Del.
Doesn’t the judge realize that children are blessed with the natural ability to learn not only one but several languages? As a bilingual person, knowing two languages has always been an advantage for me, not a limitation.
ROSALINDA GARCIA, Houston
Judge Kiser is right. Our Hispanic friends need to understand the difference between racism and good advice.
JOHN L. COOK, Cambria, Calif.
You quote Judge Kiser as saying, “You start speaking English to that child, because if she doesn’t do good in school, then I can remove her [from your custody].” If Judge Kiser can remove Ms. Laureano’s child from her home for not doing well in school, does it follow that we can remove him from the bench for poor grammar?
Executive Director Literacy Volunteers of America
I’d rather be a maid than sit on the bench, call myself a judge and behave like a fool.
SARA J. GONZALEZ, Atlanta