Whatever America as a whole thought of the verdict in the O.J. Simpson trial, the overwhelming majority of our correspondents considered it a miscarriage of justice. Many expressed concern not only for Simpson and Nicole’s two children (PEOPLE, Oct. 16) but for the verdict’s implications concerning public attitudes toward spousal abuse.
AFTER THE VERDICT
O.J. beat the hell out of Nicole, and no one did anything to him. Then he slits her throat, and no one does anything to him. They should have taken the victory party over to the cemetery and danced on her grave. Every woman in America should be scared to death.
LIZ DAHLBORG, Kill Devil Hills, N.C.
I was as repulsed by your cover as I was at the outcome of the Simpson trial. Showing Justin and Sydney, seemingly nude, in a kind of incestuous mood, was in extremely poor taste. “What About the Children?” you ask. Yes, what about the children, who have suffered enough and may never recover, only to be subjected to continued media exploitation?
CHARLOTTE ORREN Danville, Calif.
Apparently the Simpson trial taught Robert Shapiro an invaluable lesson: “When you lie down with dogs, you get up with fleas.”
MARILYN BURKETT, Redding, Calif.
More troublesome to me than the verdict was the sight afterward of so many women cheering, clapping and dancing with joy. There may not have been enough evidence to prove O.J. was guilty of murder, but it was proved that he physically and emotionally abused his wife. Any woman who cheered him that day is pathetically ignorant.
BARBARA JINKS, Roseland, N.J.
It would be nice if any further media coverage of the charmed life of O.J. Simpson could be limited to the progress of the civil suits pending against him and regular updates on what progress he’s taken in his determination to track down the “real” murderer.
JOANNA DOWNING, Mason, Mich.
I did not realize that our country was abounding with so many self-appointed judges. Wasn’t O.J. Simpson acquitted in a court of law, or was I dreaming it?
D. MARIE, Fort Lauderdale
I am outraged and saddened to read the story of Sandra Jensen. We give transplants to those with “normal” intelligence who are “smart” enough to abuse their bodies with drugs and alcohol. But someone born without normal intelligence, who has been smart enough to make a difference in this world, is denied. I don’t feel hospitals or doctors have the right to play God in deciding whether Sandra’s life is “important” enough for a transplant.
ROBYN BEATO, Massapequa, N.Y.
My niece Chloe has Down syndrome. In the 7½ years of her life, she has taught me more about challenges and determination than I have learned in 35 years. It seems to me that the real handicapped people in our society are those who set limits and do not explore opportunities. I wish Sandra the best. She deserves to live as long as everyone else.
LYNN TIMMS, Barrie, Ont.
I emotionally fell apart as I was reading “Losing Skylar.” I cannot begin to imagine the pain that Vince Neil and his ex-wife are dealing with. I pray for them and hope that someday soon Vince will realize that the Lord would never punish his beautiful and precious daughter for any of his mistakes.
KERRI J. CLACKUM, Gadsden, Ala.
DIET & FITNESS
Someone on your staff dropped the ball. There is no way you can have a “Great Bodies” article and not mention Dean Cain.
C. FINDLAY, Dayton
Tina Turner looks just as great as Raquel Welch at 55. Imagine my shock, dismay, disappointment, bewilderment and horror when I didn’t see her picture anywhere in your “Sexy Forever” article.
MITZIE CHARLES, Brooklyn
This issue does a tremendous disservice to women. It isn’t enough that we have Kate Moss lookalikes staring at us from every magazine. Now we have menopausal and postmenopausal women tell us that we could look like Goldie Hawn or Raquel Welch if we tried hard enough. Clearly, most of us will never have the kind of money that would afford us the luxury of diet gurus, exercise authorities who come to our homes or the finest in cosmetic surgery.
CAROL MCMILLEN, Modesto, Calif.