With few exceptions, correspondents enthusiastically endorsed Marilyn Kane’s six-year pursuit of the wealthy ex-husband who failed to pay court-ordered child support (PEOPLE, Sept. 4). Many women who wrote indicated that much of the satisfaction they take from her story is vicarious, and that they have been less successful in dealing with their own deadbeat exes.
Marilyn Kane’s commitment to her family is overwhelming. She never gave up on her children’s rights. For this, her children have learned a value in life that is sometimes hard to come by—determination!
CATHY GIBSON, Atlanta
I hope Marilyn Kane heard me shout “Hallelujah!” in Albuquerque!
DIANE SAWYER, Albuquerque
I am a firm believer in men’s (and women’s) supporting their children. However, Marilyn Kane needs to get in the real world. Maybe she should realize that when she was getting $9,000 per month, plus $375 a week for “petty cash,” most other mothers were living on $9,000 a year, or less.
MICHELE WILLIAMS, Clyo, Ga.
Marilyn Kane spoke the truth when she stated that if you don’t have the financial resources to fight, you don’t have a chance. It was wonderful to read that there is at least one judge in this country who can do the job that fits the title instead of giving deadbeat fathers one continuance after another.
MARGARET DADE, Alamo, Calif.
It is reassuring to know that ultimately the legal system does work and justice can prevail. But until parents such as Jeffrey Nichols see the irreparable damage they are doing to their children, no amount of money will heal the wounds or stop the pain.
MADELEINE BERGQUIST, Mesa, Ariz.
This article is one of the most one-sided pieces of trash I ever read. It is a story of ridiculous government regulation enabling a greedy and lazy woman to take what is definitely not her due. $9,362 a month? I don’t think so!
BOB SWAN, Portland, Ore.
The absolute glee the Citadel cadets feel at Shannon Faulkner’s misery makes me sympathize with any woman who will serve with them in the future. These insensitive clods may become officers, but they will never be gentlemen.
MARJORIE RICE, Houston
I commend Shannon Faulkner for her courage and determination over the last 2½ years, although I sometimes wonder why she ever wanted to attend this institution of toy soldiers in the first place. As for the cadet who is happy that he could revert to “butt-scratchin’ ” now that Faulkner’s gone, I would warn him that too much of this activity could muss his hair.
RONALD MEDVIN, Lantana, Fla.
I am appalled at the amount of hatred and anger generated by one woman’s desire to attend the college of her
PATTI EYRE, Ypsilanti, Mich.
Hooray! After almost three years the Citadel has finally managed to rid itself of Shannon Faulkner. I totally support the school and its efforts to keep her out.
CYNTHIA A. CASSADAY, Edmonton, Ky.
Jim Ballard appeared well-prepared for the seemingly inevitable death of his wife. My response to his question, “Why should I be sad? Alison’s spirit is free to roam in the mountains now,” is that he should be sad for the immeasurable loss to his two young children. Mountain climbing was a very unfortunate choice of priorities for a couple who chose to have children.
REBECCA ROBERSON, Pasadena, Calif.
As your article pointed out, one reason for my success with “unteachable” teenagers is that I treat them with dignity. I have never referred to any students as “rejects from hell.” That remark was made by the character in the Hollywood version of my story Dangerous Minds. It would break my heart to think my former students might believe I ever considered them anything but valuable people who deserve my love and respect. You also state I was the only woman assigned to Clark Air Base. I was the only Navy woman assigned to that base in the mid-’70s. Otherwise the article is on the mark. Thanks for publicizing my story. There are thousands of caring, successful teachers in the public schools who never receive recognition. I’d like to share this with them.
LOUANNE JOHNSON, Las Cruces, N. Mex.