Should Princess Diana ever decide to move to America—decidedly a long shot, in the view of our London bureau—she may find dwindling public support on this side of the Atlantic as well as on her own side. Or so it would seem, based on reader reaction to the lady’s 40th appearance as PEOPLE’S primary cover subject (March 11).
Not at all to my surprise, we once again have “Lady Di” on the cover of yet another issue of PEOPLE. What I am hoping is that the long-awaited end of her overpublicized marriage will also end the excessive amount of cover space that this not-so-fair lady has received in the past.
CYNTHIA GREENE, Grand Island, Neb.
I have great respect for Queen Elizabeth. It’s unfortunate that the new generation of royals seems to be so devoid of brains and class. I suggest that Diana will go down as the person responsible for the dissolution of the British monarchy, but that seems to give her more clout than should be possible for such a mindless twit.
KAREN MCCONNELL, firstname.lastname@example.org
This woman deserves a medal of honor. The way she has devoted her whole life to rescuing baby elephants is amazing and wonderful. Is there an address where I can write to help?
DANIELLE BASTYR, Plymouth, Minn.
Contributions may be sent to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, P.O. Box 15555, Nairobi, Kenya.—ED.
If Jackie Chan wants the American public to love him, he should reevaluate his priorities. To put his career above his child is not the way to win the hearts of Americans. If he was angry and upset about being left behind by his parents, how does he think his son feels, seeing his father “only three or four times a year” and reading, “I do everything for my public first. Then I think about my family”?
NICOLE FERGUSON, Grants Pass, Ore.
HALLE BERRY & DAVID JUSTICE
I’ll bet Ms. Berry thought she had left all the prehistoric characters on the Flintstones set. Statements such as “David wanted a wife, and she was always off making movies” and “Her career got in the way” serve as proof of the absurdity that she and other women have to deal with. Excuse me, where was Mr. Justice when she was working? Was he willing to give up work to be with his wife? Sounds like she did the right thing—sent him back to Bedrock where he belongs.
STEPHANIE NEWSOM, Glendale, Calif.
If Halle really wanted to succeed with David, then, yeah, she could have said, “By the way, can I have this week off? My husband is in the World Series.” I know plenty of women who would have in a heartbeat, girlfriend, so what’s the problem?
DIANNE JOSEPH, Fife, Wash.
While I find Ms. Brzonkala’s tale of rape disconcerting, the lack of a medical examination after the “attack” and a six-month lapse in reporting it does not lend credence to her story. After claiming to have had only three to five beers, she was not “aware” enough to scream for help in a dormitory full of people? A multitude of women suffer the violence and degradation of rape every day, and stories such as this only serve to make things more difficult for them.
K. COLEMAN, Raleigh, N.C.
In 1992, my 18-year-old daughter and her girlfriend were attacked at 2:30 a.m. by a football player in their dormitory at a southern university. The girls reported the incident, and the case was brought before the student judicial board. The player was found guilty of consumption of alcohol, verbal abuse and physical assault, and fined $40. We felt the university should have reported this crime to the local authorities rather than handle it internally. Crimes of this nature should be tried in the courts, not by college students.
DR. NANCY SNYDERMAN
I enjoyed your piece on women’s health, which addressed heart disease in women. One in five women has some form of heart disease, and almost twice as many females die from cardiovascular disease as from all forms of cancer combined. Yet women and minorities have been underrepresented in heart and stroke research for years. In order to begin to correct this imbalance, I have introduced the Women’s Cardiovascular Diseases Research and Prevention Act, which would help educate both doctors and the public about this largely unrecognized killer.
REP. MAXINE WATERS, Washington
It is my opinion that the fans of the Ultimate Fighting Championship are sadistic sociopaths, that the fighters belong in jail and that Bob Meyrowitz and the Semaphore Entertainment Group are moral slugs. I applaud Senator McCain, and I hope every state government makes this contemptible event as illegal as dogfights, assault and battery and sexual abuse. All involved should be ashamed.
G.D. ROBERTS, Nashville