January 15, 1996 12:00 PM

Though many correspondents were critical of Whitney Houston (PEOPLE, Dec. 18) and what they regard as her excessive tolerance for the foibles of husband Bobby Brown, most of this week’s reader outrage was reserved for Ken and Diane Weber, who placed their 17-year-old son, Dan, in foster care three years ago and now refuse to allow him to see his sisters.


All I can say is, “Wake up, sister!” Bobby Brown should not be anybody’s sexy baby. He is a man who has never taken responsibility for any of the wrongdoings, scandals or bad trips in his life. Nor has he learned from them. Whitney is a beautiful and talented woman who should use her life’s work as a source of inspiration rather than just being another sister dealing with a no-good man.

D. THOMPSON, Seattle

Whitney Houston conducts herself like a lady? I don’t call wrapping yourself around a man in front of thousands of people or being rude to fans ladylike behavior. If poor Whitney needs a tougher attitude to survive her marriage and pressure-packed career, she should apply that attitude to her husband and give her fans a break. Otherwise, I’m sure some of them would be more than happy to pay for a ticket to see Patti La-Belle. That’s my definition of an entertainer and a lady!


Ms. Houston does have an existence aside from her troubled husband. Can we see it next time you do a Whitney Houston article?



I am a mother of three teenagers, and after reading your article about Dan Weber I am livid! He steals a pack of gum at age 13, and his parents send him to foster care, refuse parenting classes and counseling and then disown him. Who’s showing “no remorse, no conscience”? Kids are not toys you can tire of and then throw out on the trash pile. Diane and Ken Weber are heartless, abusive people who do not deserve to have children.

N. TRENT, Towanda, Pa.

If Diane Weber calls this “tough love,” she clearly has no understanding of the concept—there is no love involved here. Ken Weber says he is “afraid” of his son and “fears for his daughters.” The only people Megan and Brianna should probably fear are Ken and Diane. They are the people I found scary in this story.

L. BENNIE, Toronto

What a relief! I wasn’t aware we could give away our children if they did something to disappoint us.


We have a “tough love” suggestion to try on Diane and Ken Weber: How about taking their daughters away from them so they can experience firsthand what it feels like to lose a family? Ironically, Dan will be better off in the long run (if he gets the kind of help he needs) without these monsters masquerading as parents.


My wife and I are the parents of a 17-year-old son. At Dan Weber’s age he was doing the same sorts of things Dan has done, and now he’s even worse. True love is doing exactly what Ken and Diane did by showing Dan the consequences of his actions at an early age.

DEREK S. CARTER, Andover, Minn.


Your article should send a clear message to all regarding the medical system in the U.S. Lawsuits and million-dollar settlements will never replace the loved ones these doctors neglected and killed. Yet medical people are either totally exempt from punishment or merely slapped on the wrist and allowed to go on practicing. What happened to the care part of caregiving?

CANDY SWEET, Naples, Fla.


In your article in the Dec. 4 issue about Chris and Courtney Salthouse, you said that they were the first known twins to get perfect scores on their SAT exams. Last spring, according to the Des Moines Register, Noah and Aaron Monick of Iowa City (twins I went to elementary school with) scored perfect 1600s on their SATs and PSATs.

PAUL MAYES, Bozeman, Mont.

The Register is correct. We apologize for the error.—ED.

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