January 11, 1999 12:00 PM

JonBenét Ramsey

A few years back, after O.J.’s case broke, every magazine in the country rushed to piece together stories proclaiming O.J.’s foregone guilt. Now, two years after JonBenét Ramsey’s murder, in a case that appears to present similar implications of guilt upon her family, I’d like to know the answer to one question: Where are the mug shots and outraged pieces of journalism lambasting John and Patsy Ramsey?

Michael Davis, Madison, Wis.

I’d like to see how long it would take the authorities to arrest me if my child was found strangled in my basement. Of course, my husband’s and my annual salaries are in the five figures.

Linda Stouch, Reading, Pa.

In the wake of the Ramseys’ May 1997 appearance on national television, I was talking to a friend whose sister was killed in a car accident some time ago. Of John and Patsy’s extraordinary powers of resiliency, she commented, “Two years after my sister’s death, my mother was a mess.” The Ramseys’ almost buoyant readiness to move on and forgive is not normal by anyone’s standards.

Lisa A. Flowers, Albany, N.Y.

The matter of JonBenét Ramsey will not be solved because her parents have the funds to keep them from ever being indicted. Where-oh-where is Dominick Dunne or Mark Fuhrman? One of them could write a wonderful piece on this horrendous murder and perhaps bring justice to this precious child.

Riho Saffen-Caird, Incline Village, Nev.

I literally dropped this issue to the floor when I took it out of my mailbox. The last thing I expected to see was a practically life-size head shot of the deceased JonBenét. It is sad enough that her murder is still unsolved; I don’t think it was necessary to slap her innocent face on the cover. Have some respect!

Jennifer Kemps, Westfield, N.J.

The JonBenét Ramsey murder mystery is just another wicked illustration of money talking and the guilty walking!

Niles F. Bell, Minoa, N.Y.

Dick Van Dyke

Why do we still love him and watch him? There he is, a lovely single man, still in good shape, no bad habits anymore, great hair and no money problems. Does he require a bimbo woman young enough to be his granddaughter? No! He’s got a woman that looks like most of us: over 50, a little overweight and with what looks like her original face. What a guy!

Linda Rolle, Denton, Texas

Thank you for your wonderful article on Dick Van Dyke. He is a legend and deserves the nice story. As a member of the age group CBS is aiming for, I have to say Diagnosis Murder is one of the best shows in prime time. Dick is an inspiration to me and a lot of other people.

Katherine Odom, Chattanooga

Growing up in the ’60s, I always wanted Rob and Laura Petrie to be my parents. Now that my father is gone, could Mr. Van Dyke adopt me? I promise to keep my room clean.

Julie Farel, Englishtown, N.J.

Dave Hampton

I confess. I got up at 4 a.m. to be at my local Wal-Mart to secure a Furby for my niece for Christmas. I took my treasure home, popped batteries in him, and as soon as he said “Me cocoa,” I knew my poor niece had just lost her Christmas gift! He’s adorable and makes me laugh for hours on end. There’s nothing like him belching at me in the middle of the night!

Cathy Donaldson, Cincinnati


I have no problem getting past the fact that Ellen DeGeneres and Anne Heche are romantically involved. I do have a problem with their being in our faces for the past year and a half with every photo opportunity possible and then complaining about the exposure that they are getting! If you can’t stand the heat, stay away from the cameras!

Michael Roseman, Toronto

In response to Ellen DeGeneres’s comments that she didn’t feel she or her show were appreciated, when I have a hard day at work, school or with life’s ups and downs, I watch Ellen in syndication. I am so grateful to her. Not because she’s gay or straight, but because of one thing—she makes me laugh. And that is most appreciated!

Amy J. Hochman, Hollywood, Fla.

Flip Wilson

I was very sad to hear about the passing of Flip Wilson. As a child I remember my grandmother and me watching him on TV at night and laughing our heads off. He will be sorely missed.

Charlene DeRoche, Foxboro, Mass.

You left out the best part of Flip’s Geraldine dialogue. Every now and then, even after many years, when there is some intriguing circumstance, I will say to my grown-up family, “Honey, ah’ll meet you in da bar, in da corner, in da dark,” and everyone flips out remembering what fun we all’ had watching Flip’s show.

Susan Hahn, Erie, Pa.

Jeff Meyer

My father is dying of bone cancer, and this will be our last Christmas together. I have been trying to find a present that would have some meaning—something that would live on. My father is a World War II, Korea and Vietnam veteran and a huge history buff. He would love a tree with a historical link. Could you please send me the address of Mr. Meyer’s company?

Cecilia Jones, Piano, Texas

It is American Forest, 8701 Old King’s Road, Jacksonville, Fla. 32219, telephone 1-800-320-8733. The company’s e-mail address is Famoustrees-@msn.com—ED.

Animal ER

Kudos to Dr. Fitzgerald and his associates at the Cobb Vet Emergency Clinic in Marietta, Ga. Without the compassionate care of his staff, I would not have adopted my dog Samantha, who was found wandering in their parking lot last Christmas, pregnant and beaten. I am delighted you spotlighted their efforts.

Carol Kania, Marietta, Ga.


I am writing in response to Dustin McLean’s letter, in which he referred to a quote from the Bible stating that all homosexuals should be punished with death. Mr. McLean is sorely missing the point of Christianity and just about any other established religion, which is one of love and tolerance. Shakespeare once wrote that even the devil has used the words of the Bible to his benefit. That’s a comment to ponder for Mr. McLean and others who share his thoughts.

Jake Urie, Simi Valley, Calif.

Mr. McLean wrote that it was God’s law that all homosexuals should be punished by death. I seem to recall another of God’s laws: Thou shalt not kill. Remember that one?

Anna Maragos, Lafayette, La.

In all fairness, one shouldn’t pick one obscure Bible verse to live by and ignore all the other obscure verses. For instance, also in Leviticus is this: “A person who curses his father or mother shall be put to death.” Well, amen to that! That’ll rid us of smart-mouthed teenagers! I’m also a little worried about another verse in Leviticus; it says we are not to touch a swine carcass. No pigskin? It’s against God’s law to grab that pigskin and run with it? Oh, no! It’s a sin to play football!

Elsin Ann Perry, Knoxviile, Tenn.

Why do so many people only quote the Bible when it fits their own prejudices? Where are the quotes “Love one another,” “Judge not lest ye be judged” and “Let him among you without sin cast the first stone”?

Claudia Baker, Park Falls, Wis,

Recent letters to Mailbag make me wonder—are some American women becoming shrews and martyrs? The women in question noted that Kate Moss‘s problems were nil compared to their own 60-hour workweeks, child-care woes and student stress. Lighten up! Work is work, and hurt is hurt, be it a supermodel’s, a mother’s or a student’s. Carrying one’s burdens with grace and having empathy for another’s are much nicer and more rewarding traits than envious belittling and complaining.

Alice Wilson, Maxwell, Texas

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