By People Staff
April 05, 1999 12:00 PM

Jennifer Aniston & Brad Pitt
Oh, please! Is it the media’s mission to derail every celebrity relationship when it seems to be on the right track? It is hard enough to make a go of it without having everyone else in your business. Leave them alone! C. Gates, Grants Pass, Ore.

Brad Pitt has great taste in women!

Patricia Rainier, Fort Lauderdale

Is it my imagination, or is your cover of Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt one of those “separated at birth” photos?

Sue Todd, Howell, N.J.

Is it just me, or do these two look like twins? They both share the exact same funky jawline, pointy chin, same smile and lines around the smile, same shape and color eyes, and so on. The only difference is Jennifer has a bigger nose and plucks her eyebrows. Don’t get me wrong. I like both of them and wish them all the happiness in the world.

Tracy Colligan, Minneapolis

How can we speculate about the private life of Brad and Jennifer, when most people don’t have a clue what is going on in their own family? Can’t we just let them have some peace?

M. Parypa, Portland, Ore.

It’s wonderful that two such deserving people who were unable to form any sort of lasting relationship have found each other. I’m sure they can both put their self-absorbed pasts behind them and forge a deep and lasting bond. Put me down in the pool for seven months, two weeks and four days.

Bruce Beattie, Portland, Ore.

I am glad Brad and Jennifer have moved on from such painful breakups to each other. I hope they are happy and can survive the publicity.

T. Atkinson, via e-mail

Gene Siskel
Thumbs up on your article on Gene Siskel. His passing marks the end of an era for film buffs everywhere. His cinematic commentary, enthusiasm and infectious grin will be sorely missed.

Shanda McGrew, Glencoe, Calif.

I have seen two movies since the death of Gene Siskel, and each time I could not help asking myself what he might have thought of them. I don’t think I will ever see a movie again without thinking of him and how many times we agreed in “our” reviews.

Diane S. DeRue, Wooster, Ohio

Two thumbs down! On this sad occasion, when a major TV personality and esteemed film critic has died, you decide to run a cover article about Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston‘s supposed love story? I am shocked that you failed to write a cover story about a man who changed the way people view movies. I guarantee you’ll be running Brad and Jennifer’s breakup article in the next couple of months.

Jillian Mead, Newport Beach, Calif.

Michele Chambers
Paying $1,600 for the equivalent of a $20 flea-market-quality velvet Elvis portrait? I’m glad Tom Shaw thinks he’s “smarter than a fox” for paying that much. I think he’s dumber than dirt. The tragedy of this story is not the sordid scenario of a bunch of petty lowlifes acting like a bunch of petty lowlifes; they don’t know any better. What is tragic is the auction you legitimized and people such as Shaw who bought trash’s trash, convinced that they and their middle-class materialism are somehow above both. You should all know better.

K. Burnette, via e-mail

Roberto Benigni
I wish we Americans had been introduced to Roberto Benigni’s talents long ago. After reading his touching success story, I would say he certainly deserves to say, “Life is beautiful!”

Cynthia Lubert, Huntingdon, Pa.

It’s about time America knew of this genius! I saw Roberto Benigni’s film Il Mostro (The Monster) a few years ago at the Cleveland International Film Festival and have never laughed so hard in my life. I was an instant fan. I wanted the film to be “Americanized” so that more people would be aware of him, but knew that would be a mistake because there is no one alive who can do what he does. I hope he receives everything he deserves, especially a couple of Oscars.

Lisa Davis, Cleveland

Natasha Richardson
What Natasha Richardson is doing is wonderful, and the stars who parted with these beautiful gowns deserve praise for giving up such cherished items. That the proceeds from the auction go to fight a horrible disease makes the world much more livable.

Michelle Bruce, Peoria, Ill.

Star Tracks
Why did you find it necessary to label Steven Tyler’s daughter Mia a “plus-size” model? You never refer to Liv Tyler as a “size 4” model, or Kate Moss as a “recovering alcoholic and anorexic” model. No matter what her size, a model is a model, and a distinction based on size serves no purpose.

Susan I. Simmonds, Kinston, Ont.

If Mia Tyler is “plus-size,” perhaps that means you should be referring to other so-called supermodels as “undernourished” or “far-too-thin”!

Shirley Barrett-Jones, Clive, Iowa

Joan Clark
Joan Clark is a true hero! She is trying to do what is best for those children at McCool Junction School instead of squabbling over money. These people who don’t want to pay property taxes should be thinking of the children and not so much of themselves. They say it takes a village to raise a child. They aren’t doing their part!

Fonda McFadden, Doddridge, Ark.

Dina Ruiz Eastwood
I want to say how much I respect Dina Ruiz Eastwood’s candid disclosure of her mixed ethnic background. Coming from a mixed background myself, I’ve always felt people should accept me as I am; however, I have many relatives who have chosen to ignore their black heritage. At one time this was a matter of survival; now I feel more openness can unify people and make them more tolerant of each other.

BOLD “Kim Milai”], San Francisco

Picks & Pans
I was sorry to find that the reviewer of The Testament missed the point of the book. This wasn’t a story about the law. This was a story of a lost soul who found himself when he found God. The whole book seemed to center on the subject of God’s grace. I am using the book as an example in an adult Bible study that I am giving. I think John Grisham has presented us with a really good example of how God can work in our lives if we let him.

Betsy Doepken, Carmel, Ind.

I am in disbelief at the criticism of your article on Chelsea Clinton. The only person responsible for publicly humiliating Chelsea is her father, certainly not your magazine. I came away from that article with a completely new view of Hillary and Chelsea, not to mention a great amount of respect for both of them.

T. Carey, Waymart, Pa.

For those people who feel that PEOPLE violated Chelsea Clinton’s privacy, I have just one thing to say: You read it, didn’t you? I guess that either makes you a hypocrite or just as “bad” as PEOPLE.

Alison Infield, Wayne, Pa.

Don’t blame PEOPLE—Chelsea should have raised better parents.

J. E. Allison, Salem, Ohio

I really, really hate it when you devote your Mailbag to a single story! “While I certainly did want to read all those Chelsea letters, I would also have liked to read something on the other articles in that issue. Giving short shrift to all your other letter writers isn’t very nice!

Michael Travis, Oklahoma City