July 16, 2001 12:00 PM

Princess Diana

It amazes me that after four years I still cry whenever I read an article about Diana. I didn’t know her, nor had I met her, but somehow she touched my life.

Tammy L. Hicks, Maple Ridge, B.C.

For cryin’ out loud, the woman’s been dead for almost four years and you’re still using her death to sell magazines. Give it a rest already.

Catherine Noggle, Chicago

I remember how the media treated Diana while she was alive. They savaged her in the British press, criticizing her weight, her hairstyles, her clothes, her marriage and her affairs. After she died, all that changed. Suddenly Diana was a saint who could do no wrong. As much as I enjoy reading about Di, I think it’s about time for the media to finally leave this poor woman alone and give her the peace and privacy she sorely lacked while she was still with us.

Shirley D. Jackson, Portland, Ore.

I find it interesting that the person who four years ago condemned the media for their “relentless pursuit” of his sister now uses the media to get said sister back on the cover of a magazine. I guess ticket sales for Althorp tours must be down this summer!

Corinne Davey, Calgary, Alta.

Diana’s brother couldn’t be more right when he said that the world is a much grayer place without her.

Debra K. Gallagher, Plantation, Fla.

Timothy McVeigh

Reading the quote “I can’t show any remorse or sadness. It went off very well” chilled me to the bone. Those weren’t the words of Timothy McVeigh describing his horrifying mission, although they so easily could have been. They were the words of survivors’ family members, touched by his hate and now carrying that hate in their hearts, describing his execution. It is the capacity to love and forgive that sets us apart and identifies us as truly made in the image of God. It is my sincere hope that we will let Timothy McVeigh’s hate die with him.

Patricia Robinson, San Luis Obispo, Calif.

Seth Dowell

I felt so bad for the young man who has had hiccups for nine months. I can’t even stand it when I have them for nine seconds. I know the article says he has tried everything, but I thought I’d send one idea that always works for me. Fill a cup with water, light a match and throw it in the water. Then drink the water. It sounds really weird, but it works every time. It must be something with the sulfur.

Kim Lopez, Midlothian, Ill.

Seth, have someone hold your ears tightly closed (by pushing up your earlobes). While they are doing this, slowly drink a glass of water until you burp. Good luck!

Toby Sheryl Brugnoli, Pittsburgh

Take a lemon wedge and put Tabasco on it. Suck on it, and the hiccups will go away.

Samantha Lagocki, San Francisco

The solution is pickles. It’s true. When I was in high school, a coworker at my summer job told me about this cure. I get hiccups frequently and it works every time.

Jodi Nichols, Boston

Here is a cure I learned 35 years ago. Close your eyes and concentrate on counting your pulse. I use my wrist. This has always worked for me and others who have tried it.

Howard Moldan, Bradenton, Fla.

A glass of unsweetened pineapple juice works for me every time.

Richard K. Claycomb, Miami Beach

Pour four to six ounces of water in a glass and cover with a paper napkin, hold the napkin tight around the glass and drink the water through the napkin without breathing. I’ve used this many times and it always worked.

Brenda Miller, Milwaukie, Ore.


I must respond to Julie Daniel’s and Paul H. Brown’s letters about Leah Rozen’s review of Pearl Harbor. I too think Leah’s reviews are often unfairly negative, but she was on the mark with this one. Against her advice, my husband and I went to see Pearl Harbor. After the Japanese attack scene was over, my husband fell asleep. At first I was embarrassed. After a while, I thought I might join him. Ms. Rozen’s assessment that the movie was “bloated and boring” was a polite way of putting it. Our review? ZZZZZZZ

Michele Keys, Colorado Springs

I’m so sick of hearing that a financially successful film must be a good film! Pearl Harbor was a bad movie—period! Can $75 million in ticket sales be wrong, as Julie Daniel asks? Yes. The quality of a film, like the quality of a book or a painting, is measured by things other than “I liked it”/”I hated it.”

Chris Fisher, Chesterfield, Mo.

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