May 06, 2002 12:00 PM

Dudley Moore

Thank you for placing Dudley Moore on the cover. In a week when other luminaries passed away, your decision to use Mr. Moore was welcomed. My father died of progressive supranuclear palsy a year and a half ago. This is a hideous disease. Perhaps your story will create public awareness.

Lynn Barber, Chicago, Ill.

Dudley Moore brought so much laughter into our lives for so many years. I hope he is in a better place now doing the one-legged Tarzan routine for Peter Sellers, Spike Milligan and Harry Secombe.

Gloria Lillibridge, Coventry, R.I.

It was with a heavy heart that I read the article about Dudley Moore’s fight with progressive supranuclear palsy. My husband died of this terrible disease in 1997, and like Mr. Moore he fought it until the end with great dignity and humor. May they now rest in peace.

Mona Snowden, Tallahassee, Fla.

Aware of PEOPLE’S long fascination with royalty, I was disappointed that you missed the rare chance to have a king and queen share your cover: the king of television, Milton Berle, and England’s Queen Mum. I think they would have been honored and amused.

Bill Johnson, Texas City, Texas

I cannot believe that Milton Berle, a true television icon who changed the face of prime time, is not deemed cover-worthy. It kills me when I think of all the countless has-been, never-was and easily forgettable people who have graced the cover of your magazine.

Christopher J. Babbitt, Hawthorne, Calif.

Out of respect, I think you could have at least acknowledged Milton Berle’s passing with an inset photo on your cover replacing such earth-shattering news as Britney and Justin’s breakup.

Carey Gesek Jones, Portland, Ore.

I have loved Dudley Moore since I was a little girl. Thanks for the cover showing him at his best.

Anne York, Miami, Fla.

Britney and Justin

Surprise, surprise! A twentysome-thing couple did not work out. Are they having sex or are they NOT? Are they married or are they NOT? Is anybody else annoyed with the coverage about Britney and Justin? Yes, they chose a public life, but can we at least give them some respect and let them deal with this in private?

Sheri Wiebe, Cambridge, Ont.

Megan Cahanin

I was sickened to read that the paddle is still being used in schools. It is disturbing to think that if a parent strikes their child, it could be considered abuse. However, when a school principal does this, it is considered discipline. Megan’s parents should have the right of disciplining their daughter, not Megan’s principal.

Laura Balanko, Edmonton, Alta.

As a girl I too was paddled a few times by my principal. And when I got home, I got more of the same from my parents. I am now 37, and I turned out to be a responsible wife and mother. Children today do not know right from wrong because the freedom to discipline has been taken away from parents and teachers. We need to teach our kids to respect authority, not thumb their noses at it.

Diane Sydow, Brutus, Mich.

Catherine Hicks

I was so delighted to read about 7th Heaven‘s TV mom Catherine Hicks. She has the same family values in her real life. As a new mother, I hope I will be the type of woman she represents.

Jody Bochenek, Orland Park, Ill.

Johnita DeMatteo

Kudos to judge Robert F. Julian for ordering Johnita DeMatteo not to smoke near her son or in their home. I hope parents who smoke read this and think twice. Kill yourself if you want, but don’t expose your kids to it.

Kelly White, Spring Hill, Kans.

Fred Berlin

Your article has added to the misconceptions about Klinefelter syndrome (XXY), a little-known disorder affecting an estimated 1 out of 500 males and caused by the presence of one or more extra X chromosomes. There are no well-controlled scientific studies linking this condition with pedophilia. But studies consistently indicate that the incidence of pedophilia and homosexuality was no greater or less in the XXY population than in the male population as a whole. We havhe spoken with Dr. Berlin, who confirmed that “the vast majority of boys and men with XXY will not become sex offenders.” “We appreciate your help in setting the record straight.

Carol Sprouse, chairman of the board, Klinefelter Syndrome & Associates (KS&A), and assistant clinical professor of pediatrics, George Washington University, Davidsonville, Md

Robert Shelton, communications director, KS&A, Loomis, Calif.

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