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MICHAEL ROW Thank you for not getting down and slinging the muck with the tabloids in your coverage of the Michael Jackson story ( 187, Sept. 10). There are always two sides to every story, and Dana Kennedy presented both sides of this one fairly and with some degree of compassion. My answer to your cover question ”Can this career be saved?” is a resounding yes, because it was never lost. As you so insightfully pointed out, Michael’s fans are extremely loyal, and we are not buying this story. And it is not just Michael’s fans who are not buying it, as your Gallup poll clearly shows. My advice to the press, his sponsors, and anyone less interested is very simple: Never underestimate Michael Jackson. Jan Carlson Ipava, Ill.

Congratulations on your Michael Jackson story. You are one of the very few publications to have a sensitive, thoughtful, realistic view of the situation. You did an outstanding job of helping all of us-readers and music fans-to focus on doing something positive about the Michael Jackson allegations. Lynn Lewis Canton, Mich.

On Michael Jackson: I believe that any man who is 35 and allegedly sleeps with a 13-year-old boy has to have some problems. I would like to ask this society of ours, which from your poll seems to be nonchalant about this alleged crime: Hello, is there anybody out there? Barbara Hall Bakersfield, Calif.

LOST ‘STREET’

You folks at EW try to be big shots in the entertainment world, and on the whole you deliver. But when you have Billy Joel review his work and forget the album 52nd Street-jeez, somebody in your research department needs to quit focusing on Heidi Fleiss photos. John Marvel Walnut Creek, Calif. Editor’s Note: Due to an editing error, Joel’s comment (”recorded fairly , quickly, but fun and with some jazz elements”) was cut from the story.

THINK ‘PIECES’

Meow! Why can’t some people give credit where credit is due? Whether you like country music or not, you have to admit that Garth Brooks is one of the greatest showmen and entertainers of the last 10 years, at least. The review of Brooks’ In Pieces is purely a piece of slam reporting. David Browne obviously has preset opinions on Garth that color his ability to do his job. The album is a work of art. Chin up, Garth, and keep ’em coming. Heidi M. Hess Baltimore

‘RISING’ STAR

Thanks for the superb photo and mini-article on Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa of Rising Sun. I’ve seen several of his film and TV appearances, and it was gratifying to see him finally get to play a three-dimensional character, Eddie Sakamura. Thanks for recognizing Tagawa for his standout performance, as well as revealing some of his personal background. (I’d been curious about him for years, but information on him was impossible to come by!) There’s a lot more to this highly talented actor than meets the eye. Nancy Harman Riner, Va.

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