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Mail from our readers — Check out letters from those who agreed with us, and those who didn’t

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Oscar votes
Although I think that your predictions for the Oscars (214, March 18) were right on the mark, I can’t believe the critic’s personal picks — he would vote for The Piano over Schindler’s List? You don’t think that Steven Spielberg did an amazing job as director? And Daniel Day-Lewis deserved the Best Actor award 100 points above the rest. Ditto for Emma Thompson. Tommy Lee Jones? Please. His performance was merely satisfactory.
Charlie Herschel
New York City

I take offense at the manner in which director Henry Jaglom votes for the Academy Awards and the fact that he is allowed to vote at all. I find it a slap in the face to the nominees and to the Academy members who take voting seriously. I would hate to be a nominee in any category that Jaglom was allowed to vote in, knowing that my chances of receiving an Oscar are dependent on the vote of his office staff.
Alan Fama
Studio City, Calif.

Man-Watching
I thoroughly enjoy my subscription to Entertainment Weekly and read every issue from cover to cover. But I was incensed by the article on the Diet Coke TV advertisement. I am so sick of everyone being so insanely sensitive in the politically correct ’90s. Get a life! Let’s face it, there would be little humor and certainly no satire if we were all forced to be politically correct all the time. I enjoy a good laugh, so please, lighten up! I love the ad, and I am a liberated, feminist woman of the ’90s.
Kathy Dickinson
Belcamp, Md.

I was thrilled to see the ”Here’s the Beef” article. The Diet Coke and Hyundai ads on the tube make me afraid to be a woman. I hope that the men in this country don’t really believe that all women are as mindless, stupid, and superficial as the women in those TV commercials. Women have been the objects of this kind of sexist garbage for years. Reversing the roles and degrading men does not even the score; it puts us even further behind. How I long for the day when we are all seen as more than the sum of our body parts.
Heather M. Bottoms
Nashville

Candy Rap
I was grateful for your reflection on the life and work of the late John Candy, but I was surprised that his lovely performance in Only the Lonely was not mentioned.
Meg McSweeney
Brooklyn

To me, John Candy was the one actor who made me feel like he was part of my family. The sudden death of this gentle, kind man brought me to tears. He was a truly remarkable man-famous for the laughter he produced, and not for anything scandalous.
Jennifer R. Dunn
Durand, Mich.

Correction: In News & Notes ( 215, March 25), we reported that Roseanne Arnold paid the National Enquirer $20,000 to settle a dispute with paparazzi. Payments were in fact made to the self-employed photographers, not to the publication.