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Thanks for bringing to light the heroin situation in Hollywood (#339, Aug. 9), the latest battleground in our nation’s drug war. Though Dana Kennedy handled the topic with much grace and dignity, I still find it almost impossible to work up the respect for those who can’t even respect themselves.
Doug Strassler
Vienna, Va.

Why should we worry about these spoiled, overpaid actors and musicians who abuse their minds and bodies? It’s time for these stars to grow up and take some responsibility for their actions.
Alexis Troy
Staten Island, N.Y.

To run a Sound Bite of a Jay Leno joke about Robert Downey Jr. (and a tasteless ”Robert Downey Jr. Olympics” cartoon in a previous issue) cheapened the impact of an otherwise serious story. I don’t think you need to sink to such a low level — it’s not funny, it’s sad.
Kevin O’Brien

In your story of heroin use in the entertainment industry, you state that I was one of several users who worked with ”addiction intervention specialist” Bob Timmins in order to get clean. Although I know Bob, I first met him several years after I got sober — without his help.
David Crosby
Solvang, Calif.


In your recent story, Sting is called an environmentalist. But he fails to realize that sharing a chauffeured car and private jet with his comanager hardly fits any definition of carpooling. This is unacceptable. The environmental movement can do without the likes of this so-called green artist.
Steve O’Leary
North Tonawanda, N.Y.

‘Affair’ Minded

Hollywood is passing up a great opportunity in abandoning a movie version of The Dreyfus Affair. It’s got all the right ingredients: love, baseball, and an underdog struggle. The public usually doesn’t care whether a movie is about gay or straight characters; they care whether it’s good or bad.
Myra A. Oltsik
White Plains, N.Y.

Witchy Woman

Alicia Silverstone is too young to play Samantha in the movie version of Bewitched. Michelle Pfeiffer should play her, Jim Carrey should play Darrin, and Shirley MacLaine should play Endora.
Michael Ambrosio
Edison, N.J.

Bob’s Bud

A recent item referred to my ”thinly veiled contempt” for NBC tennis commentator Bud Collins. If, in deadpanning my responses to him, I left anyone with that impression, it could scarcely be less accurate. I have enormous regard for Bud. He is an intelligent, capable, accomplished, and most importantly, warmhearted guy. I consider him a friend.
Bob Costas
NBC Sports