Check out letters from those who agreed with us, and those who didn't on ''JFK,'' ''Parents' Guide,'' and ''Violence''

Mail from our readers

Thank you for the balanced and informative feature on JFK by Allen Barra, Ty Burr, et al. (#101, Jan. 17). The article allowed Oliver Stone, who has been unfairly maligned by the media, to tell his side of the story. Our citizens should not be dissuaded from seeing this exceptional film about the courage of Jim Garri-son and his crusade to find the truth about what really happened that tragic day, Nov. 22, 1963. Besides being dazzling entertainment, JFK may provide the impetus to get the government’s sealed files opened, so that interested parties can try to find out what really happened.
Roy E. Nottingham
Springfield, Ill.

As an American watching JFK, I was appalled. Not at the movie, but at the gross ineptitude displayed by our government during the entire investigation of JFK’s murder. Oliver Stone should be applauded for raising questions that should have been raised long ago by our government officials. His movie does not try to give us the answer to the question of who killed JFK but rather tells us that we’ve been lied to as a nation, and that we should demand the truth.
James Merilatt

Let me get this straight: According to Stone’s JFK, a hodgepodge of the CIA, the FBI, Army Intelligence, elements of the military-industrial complex, and sundry others managed to kill off the Kennedys and Martin Luther King and keep it covered up all this time? Nothing that big can stay that secret for that long. Especially when you consider that, by implication, these are the same folks who couldn’t keep the lid on a simple break-in at the Watergate Hotel a few years later. What JFK does demonstrate without a doubt is that a passive, undereducated, uncritical moviegoing audience gets the conspiracy theory it deserves.
F.P. Wilson
Brick, N.J.

Guide Lines
I have just finished showing your Parents’ Guide to another concerned parent at my theater. I get asked frequently, ”Why is (fill in the blank) rated PG-13?” Most of the time I have a fair idea, but sometimes the rating just does not seem to fit a particular film. The newest addition to your fine magazine makes my job so much more enjoyable.
Tom Wyse
Manager, Paramount Theatre
Kankakee, Ill.

As a longtime admirer of the exquisitely crafted fiction of Richard Bausch, I was pleased to note the favorable review your publication gave to his latest novel, Violence. But I was even more pleased to note the existence of a Bausch novel that seems to have escaped my attention, the referenced Mrs. Field’s Daughter. Of course I have read Mr. Field’s Daughter, which is certainly one of Bausch’s better books. I can only assume the novel you cited is a companion to the better-known novel and concerns the Fields’ other daughter, Cookie.
David Wiegand
San Francisco

Editor’s Note: Mr. Wiegand is right — it’s Mr. Field’s Daughter.