Check out letters from those who agreed with us, and those who didn't on Valerie Bertinelli, Cowboy Junkies, and Jim Mullen's Hot Sheet

Mail from our readers

  • Made For TV
  • Valerie Bertinelli (#106, Feb. 21) loves football, hates dieting, listens to rock, and looks like that? I think I’m in love!
  • Joe Graff
  • Delran, N.J.

I think Valerie Bertinelli was not only made for TV, but also undoubtedly ”made for” everything else she has accomplished. I now look upon Bertinelli with nothing but admiration for both her personal and professional lives. She is a role model who deserves it all; and with a baby as cute as Wolfie, who could deny her?
Cyndi Hellinger-Wiggins
Hephzibah, Ga.

Valerie Bertinelli may be cute, she may be perky, but she is also one of the most untalented actresses in this day and age. What really gets to me, however, is just how much she complains. She has a successful career, her health, a loving (if unusual) husband, and an adorable child. And yet she will sit around and ”cry hysterically” because she doesn’t have a nanny and feels ugly? Grow up, girl. You have a life, as you yourself admitted, that others would want. What you need to do is hit your knees and thank God for all you do have.
Sally Richter
Los Angeles

Crossover Artists
Your review of the Cowboy Junkies’ new album, Black Eyed Man, suggests that the Canadian band attended a course called Americana 101 to come up with its images of railroads and post offices. Believe it or not, we have those things in Canada too — my wife takes a commuter train to and from work, and I have personally visited many post offices. A border is an imaginary line drawn by governments. This is the reason there’s often little difference between artists from different countries — and the reason that Canadians can enjoy American artists as easily as you can enjoy the Cowboy Junkies, Bryan Adams, k.d. lang, Rush, and countless others.
Michael LeBlanc
Port Perry, Ontario

‘Hot’ and Cold
Jim Mullen’s Hot Sheet is the most incisive commentary on current topics, issues, and vagaries of life. But tell me, am I to laugh, or recognize his rhetorical targeting and wince? Whatever, he makes Entertainment Weekly worth its price of admission.
Robert L. Schneider
Rock Spring, Ga.

With all the problems of racism we have today, Jim Mullen’s comment about the Winter Olympics is definitely not needed. What is he going to say about the Summer Olympics when the track and field sports and basketball teams are dominated by athletes of color? ”This looks like an NAACP rally”? Please leave your racist comments out of your usually amusing column. It’s not needed or appreciated.
Donna Blank
Olney, Md.

I ‘ve never enjoyed a magazine enough to write a letter to the staff. I got your magazine by default. It is one of the highlights of my week! Thank you for providing in-depth, well-researched, well-written, entertainment news.
Rhonda Boone
South San Francisco