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Mail: The Power Issue

Readers respond to Barney, Pearl Jam, Beavis and Butt-head and

POWER CHORDS

Although I enjoyed reading your Power 101 feature (#193, Oct. 22), why was Rush Limbaugh the only one you couldn’t print a decent picture of? I know you journalists hate this guy, but give him a break. Give him half a chance and you just might learn something. However, I feel I must give you some credit for putting a make-believe dinosaur before the president.
Elisa Wetzel
Shawnee, Okla.

Barney? Barney? Barney? How could you include that sickening, prehistoric purple marketing devil incarnate on your list (even at 101.5) and not include the man who I think re-created the format for morning radio, makes any program on which he appears a must-see, has Simon & Schuster’s fastest-selling book ever, is at constant odds with the FCC, and is also the devil incarnate—Howard Stern?
Douglas Higbee
Smithtown, N.Y.

Power 101 was most illuminating. No wonder what we see, hear, and read is so violent—only a few token women in powerful positions. Ninety-six men have top | spots as opposed to only 15 women, with only five in the top 50 and zero in the top 15! Okay, ladies, off with their heads? No, off with our TV sets!
Marci Fisher
San Diego

At the end of the day, do we flyovers really need another power list? It’s so five minutes ago.
Kyran Clune
Cheboygan, Mich.

PEARLY RISER

Regarding the open letter to Pearl Jam by David Browne: (1) Mr. Browne (or can I just call you David?) is a humorous, cynical guy; (2) David obviously has a problem with this band—perhaps a deep-seated sense of loss for (Seattle bands of years past like) Green River; and (3) the contents have all the makings of a bad TV movie: jealousy, disbelief, paranoia, and minimal reality (Michael Bolton comparisons?). I disagree with your interpretation of Vs.; however, I have to thank you for the letter. It was a hoot!
Kathy Haughan
Indianapolis

FIREWORKS

Although I truly feel for Darcy Burk over the loss of her child, I, as the mother of two teenage boys, can’t understand why her 5-year-old son was watching Beavis and Butt-head on MTV in the first place. I think parents should watch shows first before letting their children see them. If kids watch Bugs Bunny, they act like Bugs Bunny; if they watch the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, they act like the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. This is natural behavior.
Cindy Davis
Arvin, Calif.

Corrections: Our apologies to Tom Werner, whose photo did not appear in entry No. 58 of our Power 101 story. We also incorrectly reported that Sony Music Entertainment took over the No. 1 spot in record-industry market share in 1993; according to SoundScan, Warner Music Group still holds the lead by nearly six percentage points. And Rush Limbaugh’s radio show reaches close to 20 million listeners, not 3 million as reported.