CONSERVATION: RECREATION FOR ALL
Urbanity and the Wilderness (SI, March 16) sounds a warning: we must preserve a few places that are green and wild in order to find solitude for the multitude. The Midwest is becoming an urban strip from Cleveland to Green Bay.
The glacier mass which covered the Middle West thousands of years ago did us many a good turn. When it receded, it not only gouged out the Great Lakes but also left in Wisconsin, in a great loop spanning the state, the 500 miles of moraines which marked the glacier's farthest advance.
Along this strip today are clustered superlative examples of every glacial feature—kettle holes, long drumlins, steep kames, serpentine eskers, glacial lakes, marshes and forests. Too thin for farming and too sparse for lumbering, these glacial lands are still low priced. But in the face of our urban explosion—the moraines are just a few miles from Milwaukee, the twin cities, and other population centers—this will not last for long. This is why many of us are urging Congress to enact H.R. 915, which would create and preserve the Ice Age National Park for all the people. Hopefully, some who read SPORTS ILLUSTRATED can give us a hand.
HENRY S. REUSS
U.S. Representative from Wisconsin
It was very refreshing to read Urbanity and the Wilderness. We here on Cape Cod are in a life-and-death struggle over the founding of a new national park.
Unfortunately, as always appears to be the case, the fear of losing a possible income dollar seems to throw the great majority into a panic, and in situations like this, the good of mankind takes its ultimate position on the bottom of the totem pole. Everyone with an acre of land for sale, everyone who thinks that some time in the future he might want to build a hot dog stand, all these are against the foundation of the national park, and they appear to be a majority here on the cape.
Those of us who would like our grandchildren and other people's grandchildren to be able to see some of the original beauty of Cape Cod are being ridiculed. The laughable part about this is that the opponents of the national park claim they want to keep Cape Cod unspoiled and one town selectman even holds up the "horrors" of Acadia National Park as something for us to avoid.
Many of us are getting a little tired of fighting this cause by ourselves and are asking for your help. After all, it is important to everyone in the country that the cape stay as unspoiled as it still is, and if you get behind the foundation of the national park here, I am sure the greedy here will dwindle into an insignificant minority.
FREEMAN F. DODGE
?Readers are hereby invited to lend a helping hand to Wisconsin and Massachusetts conservationists. A bill to create a national park from Cape Cod's unique Great Beach was introduced in the last session of Congress, but no action was taken. Experience has shown that communities adjacent to well-used national parks profit economically far more than those which have allowed their scenic assets to be ruthlessly exploited.—ED.
TENNIS: FORM REVERSAL
In his article on professional tennis players (SI, March 9) James Murray states:
"In former years...the tour matched the leading new ex-amateur against the top pro, who would proceed to chew him up mercilessly."