In Maine we long ago recognized the problem and are now doing something about it. Such things as increasing the facilities of our state parks, developing new summer and winter outdoor recreation areas, new laws to outlaw the abandoned automobile, building our highways through low cost or blighted areas where practicable, an honest, energetic program underway to clean up our rivers and lakes, a national citation for the finest and most effective anti-litter program of the 50 states, urban renewal and transportation and traffic studies in our major cities, huge municipal sewage construction underway and legal preservation of our own wilderness area, the Allagash, are blunt testimony to the fact that we do care.
Boyle's article could have been just as forcibly written from the opposite viewpoint. Down with Down the Drain.
Regardless of the route—indifference, ignorance or other—Americans who savor outdoor recreation and untampered natural scenery as a necessary ingredient for making life more livable may find out too late that our "fat" society is providing the means of getting all dressed up (more leisure time, fine sporting equipment, etc.) at a rate of acceleration precisely equal to production of no place to go. At least no place close to home. Both Canada and Hell are possibilities, but they can't be gone to every day.
The fight to preserve natural resources could be likened to an inept boxer: 99% defense, 1% offense, with most of his time being spent in preventing something catastrophic from occurring, and the tiny remainder in asserting his own talents.
WILLIAM H. KELLY III
Livingston Manor, N.Y.
Bravo for Boyle! While we in Canada have not yet managed to despoil and pillage the land, we are certainly on our way.
For example, a British Columbia cabinet minister earlier this year proposed that mining and logging companies should be allowed to chew up the land and cut trees in provincial parks. All in the name of progress!
Perhaps our "advanced" civilization could learn something from the traditional beliefs of the Plains Indians who held the land as sacred and not to be despoiled. How about a formation of a militant lay organization; perhaps the North American Conservation Society?
When Louis B. Mayer imported Alibhai from England as a 3-year-old, he of course had no idea of the magnitude of the venture. But the facts as now set down suggest that this, for American racing, was an epic event. Alibhai's grandson is the great Kelso—five times Horse of the Year.
E. E. ANDERSON JR.
Lake Tahoe, Nev.
In your story "Great Gelding" (SCORE-CARD, Nov. 23), you give Kelso's birthplace as Mrs. duPont's Woodstock Farm in Maryland. This is a mistake. Mrs. duPont, Kelso's owner, was a shareholder in the stallion Your Host, who sired Kelso. Her mares often foaled at Meadowview Farm in New Jersey, where Your Host was standing. In 1957, however, the year Kelso was dropped, his dam, Maid of Flight, was booked to Ambiorix, at A. B. Hancock's Claiborne Farm in Bourbon County in Kentucky and was sent there early in the season to await breeding time. Therefore Kelso was conceived in New Jersey but foaled in Kentucky.
Head Librarian, The Morning Telegraph
New York City
Kelso was not foaled on May 4, 1957, as many believe, but on April 4 of that year, at Claiborne Farm in Paris, Ky. This is the birthplace of many great racehorses, including Bold Ruler and Round Table, who were both born there in 1954. But it may interest some that May 4 is the birthday of his gracious owner, Mrs. Richard C. duPont.
KERRY B. FITZPATRICK