After reading Edwin Shrake's article (How the West Has Won, Nov. 23), it is quite obvious that Mr. Shrake is prejudiced. The only reason the Western Division of the NFL has won so handily in the previous seven years is the fact that the Eastern Division title is constantly up for grabs until the last few weeks of the season. Last year, for instance, the leader was not decided until the last week. This constant struggle for league supremacy, week after week, is enough to wear out any team physically. The Bears last year and the Packers before them have practically coasted in year after year. Every team of the "manhandled" East plays a championship game every Sunday afternoon.
Here's a solution for the imbalance. First move Baltimore to the Eastern Division and Dallas to the Western Division. The fact that Baltimore is in the West and Dallas in the East renders the geographical titles of the divisions meaningless. Next, put Detroit in the Eastern Division with St. Louis replacing it in the West. Thus, two of the three best teams in the West would be moving to the East. To make up for the West's loss, they would receive two of the exciting young teams that have shown signs of becoming league powers in the near future.
Although Shrake predicted league balance in a few years, I feel that this plan would bring it about sooner. Also the change might be good for the teams involved.
What gives? An Austrian ski instructor on your cover demonstrating a "modified Austrian" approach to parallel skiing (Throw Away that Stem, Nov. 23)?
Get with it. American Skiing has come of age. It can stand on its own skis and its own method of instruction—the American Technique. We no longer need to look to Europe for equipment or for competent ski teachers.
CHARLES H. QUINN
Salt Lake City
PLUGGING THE DRAIN (CONT.)
Robert Boyle's article ( America down the Drain, Nov. 16) was a terrific example of how a strong report in a magazine such as yours can sting the public conscience. I, for one, was unaware of the extent of the problem that exists concerning the conservation of our natural beauty, resources and wildlife. But I am familiar with the Beaver Kill and Willowemoc Creek in southern New York, and they are certainly unique. To alter or destroy them would be an irretrievable waste.
Secretary of the Interior Udall also had a valid point when he said that sporadic outbursts are not enough.
I fully share Mr. Boyle's concern, especially as it relates to our crowded Northeast situation, where we are rapidly running out of paving space for the highways of the future. This is one of the principal factors behind my proposal for a high-speed intercity rail system in the Northeast states. Since a single set of railroad tracks can do the job of as many as 18 lanes of highway, we can easily perceive the close relationship between sound conservation planning and preservation of our railroads.
With specific reference to Boyle's article, I must disagree with his assertion that "newspaper campaigns have no effect." The Providence Evening Bulletin series on " Rhode Island the Beautiful," to which he referred, contributed a great deal to the establishment of receptive attitudes to conservation matters in our state, where the voters approved by a nearly 2-to-1 margin a $5 million bond issue for our so-called Green Acres program November 3. These state funds will supplement federal grants to finance purchase of land for new state parks, beach development and woodland and marshland preservation.
The excellent publicity by the Evening Bulletin helped greatly to inform the Rhode Island electorate and to encourage intelligent voting that will lead to a program of banking our resources for the future.