As Miss Kraft mentioned in her article, a parallel can be seen in our own history: the buffalo. Consider what would have happened if someone had written an article, Goodby, Buffalo, and Congress had passed legislation that protected the buffalo. One probable result would have been that when you went to the Stork Club you would be eating tough, stringy, buffalo instead of a marbled, juicy and tender porterhouse steak.
JOHN C. SCHWARZ
Big Sandy, Mont.
Your magazine has done irreparable damage to the American Guild of Kangaroo Tanners, the fine quality manufacturers of athletic goods, and also to many of this country's great retail outlets.
Your writer quotes a report of 10 million animals killed a year. Never has the kill been more than one million; it has generally been between 750,000 and one million. This kill has been going on for 20 years and has not yet diminished the kangaroo population in any way.
Kangaroo leather has been used in this country for more than 50 years and has been the mainstay of all the best-quality athletic footwear. For many years it was also the mainstay of men's and women's soft-leather comfort shoes. The only thing that has changed in kangaroo leather is the use of the hide and the manner in which it is tanned. When the market for comfort shoes disappeared, it was necessary to find new markets. These new markets were, for example, kangaroo golf bags, golf gloves, golf shoes, head covers, carryall bags. Rather than tear down this industry with an inflammatory article you should have given it a pat on the back.
Director, American Guild of Kangaroo Tanners
When the author stated that "it is relatively easy to eliminate a species but impossible to bring it back," she summed up all the arguments on this controversial topic.
CHEAPER BY TWO DOZEN
Hurrah and congratulations on your fine May 31 article, The New National Football League (?). Dan Jenkins' proposal probably made Pete Rozelle regurgitate, but I'm sure it drew praise from the football public.
A new league, a merger, a common draft and/or further expansion are highly possible if not inevitable. Football would benefit from truly national competition, and the fruits of such competition would be keen public enthusiasm.
My twofold hope is that some imaginative thought and positive action may ensue and that Pete Rozelle takes a hint from a restless public.
If eliminating "losers" is Mr. Jenkins' main objective why not put each of his 24 "New NFL" teams into 24 separate divisions, each playing intrasquad games? That way every team would be a winner.
ROBERT K. ROSKA
Come off it! Why not have the Brooklyn Centipedes in the East with Ed Kranepool at quarterback and in the West have the Hollywood Hi-Jackers, with James Bond as fullback?