For several years I have been an avid subscriber-reader of your fine magazine. It is my personal belief that you have provided sportsmen and nonsportsmen alike with a tremendous wealth of informative material. No article, however, has been more provocative or enlightening than Lord Ritchie-Calder's Mortgaging the Old Homestead (Feb. 2). The pollution and erosion of our environment through human means is the gravest matter of our time and well worth the concern of any journalistic publication, especially one concerned with sport and its relation to man.
As a writer, I was greatly moved by this article. As a human being I am greatly ashamed that mankind is pursuing the course it has at present set for itself. I am happy to see that the editors of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED have spoken out through Lord Ritchie-Calder's article for those of us who wish to preserve the earth as we know it. I hope others will take notice and see, smell and hear that, as Lord Ritchie-Calder wrote: "We have mortgaged the old homestead and nature is liable to foreclose."
Lord Ritchie-Calder's low-key, unemotional discussion of the destruction of our environment certainly touched all the bases. The implications are chilling, especially when one realizes how essential it is that we have rapport and communication between the scientific and political leaders of the world—to a degree that has never before existed.
It is indeed gratifying to see your fine publication doing its part to keep us aware of the problems—and, hopefully, the solutions.
KARL W. GLANDER
After reading Lord Ritchie-Calder's article I was left with the feeling that man has reached a critical point in his history. The worldwide pollution problem must be faced and conquered if we are to continue enjoying the magnificence of our dwindling open spaces. This can only be accomplished with the utmost cooperation among the peoples of cities, states and nations.
We will certainly progress, because it is in our nature to look for newer, if not always better, ways of living and expressing ourselves. However, man should try to develop an unselfish perspective, one that recognizes the fact that there are other creatures on this planet also.
It is a public service for SPORTS ILLUSTRATED to devote valuable space to articles like Ritchie-Calder's. Perhaps you will help to awaken the human race to confront this menace of pollution and to right the wrongs which we have committed.
I agree with you. The reprinting of Mortgaging the Old Homestead deserves the widest readership.
One of the potent thoughts: "When the device exploded at Alamogordo on July 16, 1945, and made a notch mark in history from which Man's future would be dated, the safebreakers had cracked the lock of the nucleus before the locksmiths knew how it worked."
It is ironic as well as extremely sad that our so-called "best minds" have invented the devices that have befouled our beautiful earth. Our earth is now damaged to almost the point of no return.
EARL B. COYLE