As a citizen desperately concerned, yet totally at a loss as to what he can do, about the ravage of our natural bounties, I would like to express profound gratitude to SPORTS ILLUSTRATED for the timely, informative and revealing article, My Struggle to Help the President (Feb. 16). Robert H. Boyle offers ample evidence that individual citizens are concerned and are attempting to do their part—and more—in the struggle to overcome pollution, only to be thwarted in their efforts by bureaucratic attitudes.
One can only hope that Mr. Nixon will give a careful reading to Mr. Boyle's article and then multiply his story by thousands of similar cases. If concerned citizens cannot expect and receive the assistance of the officials of local, state and federal government in our "war," where can we go—before it is too late?
LANE W. ERWIN
I am pleased to see that SPORTS ILLUSTRATED is discharging its responsibility to the nation by devoting space to this most serious of crises. My Struggle to Help the President is a most revealing article which documents the incredible ineptitude and apathy of state and federal agencies charged with enforcing antipollution laws.
I ask the readers of SI to discharge their responsibilities by writing to their Senators and Representatives to complain of government foot-dragging on the pollution issue. I suggest that when they do write, they enclose a copy of Boyle's article.
WILLIAM G. HELLER
Fort Wayne, Ind.
I want to congratulate Robert H. Boyle for contributing My Struggle to Help the President and SPORTS ILLUSTRATED for publishing it.
Please keep up the fight. You reach a huge segment of the population, and it will take a monumental effort to take the blinders off the workhorses.
K. H. WOOD
There has been much in the news media recently concerning environmental pollution. Little has been done about it. Robert H. Boyle's article successfully demonstrates the futility of the antipollutionists in attempting to propagate action against industry through already-existing laws. As Art Glowka said, "People go to bed at night thinking that the Government is looking after things. Well, the Government isn't." For this reason, environmental improvement, along with other student movements, will gain unprecedented momentum in the '70s. Passive concern will be of little or no help, for "oil discharges from the Central pipe" will continue to "gush forth."
Thankfully, we are coming into the age of the eco-activist, for the good of all Americans.
May I compliment SPORTS ILLUSTRATED and Lord Ritchie-Calder for a perceptive and enlightening look at the crisis of our environment (Mortgaging the Old Homestead, Feb. 2)? I was particularly impressed by Lord Ritchie-Calder's call for planned cooperation between nations to resolve this complex issue. The depredation of our environment is certainly one problem that bridges political philosophy, race, religion, national boundaries and all the other contrived divisions that set us against one another in this country and in the world. Restoring the "quality of life" can be a challenge to all of us. As both a leading polluter and the home of many of the world's greatest scientific minds, America should take the lead in confronting the problems of a ravaged biosphere.
But what can we do individually? We cannot, obviously, all be scientists or legislators. But we can all be participants in the April 22 day of environmental concern being planned by schools and concerned groups across the country. It promises to be the first giant step in a broad national attack that will ally young and old alike.
FRANK THOMPSON Jr.