It is ironic that the same technology that gives us 1080 poison can also produce synthetic substitutes for wool. If these extermination practices are allowed to continue unchecked, will technology be able to produce synthetic coyotes or foxes or eagles—or sheepmen?
JOHN A. HUBICSAK
State College, Pa.
I went to college for three years to study wildlife and the management of various species of wildlife. In school I was led to believe that predator control went out around 1950. If, as Mr. Olsen claims, wildlife is still being decimated (managed) in this way, then students in this field are being duped as to the true facts and it's time for the young biologists to take over the responsibility of managing our wildlife and to get rid of the "old school" who are incompetent insofar as maintaining a public trust is concerned. Hopefully the present management is not as bad as Mr. Olsen would have us believe.
JACK M. BRIERLY
It is hard to articulate my profound and deepening feeling of despair that mankind is marching toward its own destruction. Since the opening up of the New World, man has had a bloodlust attitude toward animal life which continues to this day. Always it has been condoned on economic grounds, as is the program to exterminate predators today. If our economic system dictates that there is not enough of America for coyotes, wolves, raptors and black-footed ferrets, then I say there are too many Homo sapiens.
In our mad ripping apart of ecosystems, surely we shall eventually suffer as have so many other species; for much as we may think otherwise, we are entwined in the natural world and depend on it for survival. Please, let's stop our destructive tampering with death and instead get on with the very difficult job of making planet Earth a fit place for man and for beasts (of every kind).
God save us from ourselves!
I congratulate you, Mark Kram and Photographers James Drake, George Kalinsky, Neil Leifer, Herb Scharfman and Tony Triolo for the excellent job done covering the Fight of the Century (End of the Ali Legend, March 15). Kram's article is superb.
Everyone is entitled to his opinion, but Joe Frazier proved decisively who the real champ was.
It finally happened. The Louisville Lip has been beaten, and beaten bad. Of course, SI shows "the battered face of a winner," but not even you can take away the exuberant pride felt by the followers of Joe Frazier. Modesty, humbleness and sincerity are some of the ingredients of a true champion, and Joe Frazier has them all. Big-mouthing, loud talking and unjust criticism don't stand up in the ring.
Yes, Ali, you were right—no contest!
Big Rapids, Mich.
At last I've found an article on the fight that was fair. But your heading, End of the Ali Legend, is misleading; only the U.S. Supreme Court will end this man's career. Joe Frazier didn't do it.