On the other hand, I was heartsick to be the only Thomas ignored. Here I am, the unmentioned sister, one of lacrosse's greatest boosters (even my six-month-old daughter has an 18-inch stick), and my chance to appear in print in SPOTRS ILLUSTRATED was blown!
We'll sell the country on lacrosse yet.
MRS. PAT THOMAS KAPLAN
All I can say is bravo to Bil Gilbert (Gospel of False Prophets, April 24) for writing an article I have been waiting a long time to read. As a forester, I am often confronted with "instant ecologists" who try to dictate what they think is ecologically sound for the forest. To give you just one example, these weekend warriors are often horrified at the cutting of a tree. They don't realize that nature has its own way of felling trees through Forest fires, disease and insect infestation.
Thanks again for exposing ecology.
Old Forge, N.Y.
While Bil Gilberts article quite humorously points out some misuses of the word ecology, much of what he says does a disservice to the environmental movement. It is hardly accurate to describe the conservation movement, which has opposed the development of the SST, the turning of streams into ditches by channelization and the devastation of land by strip mining, as "a rather pathetic attempt on the part of man to hold back the forces of change." The forces of change we wish to hold back are not those of nature, but those that stem from man's destruction of the very ecosystem on which he depends.
Environmental Policy Center
Bil Gilbert is an ecological Archie Bunker.
JIM M. BROWN
Lake Charles, la.
Perhaps Bil Gilbert's article is as negative toward the field of sports as it appeals to be toward environmentalists. In Los Angeles children are not permitted to play in active sports on smog-alert days.
There are many waters in this nation which can no longer be used for swimming, fishing or even sailing. I here are thousands of counties where the game is gone.
What is Gilbert's point? Why has he chosen and SI permitted him to concentrate upon the peanut-gallery aspects of a deathly serious topic? How can SI portion out four pages to a writer who makes such conclusions as: "Whatever the outcome, 50 or 0 billions, we can rest assured that there will still be ecology."
KENNETH F. CURRY
Although Gilbert makes a good point or two concerning the use of the word ecology, his leaning toward predestination makes him sound like the falsest prophet of all.
The last part of the article was so infuriating that I concluded he was either writing with tongue in cheek or being purposefully and unnecessarily controversial. I hope everyone Will see through his distortions and misunderstandings and pay no heed to the article.
JOHN OTTO OLSON
Fort Kent, Maine