If I own something (e.g., money) and am able to use it according to my own values (either giving it to the United Fund or not), then I am not being coerced or using coercion. But if I own something (e.g., a gun) and somebody takes it away from me by force (gun-control legislation), I am being coerced.
By refusing to distinguish economic power from political power and ascribing to the former the vices of the latter while obliterating the virtues of each, SI and the YWCA (in this instance) are helping deliver the world to collectivism.
I've just finished reading your article Hottest Guns in the South (Aug. 13). It is probably the best coverage of a shooting event I have ever read. However, as a trapshooter, I take offense at your references to my sport. The statement that trapshooting was felt to be easier than skeet really was a low blow. Also, the statement on the "more gentlemanly" skeet shooters was rather upsetting.
STEVEN J. BOSSI
San Leandro, Calif.
Jack Olsen's story on the Umpqua (Love Letter to a Restless River, Aug. 20) is highly amusing but could be extremely misleading to those who do not know the river. He says, "Fish queue up to mug your hook" and "Umpqua tradition has been to take your limit and tell no tales." What nonsense.
It is nothing like that and has not been during the 30-odd years I have fished there. As Rod Haig-Brown, Jack Hemingway or Loren Grey would tell you, an experienced steelhead fisherman would consider himself fortunate to hook one a day. I know of instances when anglers of international reputation have not landed one in a week of hard fishing.
The Umpqua is a great and beautiful river but a big producer of fish it definitely is not.
Lake Oswego, Ore.
Unfortunately, Jack Olsen's article on the North Umpqua River was ill-timed. The river is at its lowest flow in history. Fishing this year has never been so poor. Because of the low flow it is estimated fishing has been ruined for at least the next five years. Please relay this information to your readers.
For those still bent on fishing the river, however, the least Olsen could do is give directions as to how to get there: drive straight north from Portland until you see the signs to Steamboat.
Idleyld Park, Ore.
?Oregonians apparently will go to any lengths to protect their river. While most Oregon rivers, including the Umpqua, are low this year and fishing is down from recent high levels, state officials assure us that fishing on the Umpqua is far from "ruined." As for Mr. Nolte's directions, don't swallow the bait. The Umpqua lies some 180 miles south of Portland.—ED.
OUT TO PASTURE?
My comments concern Bob Ottum's article on the miniaturization, economization and dehorsepowering of Ford's great Mustang, now Mustang II (The Horse That Turned Back into a Pony, Aug. 27). I just hope Chevrolet keeps its Camaro a true sports car in every sense of the word—size, looks and performance.