Your article on Bud Collins (Bald Facts from the Boston Hacker, April 5) could have been written 25 years ago—only the people around him have changed. At Baldwin-Wallace College he was a lovable character whose biting wit was often employed to take our nonathletic detractors, with their acerbic tastes, down a peg. His enthusiasm, encouragement and love of all sports always made us varsity athletes think we were much better than we really were. That alone made him a joy to have around.
ROBERT A. LESLIE
Hats off to Donald Dale Jackson for his portrayal of Bud Collins. The "Boston Hacker" is one of the most vivacious and provocative announcers in the sports world. Jackson has astutely confirmed my belief in Collins' dedication to his work and the flair for tennis that his broadcasts convey.
LESSONS FROM MICA CREEK (CONT.)
Concerning the letters (March 22) in response to your article on the Mica Creek Dam project (When They Build Without a Blueprint, Feb. 23), I had to read the comments by Jonathan Polhamus several times in order to be sure of what he was saying. I knew people like him existed, but I thought they were all working for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Polhamus says the "conservation at all cost" ethic appears throughout the article. Has he ever stopped to think that if we had practiced a little conservation at a small cost throughout the last 100 years, we might not be in the jam we are in today? We wouldn't be running low on most fossil fuels, for one thing. If we had slowed down a little, perhaps we would have more of our wilderness areas left untouched, and fewer endangered species.
Some people don't seem to care about deer, bear, moose and waterfowl. They aren't worth enough on the open market. You cannot convert them into fuel, light a house with them or turn them into lumber to build more houses. After the animals have been destroyed in one area, these people think they can just go on to the next area and start the process all over again. As long as they have an unlimited supply of gas for under $2 a gallon, can have an all-electric home and can take a four-lane highway to the dark side of the moon and back, they are happy.
We can see the results of building without a plan all around us.
PETER K. LAWTON