One of the responsibilities of public journalism in a free country is to educate, a job too often given only token nods by the media. Your magazine has long been aware, however, and continues to make the country aware (SCORECARD, May 13), of the dangers to our environment arising from the irresponsible and indiscriminate uses of our natural heritage by profit-oriented special-interest groups. Through SPORTS ILLUSTRATED I have learned a good deal about the causes and effects of acid rain, the water problems in Florida and California, the deterioration of forests and wildlife in Montana and Colorado, and the politics that have contributed to the ongoing destruction.
I realize that many people have rebuked you by asking, "What has this to do with sports?" Allow me to point out in answer that roughly 3,000 men participate in the "big four" professional team sports, while tens of millions of people hike, jog, camp, fish, swim, canoe, sail, ski and hunt in our tremendously diverse and beautiful outdoors. Thank you for recognizing that sport is not just an activity between two teams, in a stadium, with uniforms and a ball and thousands of spectators. If we destroy our outdoors, we will have destroyed our sports.
CHRIS W. GRAUL
ASHLEY IN ACTION
We took great joy in reading N. Brooks Clark's SPOTLIGHT (May 13) on Ashley Whippet. It brought back some good memories, especially of his performance during that Monday Night Baseball game. There are a lot of people out here who don't realize how important that dog was.
Our only regret was that there was no picture of Ashley in action. It would be nice if you could publish one for all the people who loved Ashley from afar.
?Here he is.—ED.