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19TH HOLE: THE READERS TAKE OVER
Edited by Gay Flood
October 10, 1983
GUARDIAN OF THE INTERIORSir:Congratulations and thank you for the objective insights provided by Special Contributor Bil Gilbert and Writer-Reporter Robert Sullivan in the first part of your special report on Secretary of the Interior James Watt and his administration of our natural resources since 1981 (Inside Interior: An Abrupt Turn, Sept. 26). If in the past that department has promoted "blind preservationist" policies, then for the last two years it has adhered to a philosophy of conspicuous conservative consumption as articulated by a foot-in-the-mouth elitist.
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October 10, 1983

19th Hole: The Readers Take Over

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GUARDIAN OF THE INTERIOR
Sir:
Congratulations and thank you for the objective insights provided by Special Contributor Bil Gilbert and Writer-Reporter Robert Sullivan in the first part of your special report on Secretary of the Interior James Watt and his administration of our natural resources since 1981 (Inside Interior: An Abrupt Turn, Sept. 26). If in the past that department has promoted "blind preservationist" policies, then for the last two years it has adhered to a philosophy of conspicuous conservative consumption as articulated by a foot-in-the-mouth elitist.

I submit that Watt is a political and environmental oil spill looking for a place to happen. It seems unfortunate that such an individual should have the responsibility for our greatest natural resources.
JIM STABILE
Darien, Conn.

Sir:
The article clearly reveals the insensitivity of the present administration toward the land and all of its inhabitants. James Watt is what I would call the grinning skull that sits on top of a Reagan machine that would like to gobble up all the minerals, oil, timber and other natural resources, thus allowing the privileged few to reap the profits.

I applaud the research and writing of Bil Gilbert and Robert Sullivan, and I thank SPORTS ILLUSTRATED for publishing their efforts.
JOHN KAHIONHES FADDEN
Resident Artist
Six Nations Indian Museum
Onchiota, N.Y.

Sir:
Congratulations on a job well done! Without a doubt, James Watt poses the most significant threat to wildlife and natural resources in this country. What remains to be seen is whether we as a nation can survive the threat. Without staunch and unyielding protection of our irreplaceable natural heritage, one shudders at the prospect of what the future may bring.
DOUGLAS W. TULIN
New York City

Sir:
If James Watt continues on his crash course of destruction, we won't have to worry about his managing the interior because there won't be any interior left to manage! Sign me disgusted.
KATHY SCHMIDT
Delaware, Ohio

Sir:
I am in my late 60s and a Republican who leans very far right. All I've got to say is that Will Rogers would not have liked James Watt.
FRANK W. CARTER SR.
Memphis

Sir:
I resent your special report attacking Secretary Watt. I am one of those senior citizens who voted for Ronald Reagan, and I think the massive federal holdings shown on your map should be reduced, not increased.

The author scores points via evasive phrases such as, "Most Americans think that," etc. Where is his scientific data on what most Americans think?

As a right-winger pictured as wearing horns, I object to the left-wingers' being presented as always wearing halos. Just because we silently receive your slings and arrows doesn't mean we can't read or feel. That's why we voted for Reagan and will do so again.
EDWARD R. PEIRSON
Harrisburg, Pa.

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