Jim Doherty's article Wyoming Plays Its Hole Card (May 17) was another startling reminder of who and what are really in control of this country. To me, the most poignant line in the entire story was Dick Randall's "Somewhere, something is rotten." The oil companies will throw us an occasional bone, and we will zoom on toward 1984. This should have been your cover story instead of Gaylord Perry's 300th win.
Ocean Park, Maine
I was upset to learn of the plight of Wyoming, because I have always looked forward to going back there. In 1969 my family drove east from Washington. I was awed by the green vastness of Wyoming and the Rockies ahead on the horizon. I have told many people of this Wyoming memory and can only hope that the residents of the state will remember what they have before it's too late.
In 1978 I was transferred by a major oilfield supply company from West Texas to Evanston. Wyo., the town that Jim Doherty wrote about. I had every intention of making my career in sales in that area, but after living for eight weeks in a small motel that charged more per night than I paid for a honeymoon suite at the Las Vegas Hilton. I felt the place was not for me. The resentment that the native townspeople expressed toward expansion and growth was almost scary. The town seemed reluctant to build home or apartment complexes or put in water or sewage disposal systems for mobile-home parks. I feel that the people of Evanston have created their own hellhole and do not have the right to blame the oil companies, or the Bureau of Land Management, or anyone except themselves.
Jim Doherty obviously knows nothing about the respected scientific discipline of seismic geophysics. Seismic field crews do not trample helter-skelter or make hellaceous wastelands of our national forests and natural resource lands. He wrongly criticized the hardworking, outdoor-loving men and women of the geophysical industry, and he misinformed the general public about exploration.
LEWIS A. ELLIOTT
It's good to read about an aspect of sport other than baseball, football, etc. While I'm not a hunter or fisherman or outdoorsman, I can understand and support the hunter-fisherman's position in Wyoming. True, we need oil. but we shouldn't get it at nature's expense in Wyoming. Maybe articles like this will bring the point home to others.
Come on. SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, not again! For the third straight year the Islanders were the NHL's supreme team, and for the third straight year you neglected to put the champions on the cover! E.M. Swift's article on the Stanley Cup finals (The Islanders Stick It to 'Em, May 24) and the opening picture were superb. In fact, it was probably the best piece you've ever had on the club. But how could you put the 49ers on the cover five times in four months and the Islanders no times in the last three championship years?
At the end of the article, you quote Bryan Trottier as saying, "I only hope people don't take us for granted and get tired of seeing us win [the Cup]." The only thing Islander fans are getting tired of is seeing the Isles win it and then finding someone else on SI's cover.
Deer Park, N.Y.
The only good that comes as a result of your continuous snubbing of the Islanders is that they are not subjected to any SI cover "jinx." Keep on ignoring them, SI. Maybe without recognition on your cover the Islanders will accomplish what no other NHL team has before: the winning of six consecutive Stanley Cups.
New York City
Congratulations to Jack McCallum for a fine article on Gaylord Perry (The Prime of the Ancient Mariner, May 17). Perry is an inspiration to people who think they are over the hill and can no longer stay in shape, let alone take part in athletics.
The only sad note was that Seattle Mariner fans couldn't bring themselves to fill even half the Kingdome to pay tribute to one of baseball's alltime greats. I hope that when Gaylord breaks Walter Johnson's strikeout record of 3,508, he does it in Oakland. We appreciate great players here.
ERIC J. FRIEDMAN